Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1101 ( Sunday 31 May 2015 )
1) At least 71 arrested in latest Papuan sweep
30 May 2015
A total of 46 people were arrested on Thursday in Jayapura in Indonesia’s Papua region during rallies in support of Papuan membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
Victor Yeimo of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, or KNPB, says five of them suffered serious injuries after being hit by police when they were giving speeches outside the University of Cendrawasih.
He told the Catholic news service, ucanews.com, that one of them was hit in the head with a rubber bullet.
Mr Yeimo says another 25 people were arrested in Wamena.
They were showing their support for the application by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua to join the sub-regional political body, the MSG, which is made up of the five independent Melanesian countries and the Kanaks of New Caledonia.RNZI
2) PNG MP plays down Indonesia-PNG extradition treaty
29 May 2015
A Papua New Guinea MP says there’s no reason for West Papuan refugees to fear for their safety after the country ratified an extradition treaty with Indonesia.
The attorney general, Ano Pala, says the treaty is important as criminals have been using the porous border between the two countries for smuggling and other illegal activities.
However, some MPs warned that Indonesia might use the treaty to target some of the thousands of refugees from West Papua.
One of those MPs is former attorney general Kerenga Kua, but he says parliament agreed to add a mechanism to protect them.
“Those provisions have been written into the treaty to exclude the application of the treaty to people who are seeking political asylum in Papua New Guinea and to make it clear that the treaty only applies to criminals who have broken the laws of one country and are escaping into the other.”RNZI
3) Free West Papua Candlelight Vigil
Town Hall- SYDNEY City……From 5.30-7.30pm
Free West Papua Candlelight VigilEveryone welcome
Please bring posters, flags, banners, musical instruments and electric candles.
PLEASE ONLY BRING ELECTRIC CANDLES AS THE CITY COUNCIL DOES NOT ALLOW REAL CANDLES.
THERE IS ALSO A CANDLE APP FOR SMARTPHONES YOU CAN USE.
We welcome anybody to sing a song or say a poem in solidarity with West Papua
Be part of the worldwide movement to stop the genocide and Free West Papua.
you can shop west papua merchandise here http://www.cafepress.com.au/freewestpapuaaustraliaonlineshop
All proceeds goes towards the free west papua campaign// Facebook.
4) Bainimarama criticizes Australia and acknowledges EU countries – Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has criticized Australia for dragging its feet and refusing to sign up to the binding cuts on carbon emissions. Addressing participants of the 71st session of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific yesterday, Bainimarama says he’s upset that many official circles are (for as reported) saying that Australia and others are part of a coalition. However, he will not let this deter him when so much in the Pacific islands is at stake.
5) Tonga King speaks from the throne at Parlt.
29 May 2015
The King of Tonga, Tupou VI, spoke of the need for more transparency in government during his address at the opening of the Legislative Assembly yesterday.
He highlighted the measures the Pohiva government is planning as part of its attempts to correct the country’s dire financial state.
This will include efforts to curb poverty, support the private sector, more social welfare spending and development in the education sector.
Radio Tonga reports the speech also touched on the need to improve disaster preparedness and to foster greater energy efficiency.
The King also told the House of the country’s need to be ready to host the Pacific Games in 2019, and the preparatory work needed on infrastructure, communications and transportation.RNZI
6) Fritch won’t resign from Tahiti’s Tahoeraa
29 May 2015
The French Polynesian president, Edouard Fritch, says he won’t resign from the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party despite him being its only member in government.
The party leader, Gaston Flosse, spearheaded the expulsion of all other government members from the party in a rift which has left it in a minority and in opposition.
Apart from Flosse, Mr Fritch isthe only Tahoeraa member elected by the party’s Congress.
Mr Fritch says he has always worked for the Tahoeraa and stood for its policies, but says the party has become what he calls a machine for exclusion.
He made the comment to Tahiti-infos after yesterday’s government re-shuffle, in which he added a portfolio for the leader of the opposition Atia Porinetia party, Teva Rohfritsch.
The move is seen as an attempt to shore up support.
Mr Fritch has 23 backers in the 57-member assembly.
At the last election, the Tahoeraa had won 38 of the assembly’s 57 seats.RNZI
7) Samoa government newspaper editor convicted
29 May 2015
The District Court in Samoa has found the suspended editor of the government newspaper, Tupuola Terry Tavita, guilty of five assault charges.
He is found guilty of two indecent assault charges, two of common assault and one of using insulting words.
Tavita was originally charged with attempting to rape a female journalism student at the National University of Samoa last December, but these charges were withdrawn and indecent assault charges substituted.
Tavita has been remanded on bail until he is sentenced on June 26th.RNZI
8) Samoa AIDS awareness campaigner dies
29 May 2015
A Samoan woman who was outspoken about AIDS, Peati Iupeli, has died at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole national hospital.
A relative of the family says she was admitted on Wednesday on complications of a stomach pain.
Peati Iupeli had campaigned for people to be aware of the stigma attached to people suffering from AIDS.
She got the virus from her husband who was a national rugby player.
He had also died from AIDS as well as one of her children.
Peati Iupeli spoke publicly on the effect of her family and the loss of her job in a local bank because she was being victimised.
The Samoa Red Cross says the impact Peati Iupeli has had on the nation cannot be matched.
The president of the Red Cross, Va’asilifiti Moelagi Jackson, says Mrs Iupeli wanted to make sure no one else in Samoa suffered the way she did.
“If I were the leader of this country I would have given her an award. Because I don’t think anybody can match what she has done. Number one, there is no more further discrimination that was going on here, everyone knows about HIV and they are all aware, because of her work.”RNZI
9) Fuel removed from stranded American Samoa ship – In American Samoa, almost 200 litres of diesel fuel was removed yesterday from the long-liner that has run aground on the reef off the airport, the Seahawk 68. The fuel removal operation had to be cut short because high swells made it unsafe for the clean-up crew to work. Jeremiah Winston of the Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team from Honolulu says they hope to continue pumping off the fuel remaining 1,300 litres bit by bit throughout this week. Mr Winston says the vessel is still in one piece though it’s rocking back and forth on the reef.
10) More than 1,000 in Guam still homeless weeks after cyclone
29 May 2015
Over 1,000 people in Guam are still living in government-provided tents after this month’s Typhoon Dolphin wrecked their homes.
The Marianas Variety reports that tents were provided to 168 families and most of them were living in the Dededo and Yigo area.
The government issued 20-foot by 30-foot canopies to large families and 18-foot by 20-foot canopies to smaller families.
The president of the Guam Housing Corporation Martin Benavente says the people that were given tents had homes before.
Typhoon Dolphin passed through the Rota Channel with the south eye-wall passing over the north part of the island on May 15.RNZI
11) Australian public backs aid cuts – survey
29 May 2015
A survey by an Australian think tank shows most Australians support recent budget cuts to Australia’s overseas aid.
The Lowy Institute says its poll found that 53 percent were in favour of cuts and 35 were against reductions to the aid budget.
13 percent of those polled expressed no preference.
In this month budget, the Australian government cut the aid allocation by a fifth in the country’s single biggest drop of foreign aid spending.
The poll was based on a survey of 1,200 Australian adults and has a margin of error margin of 2.8 percent.RNZI
12) Status of B’ville row explained
The National, Friday May 29th, 2015
OPPOSITION leader Don Polye yesterday queried the Government on its diplomatic row with Australia and the ban on Australian’s travelling to Bougainville.
“What is the current status on the recent diplomatic row between PNG and Australia and has the ban been lifted?” he asked Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato.
“Why did the Government not provide any financing for the election taking place in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB)?
“And can the Government and minister assure the people of PNG and Bougainville that their welfare, rights and issues are looked after by these two partners?”
Pato said: “The Government provided substantial funding to millions of projects for development of infrastructure, health, education in AROB, whether there is peace agreement or not.
“Try to look at these things with some care and sensitivity. I will have to make a detailed statement in relation to all these matters that you have raised.
“Our paramount interest through the Government is the interest on the people of AROB, their welfare, health, education, prosperity and security.
“The lifting of the ban has not taken place so it is in the course of discussion to find a solution to it.”
He said the solution would suit Australian and PNG interests and would not affect the issue of sovereignty and territorial jurisdiction of the two countries.
13) Dr Mills autim heve long rural helt long PNG long rural helt bung long Australia
Postim 28 May 2015, 16:34 AEST
Ol lain husat i go pas long sait long rural health long Australia i nau save moa long heve we i stap long rural health long Papua New Guinea.
Odio: Dr David Mills, President blong PNG Society blong Rural na Remote Health i toktok
Dispela i bihain long Dr David Mills, President blong PNG Society blong Rural na Remote Health i givim toktok long Australian National Rural Health Allaince Conference ol i holim long Darwin dispela wik.
Em i tokim samting olsem 1000 long ol delegate long dispela bung olsem tok moa long half long 7-million pipol blong PNG, i nogat wanpela dokta i stap long district blong ol.
Dr Mills i tok ol delegate long dispela conference i shearim ol infomesen we i ken helpim ol long hau ol i ken dil wantaim heve ol i gat long shortage blong dokta.
Dr Mills husat i Medical Superintendent long Kompiam Rural Hospital long Enga Provins i tok dispela kain bung em i gut long wanem ol i ken lainim long wanpela narapela long hau wanwan kantri i dil wantaim problem long helt long ol rural eria.ABC
14) Solomon Islands Non-Communicable Diseases painim aut
Postim 29 May 2015, 16:52 AEST
Wanpela bikpela survey i stat long dispela wik olgeta hap long Solomon Islands, long painim aut wanem i stap long sait long ol non-communicable diseases sik.
Odio: Dr Geoff Kenilorea, head blong Prevention and Control blong Non-Communicable Diseases i toktok
Ol dispela kain NCD sik i karapaim tu heart attack, stroke, diabetes na cancer – we i kilim dai moa pipol long Pacific rijin.
Dr Geoff Kenilorea, head blong Prevention and Control blong Non-Communicable Diseases itok dispela survey W.H.O na gavman blong Australia nau i givim moni long karim aut.
Em bai gohet long moa long tupela mun na i karamapim 4,300 pipol from 18 igo antap long 59 years old, long olgeta hap blong Solomon Islands.
Dr Kenilorea i tok infomesen long dispela survey bai mekim ol i save gut long sait long ol NCD sik long kantri.
Em i tok em tok em bai helpim ol tu gavman long save wanem kain risosis bai ol i givim long kontrolim ol Non-Communicable Diseases long Solomon Islands.ABC
15) Brèves du Pacifique – vendredi 29 mai 2015
Posté à 29 May 2015, 16:12 AEST
Une trentaine de militants papous ont été arrêtés lors d’une manifestation en Indonésie, affirme le Mouvement uni pour la libération de la Papouasie occidentale.
C’est la troisième fois ce mois-ci que la police indonésienne interpelle un grand nombre de personnes manifestant pour l’indépendance de la province papoue.
- La croyance en la sorcellerie gagne du terrain en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée. « La pratique de la magie noire se répand comme une traînée de poudre dans les régions montagneuses », affirme ainsi le commandant de police de la province d’Enga à la radio nationale néo-zélandaise. Il y a quelques jours, une femme accusée de sorcellerie a été tuée par des villageois dans cette région. La police voudrait se rendre sur place pour enquêter, mais elle n’a pas assez d’argent pour financer le trajet en avion, qui coûte près de 2 000 dollars. Elle a donc demandé l’aide des députés de la province.
- Les Îles Mariannes du Nord à la recherche de leurs touristes japonais. La compagnie américaine Delta Airlines a décidé de réduire ses vols à destination de l’archipel micronésien, et cela se ressent : le nombre de visiteurs japonais a chuté de 34% en mars dernier. Or, le Japon est le principal marché du tourisme de la région. Pour retrouver leurs visiteurs, les autorités des Mariannes du Nord essaient d’attirer des compagnies japonaisses à bas coût.
- En Australie, il n’y a aucun lien entre l’auteur de la prise d’otages de Sydney et Daesh. Les enquêteurs n’ont pas fini d’examiner les données Internet de Man Haron Monis, mais pour le moment, ils n’ont trouvé aucun échange entre le preneur d’otages et le groupe djihadiste. Au cours de son attaque dans un café de Sydney, en décembre dernier, Man Haron Monis avait affirmé qu’il agissait pour le compte de Daesh, mais la police et les autorités ont toujours considéré qu’il avait agi seul.
- Le prince Andrew ouvrira les 15e Jeux du Pacifique en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, le 4 juillet. Annonce faite par le Premier ministre papou, Peter O’Neill, qui rappelle que le duc d’York, membre de la famille royale britannique, avait déjà ouvert, à Port-Moresby, en 1991, ce que l’on appelait alors les Jeux du Pacifique sud. ABC
16) Deeper regional approach urged for Pacific
29 May 2015
The head of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Dame Meg Taylor has called for greater commitment from member countries to collectively solve problems and help the Pacific reach its potential.
The Secretary General of the key regional grouping was speaking at a seminar at New Zealand’s Victoria University
Dame Meg says the unprecedented interest in the Pacific and a complex array of regional bodies makes it all the more important for the Forum to embrace a deeper form of regionalism.
“It’s about really getting our heads around what are those regional threads and deep political commitment to it. But not just from the politicans or from the leaders of the country, but from the citizens, so that we hold our leadership accountable too.”
Dame Meg says there are plenty of opportunities for a deeper regional approach to education, business and managing the region’s resources.RNZI
17) Palau, PNG prepares for transfer of Forum Chair
By Online Editor
7:40 pm GMT+12, 28/05/2015, Palau
Palau and Papua New Guinea has agreed to continue to work together in facilitating marine conservation following their bilateral meeting during the Seventh Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (PALM7) in Japan last week.
President Tommy Remengesau and PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill further shared views on the Pacific Islands Forum policy agenda, as well as expanding marine eco-tourism opportunities and preparations for the Pacific Games in Port Moresby.
PM O’Neill congratulated President Remengesau on Palau’s leadership as the current Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum that has highlighted the importance of marine resources
“Palau has demonstrated very capable leadership of the Forum since taking over as Chair last year. The Palau Declaration on ‘The Ocean, Life and Future’ sought to build partnerships to protect marine resources and the lives of those who depend on the sea and ocean. Significant work has been undertaken in this area during the course of the year,” the Prime Minister said.
He added that as Papua New Guinea prepares to take over the Chair responsibilities of the Pacific Islands Forum in September, they will continue to work closely with Palau to ensure a smooth transition and continuation of their work.
The Prime Minister further congratulated his counterpart on the achievements Palau is making in the area of marine protection at a local level.
“Palau has taken a strong role in protecting Pacific marine habitats and is demonstrating to the region how to do this successfully in their local environment. Each country in the Pacific has different local conditions but we can all draw from the experience of Forum members. With new eco-tourism ventures opening in Papua New Guinea, I would like to see our officials work together and share further ideas to expand this sector in both countries,” he explained.
On other matters, Palau will be sending 50 athletes to compete at the Pacific Games, and the two leaders discussed options for Palau to charter an Air Niugini aircraft to take its athletes, officials and families to Port Moresby in July.
“Papua New Guinea looks forward to great competition with Palau at the Games and we expect their team will do very well. We will work with games officials from Palau and Air Niugini to look at options for the team to charter an aircraft to enable a direct flight from Koror,” the Prime Minister stated.
The Prime Minister said the two countries are also engaged in discussion on establishing an Air Services Agreement that will further facilitate travel and ongoing engagement between the two countries and the rest of the Pacific.
SOURCE: ISLANDS TIMES/PACNEWS
18) Samoa and Vanuatu sign historical visa waiver agreement with the European Union
By Online Editor
5:17 pm GMT+12, 28/05/2015, Belgium
By Makereta Komai in Brussels, Belgium
Samoa and Vanuatu have become the first Pacific countries to sign visa waiver agreements with the European Union.
The historical signing of the short stay visa waiver agreement was signed Thursday in Brussels between the European Union’s Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos and Samoa’s Ambassador to the European Union, Dr Pao Luteru and Vanuatu’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Sato Kilman.
Speaking to PACNEWS after the signing, Dr Luteru said the new visa waiver will open up more opportunities in Europe for the people of Samoa.
“We will have more opportunity to travel to Europe for various reasons whether it’s social, culture or economic in nature but not for paid employment. It could be for trade and tourism related purposes. It does open up windows of opportunity for Samoa and indeed for the wider Pacific community.
Dr Luteru said the remaining 12 countries will come on stream very soon.
“PNG and Fiji, we hope will be on the list towards the end of the year.”
The Samoan top diplomat in Brussels said while this is a milestone agreement in terms of the relations between his country and the European Union, he urged the two metropolitan powers in the Pacific to take a cue from the EU.
“When you look at our closest neighbours in the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand – this is a signal to them to perhaps give favourable considerations for Pacific Countries, said Dr Luteru.
The visa scheme is 90 days in any 180 days and allows Samoans to travel to any of the 27 EU member states, with the exception of United Kingdom.
“Some of us already have favourable visa arrangements with the UK. This scheme now allows us access to 27 EU member states. The next phase for us is to formalise bilaterally with the other four EU member states, Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein that are not members of the EU but are members of the Schengen States.
Commissioner Avramopoulos said the agreement will encourage people to people contacts, boost tourism and invigorate business between the EU and the Pacific.
Vanuatu’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Sato Kilman, in response said the visa waiver is a clear demonstration by the European Union of finding new ways for peoples of the two regions to benefit from the partnership.
He expressed the hope that more Pacific Island Countries will join the visa waiver agreement.
Five Caribbean countries – Dominica, Grenada, St Vincent and Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago also signed visa waiver agreements with the European Union.
19) Third earthquake in one week hits Japan, no tsunami warning or reports of damage
Updated 31 May 2015, 8:55 AEST
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake has hit off the Izu Islands in Japan this morning, making it the third earthquake to hit the country this week.
Another earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.4 and a depth of 13.4 kilometres, has hit off the Izu Islands in Japan this morning following Saturday’s 7.8 earthquake, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS).
There was no immediate tsunami warning following the quake.
Saturday’s earthquake which struck off the Japanese coast, geologists said, shook buildings in Tokyo and set off car alarms.
Despite the huge power of the quake, there was no risk of a tsunami as the earthquake was located too deep inside the earth, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre reported.
Residential buildings swayed for around a minute as the quake built in intensity around 8:30pm (9:30pm AEST).
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The epicentre was 676 kilometres below the Earth’s surface and was centred on a remote spot in the Pacific Ocean around 870 kilometres south of Tokyo, the USGS said.
Yoshiyuki Sasamoto, who runs a traditional guest house on Chichijima, one of the closest inhabited places to the epicentre, said the shaking had been violent.
“Initially a weaker quake hit and it stopped. Then the big one came. It was so strong that I couldn’t stand still and couldn’t walk,” he said.
Both runways at Narita Airport, the main international gateway to Tokyo, were temporarily closed while inspections were carried out. Trains in Tokyo were also temporarily halted and a football match in the city was briefly suspended.
There were no reported anomalies at any of the region’s mothballed nuclear power plants.
Saturday’s rattle was the second sizable shake Tokyo had this week, after a much less powerful, but far shallower,earthquake hit close to the capital on Monday.
On Friday, a volcano in the far south of Japan erupted, spewing a huge column of ash high into the sky and forcing authorities to evacuate the island on which it sits.
The eruption caused no injuries and no damage was reported, but it served as yet another reminder of the volatile geology of the country.
Japan sits at the meeting place of four tectonic plates and experiences around 20 per cent of the world’s most powerful earthquakes every year.
A massive undersea quake that hit in March 2011 sent a tsunami barrelling into Japan’s north-east coast.
As well as killing thousands of people and destroying communities, the waves also swamped the cooling systems at the Fukushima nuclear plant, sending three reactors into meltdown.
The nuclear disaster, the world’s worst since Chernobyl, displaced tens of thousands of people and rendered tracts of land uninhabitable, possibly for decades.
20) Antelope deaths stump scientists
Sunday, May 31, 2015
ASTANA – The sudden deaths of tens of thousands of endangered antelopes in Kazakhstan over the past two weeks have left scientists scrambling for answers and conservationists worried about the animal’s future.
About 120,000 rare saiga antelopes — more than a third of the total global population — have been wiped out in a devastating blow that the United Nations Environment Program says is “catastrophic”.
UN experts have said the mass deaths are down to “a combination of biological and environmental factors”. Scientists have struggled to put their finger on the exact nature of the disease that has felled entire herds, but say findings point towards an infectious disease caused by various bacteria.HEALTH
21) Co-operative new Bougainville parliament predicted
Updated at 3:34 pm onA former president of Bougainville says he expects little politicking in the incoming parliament as MPs focus on preparations for the referendum on independence.
Votes are now being counted in the autonomous Papua New Giunea region after a two week long voting process.
James Tanis, who was president from 2008 to 2010, says everyone will now be thinking of the referendum on possible independence from PNG, which has to be held before 2020.
“That is the big picture. That Bougainville is going towards a referendum. A referendum that me, Sam Kauona, Ishmael [Toroama – along with Sam Kauona, a candidate in the presidential contest] – we, the former BRA [Bougainville Revolutionary Army] we all support, and I don’t see there will be much politicking or room for instability because by then we will be trying to move forward in preparation for the referendum, to make sure we do get what we struggled for.”RNZI
22) Sound system woes stall Vanuatu parliament
29 May 2015
Vanuatu’s parliament has adjourned its first extra-ordinary sitting of the year until Monday over complaints about the sound system in the chamber.
Both government and opposition members complained about the problem.
The Speaker of parliament, Philip Boedoro, says he had adjourn the meeting until next week to give time for a temporary sound system to be installed.
The sound system wan installed by the Congress of New Caledonia as part of its exchange program with parliament of Vanuatu.
Mr Boedoro told the parliament that technicians from New Caledonia won’t be in Vanuatu for another two weeks.
The MPs also complained this morning that they have received bills late and the adjournment will give them time to study them..RNZI
23) PNG Parliament passes bills
By Online Editor
5:07 pm GMT+12, 28/05/2015, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea Parliament unanimously passed several amendment Bills, one of them the Judges Pension Bill paving the way for better access to Judge’s interest on debts and damages payments.
This now means that the Judges and their spouses would have a more relaxed process in accessing of their retirement benefits under the Judges Pension and or Judicial Proceedings (Interest on Debts and Damages) Bill 2014 which Attorney-General Ano Pala tabled Thursday.
About 67 MPs, including Speaker Theodore Zurenuoc and those of the Opposition caucus, voted to pass the Bills, there was no opposition.
Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato introduced the Migration (Amendment) Bill 2015 and arrangements of clauses which was passed.
The amended clauses in the original Migration (Amendment) Bill 2015 included the Search (Amendment) Bill 2015, amending Search Act (Chapter 341) and Arrest (Amendment) Bill 2015 amending the Arrest Act (Chapter 339) were also unanimously passed by 67 MPs present in Parliament yesterday.
More Bills are expected to be tabled today and next week, including the Lukautim Pikinini Act.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
24a ) Journo wins award
Saturday, May 30, 2015
IN recognition of efforts to create greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of the fashion industry, The Fiji Times business reporter Ropate Valemei was awarded the inaugural Stan Ritova fashion journalism award during the Fiji Fashion Week show in Suva on Thursday.
The Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley was happy with the achievement.
“I think it is great news for The Fiji Times. Ropate is a young, enthusiastic and committed journalist, who is always willing to listen and learn. I believe the award is a reflection of his commitment to work,” Wesley said yesterday.
“One of the important things about journalism is the dissemination of information that is relevant and can play a role in helping people make well-informed decisions in their lives.”
Wesley said the recognition was also a positive reflection of the calibre of journalists at the newspaper.
“They maybe young but they are willing to learn,” he said.
Fiji Times Ltd acting publisher Abhishak Narayan said the award was not only a great achievement for Valemei but for the company.
“It’s a positive accomplishment especially to be recognised in the fashion industry,” he said.
Valemei was one of five finalists for the award for his business feature article titled Fashion in Paradise, which explored various issues and challenges in the industry through the perspective of various stakeholders.
Two other The Fiji Times journalists, Torika Chandra and Talebula Kate, were also short-listed as finalists for the same award.Fijitimes
24b) STAN RITOVA FASHION JOURNALISM AWARDS
Head Of The Judging Panel, Stanley Simpson
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Five finalists for the award:
* Ropate Valemei for his article Fashion in Paradise;
* Edward Tavanavanua for his article Androgyny;
* Torika Chandra for her article on Fashion Challenges;
* Faraz Ali for her article Trending Style; and
* Talebula Kate for his article Movie Inspires Designer.
25) Guangdong delegation in Fiji for China-Fiji trade meet
By VUNIWAQA BOLA-BARI
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Update: 2:00PM A Chinese delegation from Guangdong is in the country to be part of the China (Guangdong)- Fiji Economy and Trade Cooperation Conference.
Led by the Secretary of the Communist Party of China Guangdong Provincial Committee, Hu Chunhua, cooperative agreements in tourism, agriculture, forestry, fishery and investment are expected to be signed at the conference.
Mr Chunhua, is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.
On this visit he is scheduled to meet the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and other ministers and dignitaries.Fijitimes
26) Fijian Delegation heads to ILO meet in Geneva
By Online Editor
5:23 pm GMT+12, 28/05/2015, Fiji
Fijian Minister for Labour – Jioji Konrote says the Government’s Report to the ILO meeting in Geneva is a consultative one as specified in the Tripartite Agreement.
Konrote will lead the delegation which will aim to convince the ILO governing body that Fiji is ahead of schedule in the review of its labour laws in compliance with international standards.
“I’m scheduled to address the forum on the 10th of next month during that meeting, I will be making a presentation to the ILO about the conditions in Fiji in terms of reforms that we’d promised the body that it was going to be undertaken and that is going to be a follow-up from the Tripartite Agreement we signed in March,” said Konrote.
Last week, Parliament passed a motion to amend the Employment Relations Promulgation which is currently before the standing committee with a report to be finalized in the July sitting.
Issues that the Fiji Trade Union Congress (FTUC) has lobbied for is the freedom of association and the effective recognition of collective bargaining which Konrote says will be part and parcel of reviewed labour laws.
CEO for the Fiji Commerce and Employment Federations (FCEF)– Nesbitt Hazelman says that since the establishment of the Employment Relations Advisory Board – ERAB, there have been a series of meetings to discuss the way forward..
The ILO Conference of the governing body will be held from this Sunday until the 14th of June in Geneva.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
27) Speed cameras catch 3000 drivers – In the first quarter of this year the Land Transport Authority has caught 3,000 drivers speeding through its speed cameras. LTA CEO Naisa Tuinaceva says they have now undertaken a new approach in order to catch those speeding. Tuinaceva says when LTA receives reports of speeding in a certain area they set up temporary speed cameras which may be set up in a normal vehicle and parked near the road. Fijivillage has witnessed this along the Lami Suva corridor where a vehicle with speed cameras installed at the back of the vehicle was parked at a bus stand.
28) Shipping services for Beqa and Vatulele – For the first time, people of Beqa and Vatulele will be provided with a government shipping franchise. The government vessel Vunilagi will provide services to these two neighboring islands. Permanent Secretary for Transport Francis Kean says the vessel will go to the islands after every six months. However, if there is a need they will re-schedule the timeframe for the services and this will be closely monitored by the Ministry of Transport.
29) Maru denies claims of fraud in venture fraud in project
The National, Friday May 29th, 2015
TRADE, Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru has denied fraud and embezzlement allegations by Opposition leader Don Polye on a K50 million agricultural project in East Sepik.
He made the rebuttal in parliament yesterday after Polye took Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to task on Tuesday over the special economic zone in the Sepik Plains.
“In the 2014 Budget, this Government only allocated K50 million instead of the K100 million we requested for,” Maru said.
“On May 28 (2014), we established the project office in Wewak, a trust deed was organised by the Finance Department, accounts were opened, and the primary signatories to the accounts were the Secretary for Finance and the Secretary for Trade, Commerce, and Industry.
“In other words, no payments were made until the Finance Secretary signed and approved.
“It is not controlled by politics, it is controlled by bureaucracy and public servants.”
Maru said the Works Department had completed 50km of roads, PNG Power Ltd had completed 24km of power lines, and PNG Water had been engaged to build a water supply. He said about K26 million had been spent so far with the balance to be used to complete roads and build a police barracks.
“The NEC decision never said I should fund cocoa projects, never said I should fund vanilla, the funds are especially for prerequisite infrastructure and for land mobilisation.
“I know the Opposition leader uses such words as ‘embezzlement’ using Parliamentary Privilege on Tuesday.
“The records for the funds are now with the Finance Department.
“They are all transparent and they are all there for you,” Maru said.
30) Vanuatu thanks ACP and international community for TC Pam assistance
By Online Editor
10:15 am GMT+12, 27/05/2015, Belgium
By Makereta Komai in Brussels, Belgium
Vanuatu has used its chairmanship of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers to thank the ACP and the international community for the ‘overwhelming’ support rendered to the Pacific nation during the devastation of Cyclone Pam.
Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Minister, Sato Kilman singled out the unprecedented support and solidarity of the ACP Group to Vanuatu during its hour of need.
“The dispatch of an ACP delegation to Port Vila to ascertain firsthand the situation on the ground as well as the cash donation presented in spite of the resource constraints the Group is facing, is a manifestation of the solidarity the Government and the people of Vanuatu shall not forget, said Minister Kilman.
He made the observations in his opening address as the incoming chair of the 101st Council of Ministers in Brussels Tuesday. Vanuatu takes over the chair from Guinea Bissau.
Minister Kilman said the ‘demonstration of solidarity from the ACP Group was not confined to Vanuatu.’
“This year we have seen the ACP Group manifest its solidarity during the international conference on Ebola as well as the international donor conference in Guinea Bissau, both of which were held in Brussels this year.
Kilman said the latest post disaster needs assessment report has confirmed that Tropical Cyclone Pam destroyed 80 percent of properties in Vanuatu and resulted in the loss of 11 lives.
“As a result of this devastation, Vanuatu unfortunately was no longer in position to host the 38th ACP Parliamentary Assembly as well as the 29th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly next month.
“I am pleased to confirm that in Fiji, the ACP Group of States could not have found a better replacement, said Minister Kilman.
The 101st Session of the Council of Ministers amongst other things will discuss the ACP Group’s position on the Financing for Development Conference in July in Addis Ababa, the UN Summit on the post-2015 Development Agenda in New York in September and the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December.
31) More help for Vanuatu victims
Sunday, May 31, 2015
A total of $24,149 was raised by the Methodist Church in Fiji for Tropical Cyclone Pam victims in Vanuatu with bulk of the money coming from the children’s Sunday collection.
Church general secretary Rev Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa said the money raised would be used to assist the children of Vanuatu in relief and resilience aid in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam.
“The bulk of the funds raised have come from our children’s Sunday collection which coincides with Palm Sunday as we felt for the plight of the children in the period following Cyclone Pam,” Mr Vakadewavosa said.
Mr Vakadewavosa said they had extended the appeal date to give time to divisions in rural and maritime areas to send in their collections.
He said the people in Vanuatu needed support to rebuild their lives and become more resilient for the future, adding that Pacific Islands should expect more extreme weather patterns as a result of climate change.
Mr Vakadewavosa said the Methodist Church would hand the funds over to the Uniting Church in Australia’s mission arm — Uniting World — for disbursement through its relief work and projects in Vanuatu.Fijitimes
32) Unity in climate fight
Sunday, May 31, 2015
PACIFIC Island countries are hoping to form a coalition for action on climate change within the next six months.
This was highlighted by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the Pacific Island Countries Forum that was held in Thailand this week.
Mr Bainimarama said Fiji and other island nations would lead the charge at the Paris Summit to finally get the global community to wake up and pressure those nations in the “coalition of the selfish” to start finally accepting that they were citizens of the world and that the world doesn’t end at their own borders.
He said climate change continued to be a big threat which Pacific Island countries were working together to address.
“For too long these nations have been stalling on a decisive response to this global crisis. What I have called “the coalition of the selfish” have chosen to put the short-term interests of their economies and the jobs of their workers before the common good,” Mr Bainimarama said.
“We need to take the message of our extreme vulnerability to every corner of the Earth. To get the citizens of other nations to start pressuring their governments to recognise our plight and come to our assistance. And that campaign begins now, six months out from Paris with everyone in this room, 26 weeks, 183 days. That’s how much time we have to turn this thing around.”
He said he was hoping to work with international countries to achieve their objectives in Paris and end the culture of denial that had taken hold in far too many nations and parts of the world.
“We appeal to the people of the world and everyone of goodwill to recognise the crisis we are facing. Our contribution to global warming is insignificant. We don’t have significant industrial bases and in many cases, no factories at all.”
He said the “Pacific Way” on climate change needs to become the “World Way” before it’s too late.
Mr Bainimarama will also be launching his government’s Green Growth Framework that they formulated after their first national Green Growth Summit last year.
“This involved every stakeholder in our economy — Government, our development partners, the private sector and civil society groups of all kinds,” he said.Fijitimes
33) Support for environmental projects
Sunday, May 31, 2015
THE Fiji National University’s environmental science associate professor Dr Ajantha Perera says there is an increasing interest from the private sector to work with the institution in environmental projects.
“We wanted to get the private sector involved in environmental work through their corporate social responsibility,” she said at a mangrove planting program along Saweni beach in Lautoka yesterday.
“In Saweni, we have a big issue of people using the beach to dump garbage and destroying the mangroves.”
She said many mangroves at Saweni were destroyed.
“So we are trying to replant and rejuvenate them with the Fisheries Department.
“There have been more members from the private sector wanting to come in and get involved,” she said.
The event witnessed a group of about 50 environmental students and ANZ Bank staff members from Lautoka plant a targeted 1000 mangrove seedlings at the shorefront after a beach clean-up.
Dr Perera said they wanted people to take ownership of the beach and to commit to protecting the mangroves.Fijitimes
34) MP queries logging operations on Woodlark Island
The National, Friday May 29th, 2015
MILNE Bay Governor Titus Philemon has raised questions about logging operations on Woodlark Island where he claims 17,600 hectares of land are about to be cleared without a logging licence.
He said a petition signed by more than 7000 people and addressed to the Prime Minister called for a stop to illegal logging on Woodlark.
“Can the Minister inform this parliament as to what stage the operation is at now?” he asked Forests Minister Douglas Tomuriesa in parliament yesterday.
“If the legal and appropriate authority have given the approval for the company to carry out logging on Woodlark after due processes were followed, was consideration given to the various issues pending including the return of the land to the customary landowners?”
Tomuriesa, who is the Kiriwina-Goodenough MP in Milne Bay, said a sawmill was set up on the island but operations were stopped by the Government because the area to be logged was state-owned land and needed to be remitted back to the customary landowners.
35) Fishing vessels now carrying PNG flag, NFA reveals changes to fisheries act
By Online Editor
9:42 pm GMT+12, 28/05/2015, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea’s National Fisheries Authority (NFA) deputy managing director Ludwig Kumoru says 50 vessels are now carrying the Papua New Guinea flag following the authority’s call earlier this year for all foreign fishing boats to reflag.
Kumoru said this was one measure under NFA’s new reformed, which aimed to have some control in the fishery industry, particular for the lucrative tuna industry.
He had said PNG’s average revenue from tuna per year was K300 million.
Kumoru said another reason for the reflagging of vessels was because the authority was trying to limit the number of boats fishing in PNG waters.
He said a deadline for all foreign boats to reflag to PNG flag was at the end of 2016.
“There are roughly around 300 boats that are going around PNG waters fishing tuna and most of them are all foreign owned,” Kumoru said.
“As it is, foreign boats with foreign flags have every right to take fish out of the country; they don’t carry the PNG flag.
“The moment we make them have PNG flag we can control and ask them (boats) to process fish here.
“The intention of NFA now is not to make money, we need money to run the organisation and the programmes, we want the benefit of the fisheries to be realised by the country through job creation, paying taxes or other spin off benefits, that way the country earn the value of the industry.
“Now that we have reflagged some of those 50 boats, we can have small control over them. At the end of 2016, if a foreign boat didn’t reflag, it has short time after that it has no future in PNG,” he said.
On the number of skipjack tuna being caught in PNG waters, Kumoro said: “From an assessment last year, about 70 per cent of skip jack available in PNG waters has been fished out.
“We have 30 per cent of skip jack now compared to when there was no fishing at all. Now we need to control how much we can fish to build that up, if we can build the stock back up to 50 per cent that’s good for us.
“We have done number of reforms like cut down on number of fishing efforts in archipelagic waters (AW).
“Previously boats were fishing for 9500 days in the AW, now under new management we only allow them 5500 days.”
Meanwhile, the National Fisheries Authority has advised of the changes to the Fisheries Management Act 1998.
Acting managing director Philip Polon said the amendment was done to comply with the European Union and to maintain its market after the NFA was slapped with a yellow card by EU in June last year.
Speaking at the opening of a workshop in Port Moresby Thursday, Polon said the NFA has undertaken a number of reforms to address key concerns from the EU, including the legislation, tuna management plan and national plan of action.
The workshop is to create awareness on the reforms NFA is undertaking to address the issues raised by EU in their yellow card notification. “Our paramount interest is to maintain the market with the European Union,” Polon said.
“That is the only market we need to protect in order to make the industry operate in PNG because we send 99 per cent of our tuna to EU markets.
“Without that market many of the businesses in the industry would not be able to operate in the country.” He said the amendment to the Act was approved in January and a copy was shared with EU to see whether it captured their interests.
“The European Union gave NFA the thumbs up in terms of the changes done to the Act in March during their consultation,” Polon said.
“The implementation of the amendments of the Act will be effective as of June 1, we will begin implementing the Act in terms of illegal unreported and unregulated fishing and conservation and management measures.”
Deputy manager Ludwig Kumoru said: “We (NFA) have done everything, change tuna management plans, we are
optimistic that when we go for the final review with EU in July.”
The two-day workshop will end today with presentations from each business unit within NFA on the reforms.
SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS
36) Festival receives $40k boost
Sunday, May 31, 2015
NADI’S business community has been urged to rally behind the Digicel Bula Festival as this year’s Miss Bula queen will represent the town to the Miss Fiji finals and possibly the country at the regional South Pacific pageant.
The annual festival was officially launched on Friday night and received a $40,000 boost in cash and kind from its main sponsors Digicel.
“The festival’s success in the past 55 years can be noted in its popularity and it’s now a permanent fixture for the town’s social calendar,” said chief guest Nadi District Officer Jiuta Waqavonvono.
“Some members of the community are disadvantaged and it’s the enthusiasm of the festival organisers who find the time and courage for a worthy cause that gives back to the people.”
Digicel public relations and sponsorship manager Satish Narain said the sponsorship included $30,000 cash and $10,000 in kind.
“Organising a festival isn’t easy and we have been moved by the vision of (trustee) Titilia Vuataki and her group,” he added.
Also present at the official launch was outgoing Miss Bula Rowzel Madden and several of the 12 contestants vying for the crown this year.
The festival will be held from August 1-8 at Nadi’s Koroivolu Park.
37) Prince Andrew to open 15th Pacific Games
By Online Editor
7:33 pm GMT+12, 28/05/2015, Papua New Guinea
The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, will open the Pacific Games in Port Moresby in July, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has announced.
O’Neill said he was delighted that Prince Andrew, the third child of the Queen, had accepted his invitation to visit Papua New Guinea and officially open the Games.
“When Papua New Guinea last hosted the Games in 1991, Prince Andrew officially opened what was then known as the South Pacific Games,” the Prime Minister said.
“It is a measure of the standing the Games enjoys that His Royal Highness has agreed to officially open the event in a few weeks time.”
O’Neill said he was confident that competitors from across the Pacific, as well as the people of Papua New Guinea, would accord Prince Andrew a warm welcome.
Meanwhile, the Games Organising Committee (GOC) is pleased that a member of the Royal Family will open the 15th Pacific Games in Port Moresby on July 4.
A statement from GOC said they will work with the Government to ensure His Royal Highness’s visit runs smoothly.
GOC chief executive officer Peter Stewart said they’re excited with the news. Prince Andrew to grace the Games signifies that this event is of global significance.
Stewart said this deems that the Games are significant and as a result we have a Royal Family member to officiate at the opening ceremony.
Tickets to the opening ceremony are K100 (US$36) for a general admission seat.
With the announcement of Prince Andrew officiating at the ceremony, it promises to be an event not to be missed. The public is encouraged to get in quickly to avoid being disappointed at the last minute.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
38) Nadroga thrashes Vatukoula 60-0
Sunday, May 31, 2015
THE BLK Nadroga rugby team smashed Vatukoula 60-0 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday in the second round of the Skipper Cup competition.
The win also earned the Stallions a bonus point.
The home team scored nine tries and played like a wounded tiger after the loss to Naitasiri last week in Suva.
Former Nadi player Aca Simolo played superbly at number eight for Nadroga and was well supported by flankers Peni Naulago and Sailosi Rabonaqica who created havoc in open play.
Tries to Kitione Vatunitu, Aporosa Tabulawaki, Simolo and Josese Kurokavu with two conversions and a penalty from Iliesa Habosi took the score to 27 nil at halftime.
In the second half, Nadroga continued their dominance in both the forwards and backline and they piled another five tries with four of them converted between Habosi and replacement Miti Nacagilevu to take the final score to 60 – nil.
Vatukoula’s first five eight Semi Tokaduadua showed plenty of guts as he led the attack in midfield despite being pushed back with punishing tackles from the oppositions.
Vatukoula’s manager Meli Balekinakorovatu admitted they lost to a better team.
“Before we left Vatukoula I reminded our players that Nadroga lost their first game last week and would be more hungry for victory and they proved it on their ground.
“We had no answer to their superiority but they taught us a lot and they exposed our weaknesses which we will try and iron them out before our next game against Namosi,” said Balekinakorovatu.
Nadroga’s assistant coach Samu Vunaki said he was glad with the win and thanked the boys for a superb display.
“But they still have weaknesses which we hope to work on before our game against Macuata,’ said Vunaki.
Referee Pio Waqa also made his debut at the provincial level competition yesterday and did a good job.
“It was my first game as referee in the Skipper cup competition and I did really enjoyed it,” said Waqa.Fijitimes
39) World Rugby asked to change policy to help Pacific
30 May 2015
The Tonga Rugby Union says it cannot afford to compensate players for lost wages from their club teams, which is jeopardising their ability to select a full-strength team for the World Cup.
Pacific nations are battling to select some of their best players, who face significant drops in income from their club sides if they opt to turn out for their country in England later this year.
The Chair and President of the Tonga Rugby Union, Epeli Taione, says big unions like New Zealand, Australia and England can afford to pay compensation for the time their players are away from their clubs.
But he says their balance sheet cannot compete and funding from World Rugby is ring-fenced, preventing them from being able to do the same thing.
“What’s been told to us that obviously in policies World Rugby won’t support paying players wages or allowances and so-on. I think that they should look at the policies and make way for that because if not we’re heading nowhere with it. We’re just going to make the most of what we have and focus on what we’re in control of, just fingers crossed that someone out there will change their mind and we will look at how things are done in the next cycle.”
Epeli Taione says if Tonga had a full-strength team at the World Cup they could make it to the quarter or semi finals.
But until the situation changes he is resigned to the ‘Ikale Tahi simply making up the numbers.RNZI
40) Eels end losing run
Sunday, May 31, 2015
SYDNEY – Parramatta have held off a brave second half comeback from Penrith to score a thrilling 26-20 derby win at Pepper Stadium on Friday night.
The Panthers were staring at a 14-0 hole when playmaker Jamie Soward joined Matt Moylan on the sideline after a late hit from Pauli Pauli midway through the second half that saw the Eels forward placed on report.
But, led by makeshift five-eighth Bryce Cartwright, the hosts crossed three times in eight minutes to level the game with a quarter of it to go.
However the Eels regained their lead as quickly as they lost it through Semi Radradra, who touched down on a miracle grubber from Brad Takairangi in the 61st and then finished a left-side sweep in the 64th.
Yet the Panthers refused to yield and set up a grandstand finish when Dallin Watene-Zelezniak took advantage of an Isaah Yeo offload in the 70th minute.
But, in front of a strong crowd of 17,821, the Eels held on to finally end their losing streak at five games.
41) Sharks victory
Sunday, May 31, 2015
MELBOURNE – A two-try haul from skipper Scott Higginbotham wasn’t enough for the Melbourne Rebels to achieve a break-through win in South Africa, falling 25-21 to the Sharks in Durban.
The captain did his best to help his side to their first victory in the republic but the Rebels were hamstrung by the first-half dismissal of prop Laurie Weeks, leaving them to play over 50 minutes down a man.
Melbourne trailed 3-0 after an early penalty strike by five-eighth Lionel Cronje before Weeks got involved in a scuffle with Jannie du Plessis.
42) Warriors scrape home for “ugly” win over Knights
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Update: 7:55PM NEW Zealand Warriors captain Simon Mannering described his team’s third successive victory as “ugly” after they held on to beat Newcastle 24-20 at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.
It was another close-run thing for the Warriors, whose last five matches have now been decided by four points or fewer.
Newcastle winger Akuila Uate’s second try, when he powered over from dummy half with five minutes to go, was converted to make for a grandstand finish.
But the Warriors were able to hold out to prevent Newcastle from doing the double over them this season.
“It was a very ugly game from us,” Mannering said after the match.
“It’s important that we got the two points but I’m not happy with the performance.”
The Knights made three late changes to their starting 13, with skipper Kurt Gidley (thigh), prop Kade Snowden (neck) and lock Jeremy Smith (sternum) ruled out.
They were down to a three-man bench within five minutes after half-back Tyrone Roberts limped off with an ankle injury.
The Warriors struck immediately in front of a crowd of 13,203 with a Shaun Johnson break ending with centre Tuimoala Lolohea scoring.
When winger Manu Vatuvei climbed above Uate to dot down, the home side were out to a 10-0 lead and looking comfortable.
However, after a Warriors mistake deep in their own territory, Knights full-back Dane Gagai scored from the ensuing scrum, his speed putting him into a hole.
Newcastle thought they had made it a quick double, but winger James McManus was called back after an 80-metre run for an earlier Knights tackle that got them the ball.
Instead, prop Ben Matulino crashed over to extend the Warriors’ lead, before Uate got one back on Vatuvei by scoring in his marker’s tackle.
With the home side up 14-8 at half-time, centre Solomone Kata gave them some breathing space when he busted the line to grab his ninth try of his debut season.
The Knights, who had lost six of their previous seven matches, refused to go away and McManus did get his try to close the gap.
But the Warriors struck back with 12 minutes to go, a Bodene Thompson bust and Johnson kick into the in-goal finished off by winger Jonathan Wright.
43) Arsenal rout Villa in final to claim FA Cup record
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Update: 4:40PM Holders Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record 12th time yesterday, outclassing Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley with stunning goals from Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez setting up their one-sided victory.
Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud were also on target, once the match was effectively over as a contest, as the Londoners sealed their biggest winning margin in a final of the worlds oldest knockout competition.
Arsene Wenger also became the most successful FA Cup manager of modern times, guiding his side to a sixth triumph in their 19th final, another record.
Arsenal, who came from two goals down to beat Hull City 3-2 a year ago, were never in trouble against Villa and should have been ahead even before Walcott put them in front with a sizzling left-foot volley after 40 minutes.
Sanchez made it 2-0 against a hugely disappointing Villa, who hardly had a serious effort on goal, five minutes into the second half with a glorious dipping shot.
Mertesacker then converted a close-range header when he was left unmarked at a set-piece and Giroud, who came on as a late substitute, side-footed the ball home with the last kick of the game.
Arsenals victory was cheered by Southampton fans as it means they will now take the last remaining place in next seasons Europa League after finishing seventh in the Premier League.
Seven-times FA Cup winners Villa would have qualified for the Europa League with another victory.
However, all they have to look forward to now is a rebuilding job under new manager Tim Sherwood who saved them from relegation but could not mastermind their first FA Cup triumph since 1957.
Arsenal dominated the match as Villa fan Prince William looked on from the Royal Box.
The Gunners almost took the lead after 14 minutes but Villas 39-year-old keeper Shay Given, who also played in the final for Newcastle United 17 years ago, made a brilliant save from a Laurent Koscielny header.
They went close again through Aaron Ramsey, last seasons Wembley match-winner, and the midfielder had another chance to put Arsenal ahead with a shot that flew over the bar.
Walcott, preferred in the starting lineup to Giroud, justified Wengers faith with the opening goal, an effort that gave Given no chance.
The keeper could also do little about Sanchezs superb strike as Arsenal retained the FA Cup for the second time in their history, after achieving back-to-back wins in 2002 and 2003.
They rounded off the season with a 12-0 goal advantage over Villa after beating them 3-0 and 5-0 in this seasons Premier League matches.
44) Senegal nails last minute win
Sunday, May 31, 2015
SOME images are worth a thousand words. For example, the sight of the usually shy Sidy Sarr celebrating vigorously after his last-minute winner gave Senegal a 4-3 victory over Congo DR at the CAF African U20 Championship on 14 March.
After sliding home a left-footed finish, the Lion Cubs midfielder ripped off his shirt and sprinted towards the home fans at Dakar’s Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium, while the crowd erupted with joy. Reliving this moment in conversation with FIFA.com almost three months on was enough to coax Sarr out of his shell again: “It was a goal that we needed, plain and simple,” he said, smiling.
This is no exaggeration. The hosts had been trailing 3-2 as late as the 88th minute until their No.8 equalised with a powerful right-footed strike. Three minutes later up popped Sarr once again, this time with his other boot, to clinch Senegal’s maiden win at the tournament and book their place at their first-ever FIFA U20 World Cup.
Nevertheless, the young dynamo was unwilling to take all the credit: “I scored the goals, but it was a team effort,” he remarked, highlighting that all the players had their “hearts set” on making history for their country.
The starlet’s modesty is commendable, but there is no doubt that he was Senegal’s key man throughout the event.