Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1049 ( Monday 1 Decemeber 2014 )

MELANESIA

1) West Papua ‘Independence Day’ marked today

1 December 2014

Solidarity events are being held today around the world to mark West Papua Flag Day.

December 1st is the 53rd anniversary of West Papua’s declaration of independence from the Netherlands in 1961, a year before Indonesia invaded the territory.

The former Dutch New Guinea was subsequently incorporated into Indonesia under a UN-sanctioned process.

However, West Papuans continue to mark Independence Day in a variety of ways, including demonstrations, raising the outlawed Morning Star despite the threat of arrest and incarceration by Indonesian police.

Today there are expected to be demonstrations and flag-raisings in West Papua, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific in support of West Papuans’ calls for self-determination.

A rally will be held outside New Zealand’s parliament today and in Vanuatu it is a public holiday, as a gesture of solidarity.RNZI

2) Vanuatu’s deputy PM hopes for united West Papua voice

1 December 2014

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Vanuatu’s former Prime Minister, Edward Natapei, says he hopes a united political force for West Papua will be formed as a result of a conference being held in Port Vila this week.

The three-day conference is an attempt to try and form a unified bid to get West Papua membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Edward Natapei says West Papua’s last bid to join the MSG was knocked back because the delegation wasn’t able to form a more representative bid.

But he says that if a single body is formed there is no reason why it would not be able to become a member at the next MSG leaders’ summit.

“We hope that after this meeting, there will come out a united force that will prove beyond doubt the West Papuans are united, and therefore they should be admitted to be members of the MSG.”

Whether or not that united force is created should be known when the conference ends later this week.RNZI

3) Kokoda trek gets K10m for upgrade

By Online Editor
9:57 pm GMT+12, 30/11/2014, Papua New Guinea

Governor of Papua New Guinea’s Oro Province, Gary Juffa has commended the O’Neill – Dion Government for recognizing the importance of allocating K10 million (US$3.9 million) for work along the Kokoda Trail corridor to improve the infrastructure and stimulate economic activity.

He particularly commended Minister for Environment and Conservation John Pundari for his no nonsense approach in reaction to the pleas of the people of Kokoda who had requested for some form of funding to compensate for the lost opportunities of having much of the area where the trail is located a “conservation area” preventing mining development.

The funding allocated by the National Government is welcome news for the Kokoda people and the Kokoda Local Level Government and the Oro Provincial Government. The funding came about after concerns were raised by the people of Kokoda through their LLG President Jackson Iriro and Governor Juffa immediately after the Juffa – Bori Government took office in 2012 about the continued economic plight of the people of Kokoda.

While Kokoda is world famous in particular in Australia as a significant World War 2 location where pivotal battles had been fought, the people of Kokoda have seen very little benefit from a K53m (US$20.7 million) trekking industry as most companies are operating in Australia and a miniscule portion of the revenues make it to the people of Kokoda or the Governments.

He said the activities of the Kokoda Track Authority (KTA) will be also be reviewed so that issues affecting the people on the ground are adequately addressed with the help of such funding and if the organization was found to be irrelevant then the Oro Provincial Government would establish its own body to levy fees and see that relevant taxes due to the State were paid by the companies operating along the trail.

Juffa said all tracking companies operating on Kokoda should be paying tax to the Oro Provincial Government for their business was along the trail.

He said the KTA operations should basically look at reviewing the historical significance of the track and not necessarily and building a township that would reflect the significance of the location as an important World War 2 historic location. 

“For too long Canberra and Waigani have claimed Kokoda as an important location and yet there has been very little tangible development along the trail for the people who live there, people who are the descendants of those who fought or participated in the war effort to secure PNG and indeed Australia.

“If Kokoda is important, let us develop it as a somber place of reflection for all who have some attachment to that location to be able to come and visit and pay homage and respect for what happened. It’s all very well for tourists from Australia to come and walk and go back and reflect with great nostalgia about their adventure and history but the reality is my people still walk miles to excess basic services and this is simply not fair. We are not asking for handouts, just recognition. If they prevented us from economic opportunities, they must provide alternatives. I am pleased to see PNG and Australia react positively,” he said.

The OPG allocated K500,000 (US$195,700) for Station Rehabilitation for Kokoda this year and that stream of funding will continue and be given greater credence with the K10m funding made available in the 2015 budget. Meanwhile Kokoda Day will be an annual event funded by the National Government and Provincial Government and will fall every November at a selected day.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS

4) Vanuatu daily news digest | 1 December 2014

by bobmakin

  • Daily Post today reports Indonesia warning Vanuatu concerning its support for the West Papua independence movements with the forum which has begun in the Vanuatu capital. Despite the rain yesterday and today people turned up for the church service at the Saralana Park yesterday and address today by Vanuatu PM Natuman. The Indonesian Embassy warned that any support for the conference will affect the bilateral relations between Indonesia and Vanuatu and calls on Vanuatu to take the matter seriously.
  • Emalus USP students in Port Vila raised the West Papua flag Friday, ahead of the forum commencing. The flag depicts the Morning Star and is known as such.
  • Post also reports the two high risk prisoners being re-captured.
  • Radio Vanuatu News today reports a budget surplus during the financial year 2013. It was for VT 390 million, and owing to an improvement in revenue collection methods. Another budget surplus is expected for 2014 Finance Minister Simelum stated.
  • The Independent has arrived and says six senior Police officers have been suspended. The paper refers back to the alleged mutiny of 2011 and is said to refer to the present acting commissioner himself in some way. Charges will be heard in court tomorrow, 2 December.
  • The Independent also reports the Natuman Government close to signing an agreement to finally repair Bauerfield.


POLYNESIA

5) Tonga viligance means no HIV cases in 2 years

1 December 2014

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The director of Health in Tonga says the kingdom needs to continue its work in preventing HIV-aids including educating on safe sex, to reach new United Nations targets.

The United Nations Global theme for World AIDS Day is ‘Getting to zero, zero new HIV cases, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths’.

Dr Siale Akauola says his ministry has been successful in keeping the number of HIV/aids cases in Tonga at 19 since 2012.

But Dr Akauola says they need to stay vigilant.

“We have to continue on the advocacy. Although we have to celebrate and give credit to the activities that have been done so far, the susceptibility of the public is not reduced. We are still seeing a high level of STIs, (Sexually Transmitted Infections), and teenage pregnancy so we have to protect people who are behaving in susceptible ways. We can’t rest on our laurels.”RNZI

6) Confusion a factor in Tonga democrats poor showing

1 december 2014

A political scientist says the Democratic Party in Tonga may have confused the electorate, resulting in it doing relatively poorly in last Thursday’s poll.

The party, led by long time democracy campaigner Akilisi Pohiva, won eight of the 17 popularly elected seats.

It had hoped for a majority to ensure that it could form the government but the director of Pasifika at Massey University, Dr Malakai Koloamatangi, says the party appeared to lack unity after jettisoning some of its MPs from 2010.

“A lot of people, particularly outside Nuku’alofa, would have been, I think, confused by the conflicting messages that were coming from Pohiva and also of course from the incumbents that he had campaigned with in 2010 but obviously disscarded for this campaign.”

Malakai Koloamatangi.

Attempts to forge coalitions to make up the new government are continuing.RNZI

7) French Polynesia assembly rebuked for compo call

1 December 2014

The French high commissioner in Tahiti has rebuked the French Polynesian assembly for passing a resolution, which calls on France to pay compensation for the environmental damage caused by its 193 nuclear weapons tests.

Lionel Beffre says the resolution is astonishing and while it can be seen as an unfriendly gesture towards the French state, it is the result of special circumstances that he needs to explain to Paris.

It was tabled by the ruling anti-independence Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party, but failed to get the territorial government’s support in what is seen as the biggest ever rift within the party.

The votes needed for it to pass came from the pro-independence camp, which says it will now take the resolution to this week’s meeting of the United Nations Decolonisation Committee in New York.

In his response, Mr Beffre dismissed calls for rent payments for the former test sites of Moruroa and Fangataufa as legally flawed, saying the two atolls were excised in 1964 and are now part of France’s inalienable domain.

The resolution calls for France to own up to its nuclear past and for international experts to determine the compensation sum.

The draft called for about one billion US dollars, which the opposition says is far too little.RNZI

8) Award winning cook book author acknowledges Pacific women as the inspiration behind Me’a Kai

By Online Editor
9:40 pm GMT+12, 30/11/2014, Fiji

Award winning New Zealand chef, Robert Oliver’ whose cook book catapulted Pacific cuisine globally has acknowledged Pacific women and mothers for inspiring him to write the winning ‘Me’a Kai’ cook book.

Oliver co-authored ‘Me’a Kai’ – a collection of recipes of Pacific cuisine. Me’a Kai surprised the world in 2010 when it won the World’s Best Cook Book at the prestigious Gourmand Cookbook Awards in Paris.

He was keynote speaker Friday at the regional Women In Business conference in Nadi.

His acknowledgement of Pacific women drew applause from the 200 Pacific women attending the conference.

“The award is for all of you women who continue to work hard to plant and bring your produce to the markets, to feed your communities. Women have also kept alive most of the traditional cuisines. If we lose these knowledge using traditional foods, we lose our culture, Oliver said.

He urged women to use locally grown foods instead of relying on imported and processed foods.

“A lot of our small island nations have become dumping grounds for unhealthy food products. Previously, the healthy diet consisted of fresh fish, coconuts and root crops.  A change to imported food has brought with lifestyle diseases. A friend of mine called it ‘food colonialism’, Oliver said.

Unfortunately, many Pacific Islanders have caught on this new fast food culture which Oliver called the ‘fish and chips’ generation.

The award winning cook book author used the opportunity to share his concerns about local foods in restaurants and hotels around the Pacific region.

“The perception is that local food is only good enough for the home but not for the menu in a fancy restaurant or for tourists in a hotel. I find that there is little regard for local foods by chefs in the Pacific.

“It should be an insult to us as Pacific Islanders when our own local food is not good enough for the tourists. Some tourists come to our shores to taste our cuisine but end up eating what they are used to in their country.

“When local food is in tourism, it becomes tourism for everyone, said Oliver.

Oliver, who was born in New Zealand but raised in Fiji and Samoa – has a great appreciation of local foods of the Pacific. He said one of the first things he does when he gets into a country is to go to food market to get a feel of the country’s food culture.

“The story of food is the story of the peoples in the Pacific. It is around food time that people sit together to discuss important issues. Food is an important part of the Pacific culture.

Writing the Me’a Kai cookbook was a miracle for Oliver.

“I had lost everything when the US was hit by the financial crisis. I decided to come back to my parents when this opportunity presented itself. I felt a miracle happened when my book was shortlisted with three others for the Gourmand award in 2010. In fact I only had $40 in my bank account when the book was launched, Oliver shared with business women from the Pacific.

The author of Me’a Kai has since then produced a cook book for Samoa and a television show, Real Pasifik, showcasing local foods prepared and cooked by local chefs.

One of my aims is to promote the use of local foods and empower chefs to use local foods.

“I am looking at setting up a restaurant in Auckland called Kai Pasifika and provide a space for cooking lessons from Pacific women and an area where Pacific chefs can do internship with the restaurant, said Oliver.

He was addressing women on the topic, “The Power of Pacific Cuisine.

SOURCE: PACNEWS

9) Recount For Cook Islands Final Parliamentary Seat Ordered
By-election ballots set aside, original votes in Mitiaro recounted


By Phillipa Webb

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Nov. 29, 2014) – The Cook Islands’ Chief Justice has struck off a vote in the Mitiaro electorate and ordered a recount.

The outcome of July’s general election has been uncertain for months with several petitions and appeals being lodged and a by-election held but not counted after a tie in the seat of Mitiaro.

Chief Justice Thomas Weston says one vote has now been deleted as the voter did not meet the qualification requirements.

He did not specify who the person had voted for.

One of the candidates, Tangata Vavia, of the Democratic Party, says a date has also been penciled in by the courts to hear various petitions relating to the Mitiaro seat.

“A tentative date of 8 December has been set to hear those petitions and whatever the outcome is – we will not know until that time.”

The Deputy Registrar of the court said a recount of the Mitiaro votes would be done yesterday, on order by the Chief Justice.

An announcement on the recount will be made next week upon the return of the Chief Electoral Officer from overseas.

Depending on the result of the recount, an outcome will finally be announced on who has won the Mitiaro seat, or a decision between the Judge and Counsel will be made to re-hear the electoral petition.

This follows a decision by the Court of Appeal to uphold a counter-petition submitted by the Cook Islands Party.

On Election Day Tuakeu Tangatapoto of the Cook Islands Party and the island’s previous MP, Tangata Vavia of the Democratic Party each received 50 votes.

But Vavia lodged a petition with the High Court, claiming Tangatapoto committed acts of bribery and treating in the election run-up.

The Cook Islands Party lodged an appeal against the decision with their own counter petition.

Cook Islands News

MICRONESIA


10) Public want longer prison sentences in Kiribati

1 December 2014

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The head of a commission set up to consult the public on introducing the death penalty in Kiribati says while most are against it, they want to see tougher sentences.

The President Anote Tong is supporting an amendment to the penal code to adopt the death penalty.

After the successful first reading of the Death Penalty Bill in September the President set up a Commission of Inquiry, chaired by Catholic Bishop Paul Mea.

A report will be tabled when the Kiribati parliament convenes today and Bishop Paul Mea says nearly everyone is against it.

But he says people are worried there are no maximum security facilities and that convicted murderers have it too easy.

“But now they are put together with other prisoners and they have a good time in prison. They have three meals a day, they can make business, make fishing nets and others and they get a lot of money from what they do in prison.”

Bishop Paul Mea says people are unhappy with the practice of the president reducing prison terms during independence celebrations.RNZI

11) Palau Launches Climate Change Policy, Action Plan Process
10 sector-based working groups meet to begin policy development

By Peter Erick Magbanua

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Nov. 28, 2014) – Over 50 individuals from a broad range of sectors and areas of society attended the launch of the development of Palau’s Climate Change Policy and Action Plan (CCP&AP) through the establishment of ten sector-based working groups that was held Wednesday at the Ming’s Court of the Palasia Hotel.

At the inception meeting, President Tommy Remengesau Jr. gave the keynote address and asked that all stakeholders make time to participate in this important process, particularly the upcoming risk and capacity assessments that will be scheduled with each working group over the next three months.

Palau’s Climate Change Policy and Action Plan is anticipated to be completed by the end of June 2015. Palau’s Climate Change Policy and Action Plan will address climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions including protection of carbon sinks (both forests and oceans). It involves consultations with a wide range of stakeholders from national and state governments, the private sector, and civil society.

“Climate Change is a real life threat to us and we, the Small Island Developing States are on the front line. We must take action now to protect ourselves from the impacts of climate change,” Remengesau said.

Work on development of Palau’s Climate Change Policy and Action Plan has been ongoing since 2013 with support from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) through funding from the European Union (EU) and the German Government (GIZ). This work included the preparation of a community engagement strategy and a climate change gaps and needs analysis for Palau in 2013. This final part of the process to develop Palau’s climate change policy and action plan will involve extensive consultations with sector stakeholders to build a coordinated national policy framework which will include prioritized actions that are to be taken to build the resilience of Palau to climate change over the next five years.

The 10 key sector working groups formalized at the inception meeting are: Biodiversity, Conservation and Natural Resources (Water, Soil, Gas, etc.); Agriculture and Fisheries (food security); Utilities (Telecommunications, energy, water, solid waste and sewage); Critical Infrastructure (roads, ports, airports, schools, etc.); Tourism, Finance (including insurance and banking); Commerce and Economic Development; Health; Society and Culture; Education; and Good Governance.

The sector working groups will participate in risk and capacity assessments that will be conducted over the next three months by a team of local consultants (Sustainable Decisions and Partners, led by Tiare Holm) hired by SPC and Palau to complete the Action Plan for implementing the Climate Change Policy.

The process will also include developing longer term vision statements for each sector and a national workshop will be held in March 2015 to further refine and gain consensus on priority policy actions/directives required to address national risks, capacity building needs and work towards achieving disaster resilient, low carbon development for Palau.

“In order to access funding we need first to know and articulate what our priorities are, and this policy framework development process is an opportunity to get this information direct from all sectors. There is currently in excess of 40 billion dollars for climate finance, which will rise to 100 billion a year by 2020 based on developed countries commitments under the Convention, so there is funding available,” National Environment Planner and National Climate Change Coordinator Charlene Mersai added.

The Inception Meeting was coordinated by the Office of Environmental Response and Coordination (OERC) with support from the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO), the Palau Energy Office, and the Weather Office on behalf of the Ad Hoc Committee on Climate Change (AHCCC) of the National Environmental Protection Council (NEPC).

Support for this work is being provided through the European Union-funded Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States (GCCA: PSIS) and the Building Safety and Resilience in Pacific Islands Countries projects, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) implemented Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region program and USAID, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program and other regional partners.

Island Times 

12) Marshalls buys Nepal-based Dornier aircraft

By Online Editor
9:53 pm GMT+12, 30/11/2014, Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands has bought a used Dornier 228 aircraft from an airline in Nepal for $2.1 million.

Transportation and Communications Minister Thomas Heine and Air Marshall Islands officials were in Kathmandu, Nepal earlier last week to sign off on a purchase agreement and accept the Dornier 228-212 aircraft from Tara Airlines on behalf of the government and the government’s national carrier, Air Marshall Islands.

Although the purchase is complete, the plane has yet to complete the review and approval process by the Marshall Islands Directorate of Civil Aviation. Air Marshall Islands General Manager Jefferson Barton said he hoped this would be done by the time the plane is re-painted in Manila next month with Air Marshall Islands livery.

“We are hopeful that all the other necessary requirements prior to being ferried to Marshall Islands after the paint shop will be smooth among the cooperating entities that are tasked to carry out such important functions as mandated by our laws,” Barton said.

John Roberts of the British company Airflite helped both Air Marshall Islands and Tara Airlines close the deal, which is valued at $2.1 million, said Barton.

Air Marshall Islands currently operates one Dornier and one Dash-8.

Its scheduled service has been compromised over the past several years by extended groundings of both planes for lack of funds to purchase parts. Its Dornier was grounded for four months earlier this year when the airline could not purchase replacement landing gear in time for a required equipment change.

The Nepal Dornier is 17 years old, five years newer than the one currently operated by the airline, said Barton. “Being from Nepal, which is about 5,000 feet above sea level, and away from a salty environment like the Marshall Islands, our Minister and his team were struck to notice ‘a literally rust- and corrosion-free’ aircraft,” Barton said.

With the incoming Dornier, “we expect the air service between Majuro and all the outer islands to improve significantly as there will be two Dorniers servicing the country together as compared to the current situation whereby we have only one and whenever the aircraft is down, it causes a great disruption to the service and hence, great inconveniences to Air Marshall Islands’ customers,” Barton said.

The plane is scheduled to depart Kathmandu on December 3 to fly to Manila for painting, which is expected to take up to four weeks.

The plane could be in the Marshall Islands by mid-January, Barton said..

SOURCE: MARIANAS VARIETY/PACNEWS

13) Reward Offered For Information On Saipan Double Murder
Chinese community puts up $20,000 for arrest of farmers’ killer

By Andrew O. De Guzman

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Dec. 1, 2014) – A total of $20,000 reward money, as of 6 p.m. last night, was being offered by the Chinese community in the CNMI for any information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of the individual or individuals behind the killing of two farmers last month.

“Later tonight, the reward will go up,” a business person, who declined to be named, told Variety.

The source said there were other people contributing reward money but want to remain unidentified.

When contacted last night, Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Deleon Guerrero said he was “very grateful” to the efforts of the Chinese community for sharing information and offering reward money.

The DPS chief said he met with the board members of the Chinese Association of Saipan on Friday, and will be meeting with the Saipan Fujian Business Association in the coming days.

“On top of information provided to authorities, I am very grateful to their efforts in setting up a reward money that will encourage other people to provide information to the case,” Deleon Guerrero told Variety.

The families of Hai Ren Li, 51, and Cheng You Li, 47, have returned to their home province of Fujian in China, together with the ashes of the departed following cremation on Guam.

Hai Ren Li died from a skull fracture due to blunt force trauma to the victim’s head, while Cheng You Li’s cause of death included multiple lacerations and wounds inflicted primarily on his neck.

Their bodies were found next to each other in a jungle area on the old airport runway in Koblerville on Nov. 2, 2014. They were last seen on Oct. 31.

Deleon Guerrero said a person of interest is cooperating with and providing information to DPS’s ongoing investigation.

Hai Ren Li and Cheng You Li were in-laws who worked as farmers in As Gonno.

Marianas Variety 

TOK PISIN

14) West Papua miting bai stat long Vanuatu long Wikend

Updated 28 November 2014, 13:50 AEDT

Caroline Tiriman

Toktok blong redi-im ol West Papua pipal long joinim MSG bai stat long Sande long Port Vila

Odio: Pastor Alain Nafuki, chairman blong West Papua Unification Committee long Vanuatu itoktok wantem Caroline Tiriman

Siaman blong West Papua  unification komiti long Vanuatu i mekim bikpla askim igo long ol yangpla pipal blong West Papua long go pas long strongim wok blong kisim indipendans.

Pastor Alan Nafuki i mekim despla toktok tede taem oli redi long holim bikpla miting blong ol West Papua Lida em bai stat long Sande long Port Vila.

Pastor Nafuki itok olsem, ol Freedom faitas i lapun nau na emi taem blong ol yangpla West Papuans long sanap na go pas wantem despla fait blong ol.

As tingting blong despla miting em blong helpim wok blong ol West Papuan pipal long joinim Melanesian spiahed grup oa MSG.

Pastor Nafuki itok tu olsem despla miting emi givin chans long ol lida blong West Papua long stretim ol bel kros na kamapim bel isi namel long ol iet.

Planti long ol despla pipal bai kam iet long West Papua, sampla bai kam long Europe na tu long Pacific rijan.

15) West Papua 53rd Anniversary long Melbourne

1 December 2014, 17:19 AEDT
Caroline Tiriman

Sampela pipol blong West Papua na ol sapota blong rait blong ol West Papua pipal long kisim indipendans i bung long Federation Square long Melbourne blong makim dei blong ol.

Piksa: Ol lain West Papua long Melbourne i redi long makim dei blong ol long Federation Square
Piksa: Trudy Silan, PNG student long West Papua bung long Melbourne
Piksa: West Papua activist Ronnie Kareni
Odio: Ronnie Kareni, West Papuan activist na PNG sumatin Trudy Silan i toktok
Tede emi 53 yar  we ol pipal blong West Papua i makim olsem National Day blong ol long 1961.
 
Despla dei, nambawan December i makim dei we ol pipal blong West Papua ibin apim Morning star flag blong ol aninit long ol wok em gavman blong netherlands ibin wok long redi-im ol long kisim indipendans, tasol long 1962 histori blong ol ibin senis taem Indonesia ibin go insaet na kisim nating West Papua.
 
Ol pipal blong West Papuans long olgeta hap blong wold wantem tu hia long Australia ibin makim despla dei tede na long Melbourne oli bin mekim wankaen bung.
 
Ol West Papuan pipal blong  Victoria, wantem tu ol saporta BLONG Australia na ol aborigini pipal ibin bung long Federation Square we oli bin holim na soim ol morning star flag, taem stori blong ol na wari ibin kamap long wanpla bikpla vidio screen.Radio Australia

16) PNG Aids long ol rurul eria

Updated 1 December 2014, 17:40 AEDT
Sam Seke

Planti long ol sik HIV/AIDS long ol rurul eria i kam long ol bikpela senta – na wok blong mekim pipol i save moa long dispela sik i wok long kamap isiisi.

Odio: Dr David Mills Medical Superintendent long Kompiam Rural Hospital long Enga Provins i toktok
Dr David Mills Medical Superintendent long Kompiam Rural Hospital long Enga Provins i toktok (Credit: ABC) 
Medical Superintendent long Kompiam Rural Hospital long Enga Provins itok bikpela wari we i stap long sait long dispela sik HIV/AIDS long gutpela awareness long dispela sik.
 
Dr David Mills itok ol ibin wokim planti awareness wok long dispela sik insait long 10 pela yar igo pinis, tasol planti wok i stap yet.
 
Em i tok planti taim ol pipol long peles husat ino save gut long sik AIDS, ol i no save lukautim gut ol famili oa haus lain blong ol husat i sik longen.
 
Dr Mills itok planti long ol husat i gat sik Aids long rurul eria long Enga, ol ibin kisim dispela sik long ol bikpela siti na i go bek long peles taim ol i sik.
 
Tede em i World AIDS Day na long PNG, moa long 3,000 pipol nau i kisim dispela Sexually Transmitted Infection long wanwan yar.Radio Australia

FRENCH

17) Brèves du Pacifique – lundi 1er décembre 2014

Posté à 1 December 2014, 17:55 AEDT

Caroline Lafargue

Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée: prise d’otages et pillage à l’aéroport de Lae. 

Cette nuit une trentaine d’hommes ont attaqué le deuxième aéroport du pays, celui de Lae, sur la côte est. Armés de pistolets, de fusils et de machettes, ils ont pris en otage des passagers et les 9 gardes de l’aéroport , avant de les relâcher deux heures plus tard. Un passager a été violemment tabassé. Pendant ce temps-là le reste de la bande a pu piller les bureaux et le garde-manger. Mais le gang n’a pas réussi à ouvrir le coffer-fort de la compagnie aérienne nationale, Air Niugini. Les pilleurs se sont enfuis au petit matin. 

  • Port-Vila: c’est l’heure de vérité pour la solidarité mélanésienne. Le Vanuatu accueillera mercredi plus de 200 indépendantistes venus de Papouasie indonésienne. Ce sommet doit permettre aux différents groupes de rédiger une candidature commune au Groupe Mélanésien Fer de Lance. L’Indonésie a envoyé une lettre de protestation au gouvernement vanuatais, lui demandant de renoncer à accueillir le sommet. Le premier défi, pour les indépendantistes papous, c’est de pouvoir quitter le territoire indonésien, et voyager jusqu’à Port-Vila, via la Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée. Le comité organisateur du sommet a demandé au gouvernement vanuatais d’affréter un charter pour aller chercher une trentaine de délégués à Port-Moresby. La Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, elle, refuse d’aider au transport des délégués indépendantistes. Radio Australia

18) Vanuatu: les tueurs de “sorciers” ont prémédité leur crime

Mis à jour 1 December 2014, 18:03 AEDT
Caroline Lafargue

Plus de 20 habitants de l’île d’Akham ont été transférés sur Santo la semaine dernière pour y être placés en détention provisoire avant leur mise en examen. 

Ils ont probablement commandité et participé à l’exécution publique de deux villageois il y a deux semaines. Les victimes étaient soupçonnées d’avoir tué des gens en pratiquant la magie noire.  
 
Parmi les bourreaux, il y avait des pasteurs, des chefs coutumiers, et des vieux du village d’Akham. Ils vont prochainement être mis en examen pour homicide volontaire. 
 
Tony Wilson, le rédacteur en chef du quotidien L’Indépendant du Vanuatu:
 
« C’est un événement inédit, qui a surpris et choqué tout le monde au Vanuatu. Les policiers sont abasourdis.  Parce qu’apparemment la double pendaison aurait été très largement préméditée. Ça a commencé par une prière collective, puis un tribunal villageois s’est réuni, et il a mis près d’une semaine avant de rendre son verdict et d’ordonner l’exécution des deux hommes accusés de sorcellerie. Donc tout le village est impliqué. Et le tribunal villageois affirme que les deux hommes avaient tué plus de 30 personnes en pratiquant la magie noire, mais bien sûr c’est impossible à prouver. » 
 
La semaine dernière, Willie Jimmy, a réclamé une loi pour punir les gens qui pratiquent la magie noire. L’ancien ministre vanuatais des Finances serait même favorable à la peine de mort. Radio Australia

PASIFIK

19) Group calls on Pacific Govts to bring gun laws in line

1 december 2014

The Pacific Small Arms Action Group is calling on governments to comply with international and regional obligations related to arms, security and gender.

It says countries like Samoa, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Vanuatu have taken significant steps by signing the Arms Trade Treaty, which will help take weapons out of the hands of those who commit violence.

The group’s Alistair Gee says other governments, including Fiji, need to bring national gun laws in line with regional and international commitments.

He also says the Pacific can teach the world a lot about arms control.

“When there have been levels of high armed violence, the response of Pacific countries has been to go in to remove those weapons. That is not a common story in other parts of the world where the response is often to go and arm other groups to even up the balance, to add more weapons. We need to help Pacific countries be at the forefront and show that there’s a much smarter way.”

The Pacific Small Arms Action Group’s Alistair Gee.RNZI

20) PM O’Neill asks Fiji to reconsider

By Online Editor
10:14 pm GMT+12, 30/11/2014, Papua New Guinea

The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) consists of 16 member countries, including Fiji which was recently reinstated following a successful elections this year.

But Fiji has refused to rejoin the Pacific Islands Forum unless Australia and New Zealand are excluded from the group.

It has launched an alternative regional bloc, the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), to further the interests of Pacific Island nations.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill of Papua New Guinea says the structure of the Pacific Islands Forum does not need changing.

“We must make sure that we don’t forget that we all live in the same region and Australia and New Zealand are very much part of that region,” he said.

“We need to encourage more dialogue and more common sense to prevail in these discussions. Our traditional partners like Australia and New Zealand continue to be important to the Pacific Island countries; it is foolhardy to think this is not the case.

“We just had a review of the new Pacific Plan which was adopted by the leaders in Palau. We need to start implementing some of these strategies that we are putting in place rather than talking about creating a new structure that is going to be costly and duplication.”

A meeting scheduled for February will bring together Australian and Pacific representatives in Sydney to review the make-up and responsibilities of the regional bodies.

Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Senator Brett Mason, said it was “a fair question to ask whether we can improve the regional architecture”.

“Clearly the new plan for Pacific regionalism was updated to better focus he efforts of Pacific Island nations on a more cooperative approach to the challenges facing the region,” he said.

“If we can improve that architecture that will be good for all Pacific Island nations.

“Is there room for improvement? Yes, of course there is.”

PM O’Neill also dismissed claims that Papua New Guinea is trying to assert regional leadership over Fiji.

“We are not vying to become the leader of the Pacific,” he said.

“We are of course the biggest economy, we’ve got the biggest population and biggest country in the Pacific.

“So everything we do is big in size. Decisions we make are quite large in terms of its influence, so we don’t see it as rivalry between the two countries.”

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi both recently visited Fiji and held talks with leaders from other Pacific countries including Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Micronesia, Cook Islands and Niue.

PM O’Neill said Pacific nations can engage with the rising economic powers of Asia without neglecting its close ties with Australia and New Zealand.

“Our traditional partners like Australia and New Zealand continue to be important to the Pacific Island countries; it is foolhardy to think this is not the case because we live in the region, we understand each other, our people travel between our countries,” he said.

“But Pacific countries also need to trade with the growing influence in Asia, to deal with India and China as the two biggest economies in that region.

“We need to stay engaged and in line with what we are trying to achieve in terms of making sure our people take advantage of the opportunities that are available to us, said PM O’Neill.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS

HEALTH 

21) In PNG, barriers to HIV treatment remain stubborn

1 December 2014

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The chairman of Papua New Guinea’s National Aids Council says a high percentage of those who test positive for HIV are not accessing any treatment.

Dr Banare Bun says this is largely due to high rates of discrimination and stigmatisation of people living with HIV and Aids, rates of which he says remain stubbornly high.

The Post Courier reports attitudes from health workers towards those with HIV or Aids are also playing a role in preventing access to services.

Dr Bun cited a recent study among HIV-positive people in Chimbu province, which found that 60 percent had been denied health services; 71 percent had been physically assaulted; 85 percent verbally assaulted or harrassed; and two thirds excluded from family gatherings because of their HIV status.RNZI

22) Diabetes shock

Dawn Gibson
Monday, December 01, 2014

FIJI’S health system is treating diabetes foot infection patients with procedures that have been given up by the rest of the world.

And updating our procedures of treatment is key to reducing the number of amputations per year.

According to world-class specialists in diabetic foot problems Dr Arun Bal and Dr Sanjay Vaidya — invited by Diabetes Fiji, Diabetes Federation and the Ministry of Health to assess treatment procedures in the country — Fiji’s high amputation rate could be reduced with the current infrastructure without much investment.

“Many of the practices followed at CWM are practices that have been given up all over the world, and this delays the healing of the wound,” Dr Bal said.

He gave the example of offloading, a term used to describe when patients stay off an infected foot.

“We found in the ward, patients are walking, they are encouraged to walk and that will never heal the wound.

“Unless you offload the foot that has got the ulcer it will not heal — it will spread and either cause loss of limb or even loss of life.

Dr Bal also says the Guillotine procedure for amputations in Fiji is outdated and leaves open wounds that are difficult to heal.

And he says because of the high incidence of NCDs including diabetes, there is a need to have a sub-speciality dedicated to treatment of the disease.

Dr Bal says in Fiji nurses and registrars are not dedicated to a single unit and this affects our ability to treat foot infections.

“So our feeling is that if 25 per cent of surgical work in CWM is for diabetic foot infections, there should be a separate sub-speciality.”

When questioned on why Fiji lacks behind the rest of the world in treatment of diabetic foot infections in spite of the high rate of NCDs, the pair said it could be a lack of awareness.

“What we found at CWM is that the majority of the cases are handled by junior staff, the senior surgeons are not directly involved, probably because of work pressure and that needs to be changed.”

National Adviser NCDs Dr Isimeli Tukana says bringing the two experts into the country has enabled them to see how the health system can improve their treatment of diabetic foot infections.Fijitimes

POLITIC

23) Polye Likely To Become PNG’s Opposition Leader
Ousted minister’s party has highest number of MPs

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Nov. 28, 2014) – Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party leader Don Polye is likely to become the Opposition Leader because he has the highest number of MPs.

Polye and his four THE Party MPs met yesterday after Parliament adjourned to February, before meeting Speaker Theo Zurenuoc.

Zurenuoc is reported to have told Polye that there was nothing stopping him from becoming Opposition leader because he had the numbers.

Opposition Leader Belden Namah, who is the lone PNG Party MP, was absent from parliament yesterday.

The other Opposition MPs are Bulolo MP Sam Basil of the Pangu Pati, and Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat of the Melanesian Liberal Party.

Polye last week moved to the Opposition and was joined by Kikori MP Mark Maipakai, Rai Coast MP James Gau, Lagaip-Porgera MP Nixon Mangape and Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso.

The National

24) Solomons first coalition attempt falls over

1 December 2014

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The first attempt to form a governing coalition in Solomon Islands appears to have fallen over with multiple withdrawals just minutes before the agreements were formalised.

On Monday morning local media reported the Solomon Islands People’s Coalition had four political parties and 29 MPs backing it.

But the Political Parties Commission says that just minutes before Government House was to collect the agreement one party said it would withdraw taking three MPs with it, while another two MPs have also pulled out.

The National Parliament of Solomon Islands in Honiara.

Photo: RNZ Koroi Hawkins

Meanwhile a political minnow, the Kadere Party, which won just 1 seat in the election now has attracted 7 independents.

Six independent MPs remain unaligned to political parties.RNZI

25) Fiji leader in Britain

1 December 2014

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Fiji’s pime minister Frank Bainimarama has told British cabinet minister, Hugo Swire, his country wants to strengthen the bilateral relationship.

Mr Bainimarama says he told Mr Swire, who is the minister of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, about the recent successful elections and he highlighted Fiji’s growing role on the international stage.

The meeting also focussed on climate change and the prime minister asked for more British help for the worst affected countries in the Pacific, like Kiribati and Tuvalu.

Fiji’s department of information says Mr Swire has promised to pursue stronger relations between the two countries, with the possibility of a high level visit in 2015.RNZI

Fiji’s Frank Bainimarama meets Hugo Swire in London

26) Fiji Council Of Women: Budget Needs Improvements
Gender-specific affirmative action required: Vulaono


By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Nov. 30, 2014) – The president of the National Council of Women, Tauga Vulaono wants parliamentarians to start walking the talk on their commitment to women.

She says Members of Parliament need to walk the talk and make Budget 2015 gender-sensitive with gender-specific affirmative action including a reduction in military spending and this needs to be highlighted as MPs commence their debate tomorrow.

“They critically need to look with a gender-lens at the allocations for 11 areas and make improvements.” “These areas cover health, education, infrastructure development and public utilities, agriculture, police and military, micro-enterprise, taxes and fiscal duty, and women,” Vulaono said.

On education, the council urges that the free bus fares programme be closely and continuously monitored and effectively managed as abuse of this service would see young girls in particular being the first to suffer in this regard where they will not be able to attend school.

“The council also urge that with the Tertiary Education Loan Scheme [TELS], that 50per cent of the scheme be allocated to girls/women.

“In 2016, that TELS be converted into full scholarships as it is detrimental to young women and men to go straight into debt after graduation,” she said.

She added full scholarships must also be financially adequate to cover tuition fees, text books, stationery, housing allowance as there’s evidence that young girls were forced to live together to make ends meet for rent, meals and other incidental expenses, social problems also occur.

Vulaono has also called for the establishment of technical colleges that have curriculums that are inclusive of skills pertaining to women and also that students attending these schools consist of a 50% portion of girls and boys.

“Education resources must be allocated equally amongst girls and boys and men and women and the NCWF strongly recommends that The Ministry of Education formulate financial and other policy reports to show the impact that men and women have on Education.”

Fijilive 

INFRATRUCTURE

27) Construction On SPC’s Pacific Village In Suva To Start
$25.6 million project to centralize operations in Fiji

By Shalveen Chand

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Dec. 1, 2014) – Construction of the $50 million [US$25.6 million] Pacific Village that will centralise all Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s operations under one roof is expected to start early next year.

SPC director-general Colin Tukuitonga said Fiji had shown interest in starting the project.

“There is recent renewed interest from the host Government that is the government of Fiji. Plans have been drawn and we are looking forward to that because it is costly for the Fiji Government because we have people at seven sites,” Mr Tukuitonga said.

“And the idea is to have the village in one place and the team to be in one place but also it is more efficient. Hopefully we will get that underway in 2015.

“I am encouraged by people talking about getting the work underway early in 2015. All of it really depends on being able to raise the money.

“The experts tell me that it is going to be around $50m. That’s the estimate at the moment and as you know these things are bound to change.”

SPC is headquartered in Noumea, New Caledonia, but most of its operation happen out of Fiji. There are seven locations for the SPC centres.

Mr Tukuitonga was asked the possibility of moving the headquarters to Fiji.

He said the decision to do that would have to be a political one.

“At the moment the headquarters is in Noumea and if that needs to happen then it has to be made by the political leaders of the region regardless of whether that happens or not, we need the new village for our staff,” he said.

“I don’t know if people have been able to visit our building. It is really old and substandard.”

Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Amena Yauvoli had earlier stated SPC’s seven locations spread over Suva were costing the Fiji Government quite substantial amount of money.

He said the concept of the Pacific Village was to consolidate all locations in Suva under one roof which would provide meaningful benefits and a reduction in costs.

Fiji Times Online.

LAW&ORDER

28) Women in Vanuatu face challenges in police force

1 December 2014

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The Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Women’s Advisory Network says women in the Vanuatu police force continue to face discrimination.

The network’s programme manager, Melissa Northam, says there is a lack of promotion and opportunity for women in the force.

Ms Northam says there is no reason why women cannot hold executive or senior roles within the Vanuatu Police.

“Policing is a very male-dominated occupation and it’s also just about understanding so a lot of it is about understanding that there needs to be equality and that women, in order to make sure our communities are safe, need to play an active part in that.”

The network’s program manager, Melissa Northam.

The Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Women’s Advisory Network includes 21 countries and aims to promote the role of women in policing.RNZI

29) Fijians charged in $2.5 billion drug bust in Sydney

By Online Editor
10:12 pm GMT+12, 30/11/2014, Australia

Two Fijians and a New Zealander have been charged over a massive drug bust where Sydney police uncovered almost three tonnes of narcotics.

Solomone Vukici of Picnic Point and Akuila Bisasa of Mascot remain behind bars after appearing before a Sydney court.

The ABC reports the trio are among six men accused of importing $2.5 billion of ecstasy, speed and ice into Australia from Germany.

Court documents revealed investigating officers replaced the drugs with substitute packages, which the men were allegedly trying to access at the Smithfield factory when police swooped early Sunday.

Police have described the haul as the nation’s second-largest drug bust.

About 2.8 tonnes of illicit drugs were seized, including 1,917 kilograms of MDMA and 849 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Police said the narcotics were concealed with furniture.

Vukici, Bisasa and New Zealand-born resident James Drollet are each charged with two counts of attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an illegally imported border control drug.

The three – all aged 34 – were dressed in prison greens when they appeared in Parramatta Bail court via video link.

Court documents also revealed Vukici is unemployed and his wife is a disability carer.

The documents also showed Bisasa had no job but told police he had $800,000 after selling his parent’s home and was in the process of moving his family to Fiji.

The trio and three other men who faced court yesterday remain behind bars after being formally refused bail, and will front court again on Wednesday.

SOURCE; FBC NEWS/PACNEWS

30) Armed men hold passengers captive, ransack offices at Papua New Guinea’s second biggest airport


Posted 1 December 2014, 13:26 AEDT

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Cochrane

A group of 30 men with guns and machetes have held up Papua New Guinea’s second biggest airport, keeping passengers captive for about two hours while they ransacked offices.

The attack happened at Nadzab airport, 40 kilometres outside Lae, PNG’s second biggest city and the industrial hub of the nation.

Police said a group of around 30 men arrived at the airport at 1:30am, armed with pistols, rifles, homemade guns and machetes.

“The nine security guards manning the airport said they were out-numbered and ordered at gunpoint to huddle up with the passengers in front of the terminal,” police spokesman David Terry said.

About 30 passengers were waiting for the early morning flight to Port Moresby.

Mr Terry said one passenger was beaten with the butt of a gun, and there were bloodstains near the ticket counter.

The armed men looted food and office equipment, smashing windows and doors.

Police said the thieves tried to break into the Air Niugini safe but were not successful

“The airport authorities are trying to see if anything major was stolen,” Mr Terry said.

Mr Terry arrived at the airport at 5:30am to catch a flight.

He posted photos of the incident online, showing clothes and personal effects strewn across the airport floor, and a blackened safe that appeared to be damaged by fire.

The siege lasted two hours, before the thieves escaped across the runway.

Police are investigating.Radio Australia

31a) Vanuatu police make arrests in Akam Island witchcraft murder case

Updated 1 December 2014, 11:04 AEDT

Police in Vanuatu have arrested more than 20 people after two men accused of sorcery were hanged on Akam island.

There’s been an outcry since news of the summary executions became public, and the police have said from the outset that they’re treating the victims’ deaths as murder.

The editor of the Vanuatu Independent, Tony Wilson, says it is likely there will be more arrests.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Tony Wilson, editor of the Vanuatu Independent Radio Australia

REFUGEE 

31b) Federal Government approves plans for new detention centre near Port Moresby

Updated 1 December 2014, 19:43 AEDT

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Cochrane

Australia is building a new immigration detention facility near Port Moresby that PNG officials say is specifically for asylum seekers currently on Manus Island.

The details of the project remain unconfirmed, but it is believed the facility will accommodate asylum seekers who have had their refugee applications rejected and are being deported.

The new immigration jail will be built at Bomana prison, outside Port Moresby.

“I can confirm that the Department will be building an immigration transit facility in Papua New Guinea,” Federal Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, said.

“This will be a transit and removals centre as proposed and agreed to in the Regional Resettlement Arrangement by the previous government.”

PNG Correctional Services spokesman Richard Mandui said the facility was “being built purposely for those asylum seekers detained on Manus”.

PNG’s Immigration and Citizenship Authority and the country’s Correctional Services signed an agreement about the facility last month, according to local media.

“We recognise that there is a need to manage those foreign nations who are refused entry to Papua New Guinea or who are detected having overstayed or having entered the country illegally,” PNG’s chief migration officer, Mataio Rabura, said.

“It will enhance PNG’s national security and will allow for the detention of such persons separate from the prison population,” he told The National newspaper.

Mr Rabura said the new facility was part of amendments to the Migration Act – approved by Cabinet and to be tabled in Parliament soon – that would “properly define immigration detention, enhance powers to detain and remove those unlawfully in the country”.

He said work on the new immigration jail was expected to start next year.

No current candidates for new facility

The need for a designated facility for immigration offences appears limited, with Correctional Services spokesman Richard Mandui telling the ABC there are currently no foreigners in detention for overstaying their visas or illegal entry.

However, Papua New Guinea, with assistance from Australia, has started making decisions about whether to accept or reject asylum claims on Manus Island.

Papua New Guinea has accepted the refugee applications of at least 10 men, who will be transferred to a centre at East Lorengau on Manus Island for training and job placement on a 12-month bridging visa.

As of October 31 there were 1,056 asylum seekers in detention on Manus Island, according to the website of Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

The United Nations International Organisation for Migration is currently running a transit centre in Port Moresby for asylum seekers being “voluntarily returned” to their home country.

This accommodation is not a locked-up detention centre and asylum seekers are free to move around Port Moresby during the days or weeks they spend waiting for paperwork and return flights.

Several-hundred asylum seekers detained on Manus Island have chosen to return home, receiving a cash payment if they choose to do so.Radio Australia

AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES+

32) PNG agriculture plea for government support

1 December 2014

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Farmers in Papua New Guinea have expressed concern over what they say is the government’s lack of commitment in the agriculture and livestock sector.

The Farmers and Settlers Association’s Thomas Solepa says they are concerned about lack of markets and farmers outlets in centres such as Goroka, Kainantu and Lae.

The Post Courier reports him saying that the sector also needs far more support on combatting other issues, such as pests and disease.

A PNG agriculture specialist, Mike Bourke, of the Australian National University, says government and donors are more focussed on sectors such as gas and mining because they bring in the big money.

“Agriculture doesn’t bring in that vast amount of money at a national level. But what it does do, it is improving the lives of the bulk of the population, both with self-sufficiency of food or largely self-sufficiency – eighty percent of the food energy Papua New Guineans eat is grown in the country – but also providing the income.”

Mike BourkeRNZI

33) PNA calls for more flexibility for US tuna boats

1 December 2014

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The head of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement is calling for more flexibility for US tuna vessels in negotiating access to fishing grounds with island countries rather than being locked into the US South Pacific Tuna Treaty.

Under the treaty, the US will pay 90 million US dollars next year for 40 US vessels to fish in the exclusive economic zones of 17 Pacific countries.

Kiribati has cut its fishing days for the US purse seiners to 300 days a year after offering thousands of days in previous years.

Transform Aqorau says the canneries in American Samoa are greatly affected by this reduction in fishing days under the treaty.

“They’re not allowed, by the US government, to have these different arrangements. So I think they are a victim of their own government, and they really need to… my message to them is try and work with us, don’t try and go against us.”

Transform Aqorau says he is urging for flexibility so that fishing boats can negotiate on their own.RNZI

34) Distant nations accused of filing fake fish reports

1 December 2014

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Distant fishing nations in the Pacific have been accused of submitting false catch reports.

The director general of the Forum Fisheries Agency, James Movick says the practice is distorting information on conservation.

He says the nations – Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan – have to be sanctioned at this week’s meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, or Tuna Commission.

International law requires the disclosure of catch information which helps monitor the effectiveness of conservation measures and determines if fishing vessels are following regulations.

Mr Movick says Pacific island counntries want tough sanctions.

“This time if they don’t provide the data, what we are saying to the commission is that those countries who do not provide the data are penalised in terms of future allocations in those areas. There’s got to be some sort of sanctions so that it hurts to them.”

The Forum Fisheries Agency’s James Movick.RNZI

CLIMATE CHANGE,CONSERVATION  & ENVIROMENT

35) UN: Still time for PNG to convert resource wealth sustainably

1 December 2014

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The United Nations Development Programme says it’s not too late for Papua New Guinea to convert its resource wealth into sustainable benefits for its citizens’ wellbeing.

The UNDP has released its National Human Development Report on PNG.

It notes that despite PNG’s remarkable economic growth of the past decade, almost 40 per cent of the population live on less than a dollar per day, with inequalities on the rise.

The UNDP’s PNG representative, Roy Trivedy, says PNG’s development could be further undermined if resources are not used in economically, socially and environmentally sustainable ways.

“The one thing that I would say which Papua New Guinea has, and why this report is particularly important now, is unlike many other countries who have chopped down their forests, who have actually polluted their environments and so on, Papua New Guinea has not done all of that. There is a danger that we could do more of that and things will become irreversible over the next decade or so.”

The UNDP’s Papua New Guinea representative, Roy Trivedy.

The latest Global Human Development Index ranks PNG 157th out of 187 countries.RNZI

36) NZ documentary critiques climate change politics

1 December 2014

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A New Zealand investigative documentary maker says efforts to get international treaties on climate change are being used as a delaying tactic by corporate lobbyists.

Alister Barry’s film ‘Hot Air’ critiques climate change politics and the failure of New Zealand politicians and the media to address the issue.

He says his film shows the huge influence corporate interests have in dictating the nature of the debate and policies surrounding climate change.

Mr Barry says change needs to happen at a national level.

“It is possible to see all that energy that is being put into trying to get international agreements negotiated, as a diversion funded and promoted by the carbon barons of this world. Trying to get international treaties has been a distraction and a delaying tactic.”

Alister Barry says the New Zealand government is not doing enough and Pacific states could put diplomatic pressure on New Zealand to do more.RNZI

SPORTS

37) Toa Samoa up to 4th in RLIF rankings

By Online Editor
10:22 pm GMT+12, 30/11/2014, Samoa

Samoa have risen to fourth in the latest rugby league world rankings off the back of their impressive run during the Four Nations tournament.

The Toa were eighth at the end of the World Cup 12 months ago and coach Matt Parish says he has no doubt that with the team they have developed and more international games, a win against one of the top three nations is possible in the next three years, provided they receive the necessary support.

For the first time since the rankings were introduced, Australia’s position at the top is under threat, with New Zealand’s Four Nations triumph cutting into their lead.

Elsewhere, Fiji dropped one spot to sixth, PNG and Tonga slipped three places to 11th and 16th respectively and the Cook Islands are back two places to 17th.

Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands remain unranked as their representative games were not recognised as being of Test status.

SOURCE: RNZI/PACNEWS

38) Historic MOU say signatories

By Online Editor
10:26 pm GMT+12, 30/11/2014, Turkmenistan

The signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Organising Committee of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) have hailed as historic the signing which will see athletes from the continents of Asia and Oceania competing in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in 2017.

“Open a new page today,” said Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedowyn who happens to be the president of his  country’s National Olympic Committee (NOC).

OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al Sabah said the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2017 brings a new chapter  and dimension to sports in Central Asia.

“It’ll bring together almost one third of the Olympic family and also introduce non- Olympic sports,” said Al Sabah.

ONOC President Dr Robin Mitchell told the the large gathering at the signing ceremony “its a privilege and honour to be here to be part of this historic occasion.”

The Organising Committee has also engaged Lord Sebastian Coe into the mix to take care of operational matters hoping his success from the 2012 London Olympics will also rub off on the 2017 event.

Both Dr Mitchell and ONOC Secretary General Ricardo Blas departed Ashgabat after the signing with more than what they bagained for.

The Organising Committee of the 2017 Ashgabat Games and the Olympic Council of Asia have agreed to welcome the 17 National Olympic Committees from Oceania plus its six associate members namely- New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Northern Marianas, Niue, Walis & Futuna and Norfolk.

“We didn’t know what to expect because we just got our visa prior to flying over,”said Dr Mitchell.

“This is historic and I am glad to be part of it,” said Blas.

The 23 Oceania nations will compete with the 45 NOCs of Asia.

According to the Sheikh the final programme for the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2017 will be finalised and approved at the OCA General Assembly in Ashgabat next year.

He adds the finer details of the MOU is a work in progress and will also be finalised at the OCA Assembly.   

The Government of Turkmenistan has poured five billion dollars for the hosting and building of the sporting complex on 157 hectares of land.

Dr Mitchell said this is a stepping stone to competing in the Asian Games proper.

SOURCE: ONOC/PACNEWS

39) Fiji sevens team settled and confident for Dubai defence

1 December 2014

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Despite losing another player to foreign dollars, Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan says his squad is feeling settled and confident going into the defence of their Dubai title.

Ryan has retained nine of the team that won October’s opening World Series leg on the Gold Coast.

Flyers Jone Qorovarua and Amenoni Nasilasilaare will make their international debuts this weekend, while veteran Nasoni Roko has been recalled.

Former captain Setefano Cakau won’t be in the Gulf State after taking up a big money offer in Sri Lanka.

Ben Ryan says it’s a shame to lose any player but with 12 now contracted full-time to the Fiji Rugby Union and plenty of competition for places, they’re in a good place.

“It is difficult but the positives are we’ve got a good group of players [and] I’ve identified some players underneath, and I just need as much time and experience put into those boys now so they can quickly hit the road in Dubai and out of the team that went to Gold Coast, the regular starting side, only one of those – Setefano Cakau – is missing so certainly a lot of positives”.

Fiji will begin their title defence with pool matches against Argentina, France and Brazil, while Samoa have been drawn alongside New Zealand, Scotland and Japan.RNZI

40) Fiji’s Roy Krisha cements starting spot

1 december 2014

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Fijian striker Roy Krishna has cemented a starting berth at the Wellington Phoenix after playing a starring role in the side’s 5-1 A-League drubbing of Melbourne City.

The 27 year old impressed while a number of teammates were away on international duty and scored his second goal of the season on Sunday after being retained on the left flank.

He’s also picked up a couple of assists this season and head coach Ernie Merrick says Krishna is beginning to find his feet.

“You’ve got to remember he’s been in amateur football for all of his career until he came to the Phoenix and it takes a long while to adjust to full-time football and the demands and rigours of it, and then the confidence of taking players on. I thought he had a sensational game but we’ve seen that at training and we expect to see it on a regular basis. He’s done well on the road and he’s going to hold that spot for a little while longer”.

Ernie Merrick says he’s pleased with the flourishing partnership up front between Krishna, Nathan Burns and Michael McGlinchey.RNZI

41) Toa Samoa up to 4th in RLIF rankings

1 December 2014

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Samoa have risen to fourth in the latest rugby league world rankings off the back of their impressive run during the Four Nations tournament.

The Toa were eighth at the end of the World Cup 12 months ago and coach Matt Parish says he has no doubt that with the team they have developed and more international games, a win against one of the top three nations is possible in the next three years, provided they receive the necessary support.

For the first time since the rankings were introduced, Australia’s position at the top is under threat, with New Zealand’s Four Nations triumph cutting into their lead.

Elsewhere, Fiji dropped one spot to sixth, PNG and Tonga slipped three places to 11th and 16th respectively and the Cook Islands are back two places to 17th.

Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands remain unranked as their representative games were not recognised as being of Test status.RNZ

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