Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1103 ( Monday 8 June 2015 )


1a) Sydney Morning Herald – ‘Blackbirding’ shame yet to be acknowledged in Australia Date June 3, 2015 – 9:50PM
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As a second generation descendant of South Sea Islanders (kanaks) who were ruthlessly recruited (blackbirded) to serve in the most appalling conditions as plantation workers in the sugar industry of Australia, I am part of a family of activists who have sought to attain recognition and social justice for my people.

More than 55,000 people, mostly men, were brought from Vanuatu, the Solomons and eighty surrounding islands under what Australia called the indentured labour trade, which was akin to slavery. They were first brought to NSW in 1847 with an influx to Queensland between 1863 and 1904.

My grandfather was taken off the island of Tana in what is now the Tafea Province of Vanuatu in the late 1800s. He was one of the many children whose birth right of freedom was stripped from him at the age of 12 when he was taken to work in the sugar cane fields. He never returned home. The experience and belief of our South Sea Islander communities, passed down through oral histories, is that our forefathers were enslaved regardless of the pretence of contracts. Most definitely this was a legal framework for what was in fact criminal activity, which saw the early deaths of 30 per cent of these “labour recruits”, buried in unmarked graves across north-eastern Australia.

Emelda Davis. 

It was illegal to bring children under the age of 16 unless accompanied by an adult. However, there are many community stories – including my grandfather’s – which contradict those regulations.

In the 1995 documentary Sugar Slaves, my grandfather’s story is told by his eldest surviving daughter, Phyllis Corowa. She describes how he escaped deportation from Australia by the 1901 Pacific Island Labourers Act, which inhumanely deported 7000 people en masse, tearing established families and loved ones apart after 40 years living in Australia.

University of Queensland professor Clive Moore has recently written of this; the wages of 15,000 deceased Islanders were used for this deportation and the low and hard-earned wages of the Islanders were used to pay part of their fare to return to the islands that in some cases had seen their entire male population kidnapped.

This was a cruel, heartless process and one of shame to all Australians.

It gives me great pleasure, however, to know that the efforts of my grandfather and our kanaka men and women contributed significantly to building the strong foundations of the sugar, pastoral and maritime industries in Australia and that we are now the third largest sugar provider in the world as well as being one of the wealthiest countries.

And what I find uncanny – and what seems to me like a strange quirk of fate – I discovered several years ago. From where I have worked in my home for the past 19 years at Pyrmont, in inner Sydney, I overlook Pirrama Park, which was once called the “Sugar Wharf” managed by CSR, and, yes, sugar ships docked there with the brown sugar from the cane farms in Queensland to be refined nearby.

These ships were managed by Burns, Philp & Co – the same company that operated over labour recruiting and trading ships throughout the Pacific. CSR and Burns Philp were companies built on the backs of kidnapped Islander labourers. Notorious blackbirders Robert Towns and John Mackay both have cities – Townsville and Mackay – dedicated in their names. Benjamin Boyd was another in this history who has been commemorated, with the naming of Ben Boyd Road on Sydney’s north.

Our lobbying has been arduous and has fallen on deaf ears with trinkets of acknowledgement and funding. Our community is 40,000 strong, with 60 per cent Torres Strait Islanders of South Sea Islander descent due to the “labour trade” and the “Coming of the Light” (Christianity) via missionaries, and also east coast Aboriginal Australians, since 40 per cent of whom are married into or have Islander heritage.

Faith Bandler​ and our patron, the Honourable Bonita Mabo​, are amongst the most distinguished of our elders and activists.

Part of our work is to establish a forum to assist Islander communities in the Pacific to gain access to meaningful work opportunities in Australia and to reconnect with our disposed families.

We have a long way to go for the successful establishment of the Islander people within that of the great nation of Australia.

It is journey to empowerment that I am proud to be part of.

Emelda Davis is the president of the Australian South Sea Islanders (Port Jackson).

Historical facts:

  • indentured labour trade akin to slavery of South Sea Islanders occurred between 1847 – 1908 (starting in NSW)
  • estimate 55,000 men & some women taken … saw some Islands reaped of their entire male population.
  • 25 to 30% = 15,000 died due to lack of immunity & maltreatment in very large numbers
  • deceased estate wages paid for the Commonwealth Govt. White Australia Policies inhumane mass deportation of over 7,000 SSIs
  • there are an estimated 40,000 surviving descendants today

ASSI have an evident kinship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities given their historical demographic through the labour trade and interracial marriage which sees today 100’s of families with direct Aboriginal bloodlines or marriage into Aboriginal families. The Torres Strait is more prominent in that and influx of ASSI were taken into the Torres Strait for pearling and bêche-de-mer industries as well as through the London Missionary Society from 1870 onwards. The most significant ASSI ‘colony’ is on Mua (St Pauls) Island, established by the Anglican Church in the 1900s.

(Waskam) Emelda Davis – President – ASSI (Port Jackson) Ltd.
Australian South Sea Islanders NSW State Alliance (working group)
National ASSI Governance Working Group member
PO Box 117, Pyrmont SYDNEY NSW 2009
mobile: 0416300946
phone: 61.2.95188981 
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1b) Indonesia sends mixed messages on Papua transmigration

8 June 2015

Indonesia’s government is at odds with itself after a government minister contradicted calls from President Joko Widodo that there would be an end to the policy of moving masses of people to Papua and West Papua.

Last week, Jokowi signalled an end to the transmigration programme, which has seen hundreds of thousands of Javanese relocated to Papua.

But yesterday, the minister for transmigration, Marwan Jafar, said the programme had proved a success in Merauke and would be expanded.

Mr Jafar says about 275,000 people have moved to Merauke since Indonesia’s annexation of Papua in 1969.

Papuans says the newcomers disregard their customs and traditions, destroy the environment, and keep the locals economically and socially subjugated.

A spokesman for Jokowi says the president has already asked the governor of Papua to halt the programme.RNZI

2) Momis praises Bougainville people’s commitment to democracy

8 June 2015

Bougainville’s president-elect John Momis says people’s conduct in the recent election has shown their commitment to democracy.

Mr Momis was speaking after the final results came though at the week-end following a week-long count for the presidency.

Mr Momis commended the elections authorities on the successful staging of the election, which was conducted for the first time by the autonomous Papua New Guinea region’s own electoral commission.

He also acknowledged those that have given him the mandate to lead the people of Bougainville in the next House of Representatives.

He said despite some hiccups during the election period, it was conducted peacefully and showed people’s commitment towards democratic principles, values and the long term vision for the people of Bougainville.

The Third Bougainville House of Representative will be sworn into office on June the 15th.

The only woman to win an open seat, Josephine Getsi, says she believes her community involvement was critical to her success.

Ms Getsi defeated 11 men in Peit constituency in north Bougainville.

A record 11 women contested the open seats.

She says her role as a teacher was one of the reasons she defeated the men standing against her.

:The people knew me, knew me very well working with them together, working amongst them, they knew me very well. As a teacher working with the community, the people, the different groups of people, the youth and I also worked with the women involved in the women’s activities in the community and Bougainville as a whole.”RNZI

3) ARB elects first woman

The National, Friday June 5th, 2015

By Delphyne Kouro

FORMER school teacher Josephine Surei Getsi (pictured) is the first woman to win an open seat in Bougainville.
She beat 11 men who contested the seat for Peit in Solos, Buka Island.
Her election campaign strategy was based on “Women can change Bougainville”.
Getsi was declared the winner after securing 368 votes more than her nearest rival Jerome Tsingoli Sawa.
She aims to prepare Bougainville for the referendum to determine its ultimate political status and continue to strengthen the council of chiefs and council of elders on peace building and development.

She wants to see churches continue to involve youths, women and civil societies as partners in peace-building and development.

4) Paris Talks Settle New Caledonia Roll Dispute
At issue eligibility for 2018 independence referendum

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 6, 2015) – New Caledonian leaders have agreed on the make-up of the electoral roll for those eligible to vote in the independence referendum due by 2018.

The breakthrough came during 12 hours of negotiations in Paris at a special meeting chaired by the French prime minister, Manuel Valls.

The anti-independence side secured concessions from the rival pro-independence camp, which agreed to broaden the terms for automatic inscription on the roll.

The previous bill, which had been put forward by the government, limited automatic registration to indigenous people and those who had voted in the 1998 referendum on the Noumea Accord, which is the decolonisation roadmap being applied now.

The French Senate is due to debate the amendment at the end of the month as part of the law change needed for the referendum vote.

The Paris meeting also agreed to change the commission vetting a separate electoral roll used for provincial elections that determine the make-up of the Congress and the government.

Both rolls have been at the heart of prolonged disputes which in April led to a mass rally in Noumea against independence from France.

The strong opposition of the loyalists against the French government’s original roll stance prompted Paris to convene this week’s first ever extraordinary meeting of the signatories of the Noumea Accord.

Radio New Zealand International

5) Motion to be debated in new Vanuatu parliament session

8 June 2015

Vanuatu’s first ordinary session of parliament for the year has begun in Port Vila this morning.

The session was delayed from its original schedule in March after the country was devastated by Cyclone Pam.

Johnny Blades reports that the opposition has lodged a motion of no-confidence against prime minister Joe Natuman.

A motion signed by 21 MPs was lodged with the speaker last week and is to be debated in the 52-seat parliament this Thursday. The signatures include those of two MPs who have since been appointed ministers. One of them, Luganville MP Kalfau Moli, is the new foreign minister, replacing Sato Kilman who was sacked by the prime minister after he indicated his support for the motion. It’s understood that Mr Kilman is the opposition’s candidate for alternative prime minister. It remains to be seen how three other government MPs linked to the motion will vote. But, having shored up its numbers with Mr Moli and new justice minister Osea Nevu coming across, the Natuman-led government is confident it has majority support.RNZI

6 ) Reshuffle ( Vanuatu ) 

Olgeta –

Tede PM i sakem Minista blong Foren Afeas Hon. Sato Kilman mo Gavman Whip Hon. Isaac Hamariliu.  Risen hemi from we yestede Hon. Sato Kilman i anaonsem long Lida blong Blok blong hem (Ham Lini) se bae hemi sapotem eni motion agensem Natuman, mo las naet hemi muv blong go joenem camp blong Oposisen.

Long pati blong hem (PPP), Hon. Sato Kilman i go wetem Dunston Hilton mo Isaac Hamarliiu, be George Wells i stap wetem Gavman, hemi no folem pati blong hem.

Mo tu, MP Alfred Carlot (Minista blong Jastis) mo MP Don Ken oli aot long Gavman.

Be long sem dei, long naet, MP Kalfau Moli hemi swer-in olsem niu Minista blong Foren Afeas; mo MP Hosea Nevu hemi swer-in olsem niu Minista blong Jastis. Wetem 2 niufala Minista ia, namba blong Gavman hemi 28, be maet i save go antap long 29 o 30 bifo nekis wik…

Mi hop se bae “merry go raon” i stop naoia!

Ta, MP Ralph Regenvanu and Minister of Lands and Natural Resources

7) Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 8 June 2015

by bobmakin

  • Many will be saddened to learn of the death of Senior Magistrate Rita Naviti in Northern District Hospital at the age of 56. Daily Post carries the news of the passing of this heroic woman leader in the judiciary. Her importance was underscored by the Head of State offering a minute’s silence in honour of her by name, and other leaders recently, before even giving his speech to open Parliament this morning. The Post news is accompanied by a lovely photograph on page 1 of the highly respected role model.
  • Daily Post also has the new ministers removing their names from the motion of no confidence in the government. Police investigations continue into the cases of the Opposition Members charged with offences against the Leadership Code (including bribery). The first action in this matter, after the alleged offences being allegedly committed and MPs suspended, was the appeal to the courts of those implicated to have parliamentary suspensions lifted. They were. However, the charges are still being investigated by the Police.
  • The Ordinary sitting of Parliament continues this morning. Nagriamel spokesman Jeff Joel Patunvanu insists Nagriamel is remaining strongly supportive of Government. “The Nagriamel Movement is committed to working with the government to achieve development goals for social and economic progress and benefit for the people of Vanuatu,” said Patunvanu to Post. It will stay with government “until the end of its term”.

8) Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 6 June 2015

by bobmakin

  • The best thing about the weekend papers is that both Daily Post and The Independent carry a Government Budget Policy Statement for 2016 which underscores the elements of Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, so necessary following cyclone Pam. Tourism gets first mention where Services are concerned and the Productive sector comes in next to emphasize fisheries, agriculture, forestry and livestock, occupying the majority of the population. The outlook for 2016, especially regarding agriculture in Shefa and Tafea, has been severely affected by Pam, the statement acknowledges. Reduction of foreign exchange earnings means foreign reserves will continue much lower than predicted. The current account is already contracting this year, of course, and VAT exemptions have naturally highlighted this. It is interesting to note, however, that theGovernment will continue to counter mal-administrative practices such as tax evasion or avoidance by working towards establishing a competent authority. OECD and Global Forum tax information exchange agreements will guide the Government. ThePublic Finance and Economic Management Act (CAP244) will guide the Government regarding policies in 2016. It’s good to have such an unequivocal policy statement.
  • Daily Post begins this week quite rightly challenging the VPIEF to ensure it is not another Ponzi scheme, of which we have seen too many in Vanuatu. Membership fees being used to buy land and vehicles when leaders have the support of thirty or forty thousand people is fine, but does not necessarily make money for the investors.
  • A motion has been lodged, signed by 21 Opposition MPs. Their stated un-constitutional removal, alleged unfairness of cyclone relief, the e-visa scheme with China and alleged mis-use of funds are cited as reasons, to be debated next Thursday.
  • Unfortunately it seems VRDTCA, the rural training scheme which has produced remarkable results with many young people, is allegedly run down owing to bad management, says Post. The former director was simply allowed to resign. The body has been core-funded by NZaid.
  • In down-sizing, the Port Vila Municipality has reduced its numbers of workers from 117 to 48, largely by dropping garbage collection personnel.
  • Post also has the Chamber of Commerce meeting with Lands Minister Regenvanu this coming week to discuss difficulties in obtaining leases. This will be prior to the VCCI’ annual general meeting, also this coming week.
  • Post also observes the retirement from public life of National Archivist Anne Naupayesterday with a splendid send-off at the Cultural Centre and a lovely song composed in her honour and sung by VKS uniformed staff.


9) Test for dengue strain

Monday, June 08, 2015

AMERICAN Samoa’s Department of Health is carrying out further testing to determine if there’s a new type of dengue fever present in the territory following confirmation that two people died from dengue last month.

The Department’s epidemiologist Scott Anesi says they are gathering more information about the two deaths to help with their investigation.

Mr Anesi says they are looking at their age groups, villages, correlation of where they worked, shop or went to school to seeing if there are similarities with the dengue virus occurring in the island countries where there have been recent outbreaks.

He says the deaths are unusual because of the sudden deterioration from flu like symptoms.

“So our case definition that we are coming up together is not really matching the sudden onset and deterioration of some of the cases that we are seeing so we are very surprised at how fast that the cases deteriorated and also leading to death and we are definitely interested in the serotying because what we are trying to see is if there’s maybe possible co-infections as we are still in the outbreak of the flu or if its a serotype that we haven’t seen in the territory before.”

Our correspondent says the villages of the two people who died from dengue last month, a 37 year old man and a ten month old baby had not been disclosed.

Meanwhile, three people suspected to have dengue fever were admitted to the LBJ Hospital on Thursday.

LBJ’s Infection Prevention nurse Sharmaine Mageo says the three were admitted so they can be closely monitored.

She also says a 16 year-old girl who had symptoms of the disease passed away last week, and the hospital is sending samples off-island for confirmation of the girl’s cause of death.

Our correspondent says results will not be known for at least a week.

10) American Samoa citizenship ruling welcomed

8 June 2015

The American Samoa Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen is pleased with a landmark decision by the US Court of Appeals on citizenship.

The court found the citizenship clause in the US Constitution does not apply to people born in American Samoa.

Aumua says now that a federal court has ruled, it is up to American Samoans living in the islands to decide the issue of citizenship.

The congresswoman says Friday’s historic decision means the people of American Samoa have won the right to self-determination and continuation of their unique history and culture.

She says people have been confusing the status of American Samoans living in the US and those living in the territories.

“The federal court has made it clear that citizenship of those nationals in American Samoa should be offered only when the people as a group decide they want it. Now that the court has ruled, I’ll be offering my American Samoa Freedom of Choice Act in the near future which will address both of these issues.”

Amata says American Samoans living in the US would benefit from an accelerated citizenship process under her anticipated measure.

People born in American Samoa are classified as US nationals, not citizens.

In order to become US citizens, they have to live in the United States for six months and apply for citizenship.

The Congresswoman expects the House Judiciary Committee, with jurisdiction over immigration and citizenship to handle the bill.

A lawyer involved in a landmark US citizenship case says the ruling on the case justifies a second class status for people born in American Samoa.

Charles Alailima who represented the plaintiffs in the case Tuaua vs United States says the decision marks the first time a federal court of appeals has ruled that citizenship by birth on US soil is not a fundamental right.

He says it is based on antiquated and foreign views of citizenship that have until now been rejected under American law.

He says the decision also ignores that American Samoa’s traditional leaders believed US citizenship was part of the deal when they signed over sovereignty to the United States through the Deeds of Cession.

The lawyer says it fails to even mention the Fono repeatedly petitioned Congress for US citizenship in the decades to come, only to be denied it because of opposition from the U.S. Navy.

The lead plaintiff Leneuoti Tuaua says he believes the US Constitution guarantees citizenship to everyone born on US soil.

The plaintiffs have yet to decide whether they will take the case further.RNZI

11) Tuvalu Immigration ban eight Fiji nationals from entering the country
By Online Editor
8:15 pm GMT+12, 07/06/2015, Tuvalu

Eight Fijians who overstayed their visitors permit in Tuvalu have been banned from entering the country.

The Fiji nationals were slapped with a one year ban. They were scheduled to return to Fiji on MV Manufolau.

Senior Immigration Officer Leilani Saitala confirmed the department had issued eights letters of Prohibited Immigrant Notice to the MV Manufolau to deliver to immigration officials in Fiji upon arrival in Suva.

“The eight Fijians failed to extend their visitors permit after the one month granted by the department on the date of arrival in Tuvalu,” said Saitala.

“Visitors entering the country are granted a Visitor’s Permit by the immigration department for a stay of up to one month which is free, but can be extended for a period of three months,” she added.

The Immigration Department had imposed a new fee of $100 for the extension of a visitor’s permit.

Meanwhile, the Tuvalu Immigration Department is urging all Tuvaluans to take good care of their passports.

“Lots of people have come to the office requesting for new passports because their passports have been either been damaged, soaked in water or ripped off and scribbled by their children,” said Saitala.



12) Terrorists to lose citizenship

Monday, June 08, 2015

CANBERRA – The federal government is prepared to boot out Australian-born supporters of terrorism, so long as they’re not left stateless.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said 150 people had been identified in Australia as supporting fighters in Syria, by fundraising, training and preparing to join them.

Mr Dutton confirmed to Channel 10 proposed legislation stripping dual-nationality terrorists of their Australian citizenship, would apply to both those at home and abroad and defended his power to make the order instead of a court.

Senior Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese confirmed the opposition had offered in-principle support to these changes, but said the opposition wanted to see the legislation before giving full support.

“You have this ridiculous position … where it is almost as if some members of the government are trying to say we are more loyal to Australia than others,” he told Sky News.

13) Big Brother in schools tracking students’ digital footprints
Monday, June 08, 2015

Update: 11:37AM Sydney schools are employing “big brother” data collection technology to track whether students are finishing their homework, skipping classes as well as how much their parents are likely to donate.

This week it was revealed that 34 schools in NSW were using software that allowed them to track how much parents were likely to donate based on the amount and type of emails they sent, the wealth of the suburb they live in, their volunteering efforts, and community involvement.

The digital footprint of the state’s pupils is making the twice a year report card look out of date.

Among the data collection technology at the fore is LearningField, which is being used by 48 schools in Australia.

Every time a student opens a textbook on their tablet or laptop in the digital textbook library, their school and teachers are able to track their movements.

The technology works through tracing their interaction with the device on the screen or the cursor, highlighting colour coded passages that denote how long a student has engaged with particular chapters or passages.

“We can’t tell if they have actually understood the content, but we can certainly say they have engaged with it,” LearningField director Ben Heuston said.

For those students who are found to be more advanced or those who are struggling, it allows the class to be divided  so that some students can look at other passages in the program’s 10,000 textbook library while others do remedial work.

At the same time administration programs such as Skoolbag and Schoolbox are becoming more sophisticated.

“They are the solution to the endless amounts of excursions slips buried in the bottoms of bags,” Skoolbag partner Andrew Tsousis said.

Calendars, cancellations, school notices, school information, school timetables, parent sick note forms and school documents are all digitised, their data kept so that a student’s attendance or lack thereof can be mapped and patterns drawn out of it.

As the technology develops, the Australian Council For Educational Research, is working with a team from the University of Sydney on rolling out a system that will capture all the data from disparate apps, including NAPLAN results.

Michael Timms from ACER said the system will bring the data together into a usable form that is able to put up red flags to help spot struggling students showing information that could otherwise go unnoticed, like a student missing one set of homework in each class every couple of days and not attending their football training for a week.

“Right now individual teachers might not spot a student struggling in one class if they only see them a couple of times a week,” Dr Timms said.

“With all the data on attendance, homework and activities, patterns will begin to emerge as a predictor of how a student is travelling and students will be picked up a lot earlier”.

But there remain concerns over just how schools will keep all this data secure.

The privacy commission has repeatedly warned of the dangers of inappropriate disclosure of the mountains of data being collected.

Civil Liberties Australia has called on school authorities throughout Australia to undertake proper privacy and security assessments.

“We support proper use of new technology, but this development has inherent dangers which should be evaluated by schools, their governing bodies, and parents,” a spokesman said.   ABC


14) 9,000 Samoans Enter Today’s NZ Migration Ballot
Up to 1,100 may be granted residence in NZ

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 8, 2015) – More than 9,000 people in Samoa have applied for residence in New Zealand and are in today’s ballot under the Samoan Quota Scheme.

Under the scheme, up to 1,100 Samoan citizens may be granted residence in New Zealand every year if they meet certain conditions.

Applicants must be Samoan citizens, aged between 18 and 45, with the principal applicant required to have a job offer from a New Zealand employer.

The names of the successful applicants are will be drawn by ballot today and announced next Friday by Immigration New Zealand.

Those successful in the ballot will have until March the 7th next year to satisfy Immigration New Zealand requirements and lodge their formal residence visa applications.

Radio New Zealand International


15) Australia i helpim PNG Gals Kriket

Updated 5 June 2015, 15:19 AEST
Caroline Tiriman

Ol yangpla skul meri long Papua New Guinea nau igat chans oa wei blong save moa long pilai cricket na go hed wantem education blong ol.

Odio: Media na Public Relations ofisa blong Cricket PNG Benny Geteng itoktok wantem Caroline Tiriman

Ol yangpla skul meri long Papua New Guinea nau igat chans oa wei blong save moa long pilai cricket na go hed wantem education blong ol.

Despla bai kamap bihaenim wanpla wokbung namel long Cricket PNG, Gavman blong Australia, na  International Cricket Council.

Oli bin lonchim despla nupla progrem long Sarere long wik igo pinis, long taem blong Australia week long PNG.

High Commissioner blong Australia long PNG Ms Deborah Stokes wantem Cricket PNG General Manager Greg Campbell ibin lonchim despla progrem.

Na oli kolim long Girls Empowerment Through Cricket Program oa (GET).ABC

16) Solomon Islands ikonomi ino stret gut iet

Updated 5 June 2015, 14:57 AEST
Caroline Tiriman

Ol wok moni blong Solomon Islands ino kamap gut iet bihaenim ol bikpla floods emi bin hamarim kantri long 2014.

Odio: Tony Koraua, Chairman blong Solomon Islands Chamber ov komas itoktok wantem Caroline Tiriman

Ol wok moni blong Solomon Islands ino kamap gut iet bihaenim ol bikpla floods emi bin hamarim kantri long yia igo pinis maski sopos sampla mansave oa Economists iwok long tokaut olsem ol wok moni blong Solomon Islands bai go antap.

Despla em toktok blong President blong Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce, Mr Tony Koraua husat itok emi hamamas long harim despla toktok blong ol ikonomist.

Toktok blong en i bihaenim  toktok blong ANZ bank long nupla Pacific Quarterly ripot we emi tok ikonomi ibin go antap kuik bihaen long despla floods long yia igo pinis.

Despla bikpla tait wara long 2014 ibin kamapim ol bikpla heve long laif blong ol pipal na tu ol wok moni blong kantri.ABC


17a) Brèves du Pacifique – vendredi 5 juin 2015

Posté à 5 June 2015, 16:54 AEST
Élodie Largenton

Le président indonésien met fin à la transmigration vers la Papouasie occidentale.

Selon le magazine indonésien Tempo, Joko Widodo veut arrêter ce programme qui pousse les travailleurs à aller s’installer dans la province papoue, avec pour conséquence de mettre les Mélanésiens en situation de minorité sur leurs propres terres. Ce programme engendre une contestation économique et sociale, à laquelle Jokowi veut mettre fin, explique Tempo.

  • Amnesty International s’inquiète du sort des quatre réfugiés envoyés au Cambodge par l’Australie. Leur transfert s’est déroulé alors que l’ONG de défense des droits de l’homme publiait un rapport sur la répression brutale des manifestations de 2013 au Cambodge. « Arrêtez de transférer des demandeurs d’asile et des réfugiés vers des pays tiers où ils ne sont pas à l’abri des violations des droits de l’homme », demande Amnesty au gouvernement australien.
  • En Australie, l’homme d’affaires Alan Bond est décédé à l’âge de 77 ans. Il est connu pour avoir remporté la Coupe de l’America en 1983, mettant fin à 132 ans de règne américain dans cette compétition de voile. Alan Bond était aussi un homme d’affaires controversé. Après avoir fait fortune dans l’immobilier, la brasserie, l’extraction d’or et la télévision, il a fait faillite dans les années 1990, et a été emprisonné pour un transfert d’argent illégal. Il est mort dans un hôpital de Perth, des suites d’une opération au cœur.
  • Nouvel exploit des Espoirs fidjiens : ils ont battu le Honduras, 3-0, hier, en Coupe du monde de football des moins de 20 ans. C’est la toute première victoire des Fidji lors d’un tournoi FIFA. Pour leur entrée dans la compétition, les Fidjiens s’étaient lourdement inclinés face à l’Allemagne, mais ils avaient réussi à marquer un but. Prochain match : dimanche, face à l’Ouzbékistan.ABC

17b) La Chine investit dans le domaine minier en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée

Mis à jour 5 June 2015, 17:25 AEST

Élodie Largenton

Le fleuve Sepik serpente sur plus de 1 000 km entre hauts plateaux et montagnes de Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée. Au-delà de sa beauté, il est primordial pour la préservation de l’environnement : c’est la plus grande zone humide non contaminée de la région Asie-Pacifique.
Le fleuve Sepik en crue.
Le fleuve est aussi une source de nourriture et un moyen de transport pour les milliers d’habitants qui habitent le long de son parcours. Et bientôt, le cours supérieur du Sepik accueillera une mine de cuivre. Le projet a été nommé Frieda River et il est mené par une entreprise australienne, PanAust, qui vient d’être rachetée par une entreprise chinoise, Guangdong Rising Asset Management, ou GRAM.
Car PanAust ne devait plus investir 2 milliards de dollars dans cette mine, mais 7 milliards. C’est la réalité du marché, estime Greg Anderson, le directeur général de la Chambre des mines de Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée. Seule la Chine est capable de financer ce genre de projets, aujourd’hui, explique-t-il :
« C’est un projet énorme, de dimension internationale, et mobiliser des fonds pour le lancer, en particulier dans le contexte actuel, c’est extrêmement difficile. Ils auront le capital, donc avec l’arrivée de la Chine, le projet est bien plus susceptible d’avancer, ce sera sûrement lancé d’ici cinq ans. »
GRAM est en effet pressé de mettre la mine en état de marche, mais il reste plusieurs étapes avant de pouvoir réellement lancer le projet. Une étude de faisabilité est en cours de réalisation.
Les entreprises minières n’ont pas bonne réputation en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, et pour cause, rappelle le chercheur Gavin Mudd. Maître de conférences en génie de l’environnement à l’université australienne Monash, il s’inquiète de la réalisation de ce projet géant :
« Si vous regardez la performance environnementale des sites miniers chinois à travers le monde, je pense qu’on peut légitimement se poser de nombreuses questions. Tout impact sur le Sepik n’aurait pas seulement des répercussions sur les gens qui vivent sur le site de la mine, dans les montagnes, mais cela suivrait tout le cours du fleuve jusqu’à la côte. »
Le principal risque, selon Gavin Mudd, c’est que l’eau soit contaminée. Des craintes que balaie Paul Scarr, secrétaire général de PanAust :
« GRAM est l’un des principaux actionnaires de PanAust depuis 2009. Pendant cette période, PanAust a reçu une récompense internationale pour ses performances respectueuses du développement durable. Avec GRAM, on comprend parfaitement à quel point ce projet est sensible dans cette région, et ils nous soutiennent dans nos efforts pour n’avoir aucun impact négatif sur le fleuve Sepik. »
GRAM est une société d’investissement, et non une entreprise minière. Elle devrait laisser la direction des opérations aux cadres australiens de PanAust.ABC

18) France to host Pacific summit

By Online Editor
8:17 pm GMT+12, 07/06/2015, France

The French prime minister, Manuel Valls has invited the leaders of Pacific Island countries to a summit in Paris at the end of this year to coincide with the COP 21 climate conference.

The summit is aimed at strengthening ties and helping the French territories integrate into the region, notably to become full members of the Pacific Islands Forum.

France has so far hosted three summits with Pacific leaders – two chaired by President Jacques Chirac in 2003 and 2006 and one, in 2009, by the then foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner.

The Paris summit is also to raise climate change challenges which were highlighted last year when the French president, Francois Hollande, visited New Caledonia.

Valls has also announced that he plans to visit New Caledonia, but has given no date.

New Caledonia and French Polynesia are on the UN decolonisation list while Wallis and Futuna is a territory where the French republic recognises traditional kings.

Meanwhile, New Caledonian leaders have agreed on the make-up of the electoral roll for those eligible to vote in the independence referendum due by 2018.

The breakthrough came during 12 hours of negotiations in Paris at a special meeting chaired by the French prime minister, Manuel Valls.

The anti-independence side secured concessions from the rival pro-independence camp, which agreed to broaden the terms for automatic inscription on the roll.

The previous bill, which had been put forward by the government, limited automatic registration to indigenous people and those who had voted in the 1998 referendum on the Noumea Accord, which is the decolonisation roadmap being applied now.

The French Senate is due to debate the amendment at the end of the month as part of the law change needed for the referendum vote.

The Paris meeting also agreed to change the commission vetting a separate electoral roll used for provincial elections that determine the make-up of the Congress and the government.

Both rolls have been at the heart of prolonged disputes which in April led to a mass rally in Noumea against independence from France.

The strong opposition of the loyalists against the French government’s original roll stance prompted Paris to convene this week’s first ever extraordinary meeting of the signatories of the Noumea Accord.



19) List of shame

Middle East Online
Monday, June 08, 2015

Human Rights Watch urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to add Israel to an annual “List of Shame” of children’s rights violators, after more than 500 children were killed in the war in Gaza past year.

Reports suggest Mr Ban is leaning towards leaving Israel off the list, after diplomatic lobbying by Israel and the US. The US-based rights group called on Mr Ban to resist political pressure to keep the Israeli Defense Forces off the list, due to be released next week.

“Secretary-General Ban can strengthen child protection in war by compiling his list based on facts, not political pressure,” said Philippe Bolopion, crisis advocacy director at Human Rights Watch.

Human Rights Watch is also calling for the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas to be included as well as armed groups in Pakistan, Thailand and India for serious violations including attacks on schools and the recruitment of child soldiers. The current list has 51 groups including Boko Haram and Islamic State as well as the armed forces from eight countries such as Syria, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

20) US president Barack Obama wants G7 leaders to stand up to Russian ‘aggression’ in Ukraine

Updated 8 June 2015, 7:50 AEST

US president Barack Obama urged fellow leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) to stand up to “Russian aggression in Ukraine” as he enjoyed a traditional Bavarian welcome ahead of the summit in Germany.

In his opening remarks as he was welcomed by German chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr Obama said one of the issues G7 leaders would be discussing was “standing up to Russian aggression” .

In a sign of togetherness showing Russian president Vladimir Putin the unity of the G7 over the Ukraine crisis, Mr Obama said ties between the United States and Germany were “one of the strongest alliances the world has ever known”.

He also hailed the “enduring friendship” between the American and German people in a speech warmly applauded by Bavarians in traditional dress, quaffing beer and munching pretzels.

Ms Merkel praised the United States as an “essential partner” despite occasional “differences of opinion”.

Mr Obama and Ms Merkel were speaking in the tiny village of Kruen ahead of the summit which started on Sunday at the nearby Elmau Castle.

Locals were dressed in their finest traditional Tracht – lederhosen (leather trousers) for the men, dirndl smocks for the women, and girls in dresses with their hair in neat plaits.

Later the leaders tucked into plates of white sausage and soft pretzels, washed down with local wheat beer.

“There’s never a bad day for beer and Weisswurst,” Mr Obama quipped, after calling out the Bavarian greeting of Gruss Gott.

A farmer who sat at their table said the brew was non-alcoholic.

A day after thousands protested against the G7 in largely peaceful rallies, a handful staged a sit-in on Sunday to block the main access road to the castle, meaning journalists were transported by helicopter to the isolated location.

The protesters told AFP they had managed to sneak through the woods unnoticed by police, despite the presence of more than 22,000 officers who set up a ring of steel around the summit venue.

Ms Merkel had hoped to use the picture-book setting of lush Bavarian meadows and magnificent mountain peaks to showcase the homely side of Europe’s biggest economy while searching for consensus on a catalogue of pressing global issues.

Strong US-German ties were tested in recent years by a spying scandal, including the alleged tapping of Ms Merkel’s mobile phone, and more recently by reports of joint US-German surveillance of European political and economic targets, which has put Ms Merkel under domestic pressure.

She stressed the US and Germany shared “common values” in an apparent reference to Mr Putin.

Russia was expelled from the G7 after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.

European Council president Donald Tusk will also attend the meeting and said he wanted to “reconfirm G7 unity on sanctions policy” against Russia.

As well as Ukraine, the leaders are also expected to discuss the Greek debt crisis and the threat posed worldwide by jihadist terrorism.


21) British PM put on notice

Monday, June 08, 2015

LONDON – Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has been put on notice that 50 of his own backbenchers will lead calls for Britain to quit the EU if he does not secure major concessions from Brussels.

A new group, Conservatives for Britain, has pledged to initially support Mr Cameron’s bid to renegotiate London’s terms of membership of the 28-nation bloc.

However, the group also stands poised to campaign to leave if the Prime Minister doesn’t secure major changes, such as regaining control over free trade powers and British laws.

“Unless senior EU officials awake to the possibility that one of the EU’s largest members is serious about a fundamental change in our relationship, our recommendation to British voters seems likely to be exit,” Conservative politician Steve Bakertold The Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

Mr Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union then hold an in-or-out referendum on the outcome by the end of 2017.

The Prime Minister has been on a whirlwind tour of European capitals seeking support for his touted reforms, which include making it harder for EU migrants to claim benefits in Britain and opt out of the commitment to an “ever closer union”.



22a) Killer disease high in the Health agenda

By Jonas Cullwick/ Vanuatu Daily Post.


Posted: Saturday, June 6, 2015 1:00 pm

The Ministry of Health is placing a strong emphasis on NCDs (non-communicable diseases) as the disease is now placed high in the health agenda of government.

To highlight this government commitment, a national NCD Roadmap will be launched by the Minister of Health, George Wells, in Parliament next week.

The Roadmap will be used as a tool to create public awareness and advocate for resources to support NCD prevention, a stamen from the Office of the Director General of the Ministry of Health says.

“The Roadmap provides a strategic direction for NCD interventions through a multi-sectoral approach.”

Marking the beginning of this fight against the disease, an NCD screening for Parliamentarians took place in Parliament House on Wednesday June 3.

“This demonstrates government leadership in encouraging the public to have NCD screening to be followed by firm discipline in changing lifestyle behaviors related to the development of NCDs,” the statement says.

NCDs cause crippling effects on people’s lives including premature deaths, heart attack and disability such as stroke, blindness and loss of limbs. The most common NCDs are diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, long-standing respiratory disease and cancers. In Vanuatu, diabetes is the most common type of NCDs and new cases are diagnosed every week and every month.

In Vila Central Hospital, surgeons are amputating legs just about every week due to complications of diabetes. More than 75% of adult deaths in a year are due to NCDs. NCDs also exert financial and social pressures that hinder economic development and affect the well-being of families, communities and nations.

“The good news is that NCDs can be prevented. The starting point is to know our risk factors. The major NCD risk factors are tobacco, heavy use of alcohol, unhealthy diets and obesity, and lack of physical activity,” the statement from the Office of the Director General continues.

“We should all strive to know our individual risk levels. Knowing this should force us to change lifestyle behaviours. This means strong determination to eat healthy, lose weight, stop smoking, exercise daily and avoid overuse of alcohol. Keeping to a healthy lifestyle can keep NCDs away during one’s lifetime.”

An NCD STEP study in 2011 showed high levels of NCD risk factors among adult population in Vanuatu with 90% having at least one type of risk factor. Combination of risk factors occurs in more than 30% of those studied, the statement says.

The common risk factors were: High sugar level — 20%; High blood pressure — 30%; High blood cholesterol — 37%; Overweight — 51%; Obesity — 20%; Smoking — 28%; Regular alcohol -12%; Unhealthy diets — 62%; Lack of exercise — 32%.

“For people who already have some kind of NCDs, their condition can improve with changed lifestyle and medicines. Evidences show that medicines do not work very well without lifestyle change. Hence, every treatment plan must include the four key messages of behaviour change: eat healthy, lose weight, stop smoking, exercise daily and avoid overuse of alcohol.”

The Ministry of Health is taking lead role in mobilizing government sectors, NGOs, private sector, and other stakeholders to combat NCDs in a multi-sectoral approach in line with the NCD Roadmap. NCDs are not only a health issue, but they are a developmental and social issue – therefore it’s everybody’s business to fight back.

As part of the joint efforts, the Acting Director General of Health, George Taleo is keen to offer free NCD screening to other government offices so that they know their risk factors and commit to lifestyle change. Further to this, he wants to encourage government offices develop their own workplace-based healthy lifestyle activities – such as healthy snacks, kick smoking and restart walk-for-life after work.

22b) Mercy tour, free medical check at the park

Monday, June 08, 2015

Update: 12:13PM MEMBERS of the media this morning had the opportunity to tour the US Naval Ship (USNS) Mercy that is docked at the Suva Wharf.

Media personnel took a tour of the various sections of the hospital ship and were greeted by the crew, most of whom were US Navy medical officials.

Lt Gary Galicinao, a ship nurse said the ship could carry a capacity of 1000 patients.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people are queuing up at Ratu Sukuna Park to take advantage of the free health checks and wellness education provided by other US Navy personnel.Fijitimes


23) Police issues warning to students on what they post on social media– The Fiji Police Force is issuing a warning to students to be mindful of what they post on social networking sites after a video showing three students from a prominent school in Suva allegedly smoking a substance from a bottle has gone viral on Facebook. The video showed the three students without supervision, sitting in a classroom and allegedly smoking a substance from a bottle.


24) Speaker: Advise me first

The National, Friday June 5th, 2015

SPEAKER Theo Zurenuoc has advised parliamentarians to inform him of any information they have on other  MPs before it is raised in Parliament.
He made the statement after Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat questioned Moresby South MP and Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko on the beautification contract awarded to his family company by the National Capital District Commission for work in the city. “You can bring all kinds of information here (parliament) to accuse (others) but I have to make the ruling first. You bring (such) information to the attention of the Speaker first,” Zurenouc said.
He said the Speaker must assess the information and decide on whether it should be tabled.
Attorney-General and Justice Minister Ano Pala agreed that the Speaker should consider what should be raised in Parliament.
“No member should be put in a situation where he needs to defend himself without proper information being given,” he said.
“Very important questions need to be put through proper procedures.”
Pala said the integrity of the member and the decorum of parliament were being brought into question.
Zurenuoc said it should not stop MPs asking questions, as long as they followed procedures.

 25)  Minister clarifies business contract
The National, Friday June 5th, 2015


MORESBY South MP Justin Tkatchenko says he is no longer involved in the family business engaged by the National Capital District Commission in a K27 million contract to keep Port Moresby clean.
He was responding to accusations levelled at him in Parliament by Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat that his family company – PNG Gardener Kitoro #33 – had been awarded a K27 million three-year contract by the NCDC to carry out “beautification work” in Port Moresby.
Marat asked Tkatchenko “to confirm or deny” the contract, saying it was “exorbitant”.
Marat said the K9 million each for 2015, 2016 and 2017 was to “repaint the sculptures and flowers on existing roundabouts and roads which already have flower pots and plants growing in them”.
Tkatchenko, the Minister for Sports and Pacific Games, said more than 1000 people were employed by the company to clean and maintain the city.
He said the family-run company, PNG Gardener Kitoro #33, of which he was a director for 20 years, had been cleaning the city for the past seven years.
“When I became a member of parliament, I declared my interest to the Ombudsman Commission and was asked to resign as director and shareholder,” he said.
“I am no longer the director and shareholder since 2012.
“I have no working input in the company since I became a member of parliament.”
Tkatchenko explained that when the tender went out for the contract, PNG Gardener tendered for it. But he was not present at the board meeting when the contract was discussed.
“Let’s get our facts right before we start opening our mouths and telling lies and misleading situations about my family company,” he said.
He said he was proud of what he had done for the city.
“I am clear in what I do and I have no problems about it whatsoever,” he said.

26) Economic growth reviewed to 11.3%

The National, Friday June 5th, 2015

TREASURY Minister Patrick Pruaitch says the economy is expected to grow by 11.3 per cent – lower than the projected 15.5 per cent.
He provided Parliament yesterday an update on the 2015 budget and the state of the economy.
“In 2015, the economy is expected to grow by 11.3 per cent, slightly lower than the 15.5 per cent projected in the 2015 budget,” Pruaitch said.
“This is due to the increased rate of gas production achieved in 2014, which has lowered the growth in gas production expected in the 2015 budget.
“After the drop in non-mining GDP, revised down from 1.4 per cent to 1.2 per cent in 2014, a turnaround in non-mining GDP is expected in 2015 with improvements in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.
“Weakening Government revenues is anticipated to reduce total revenue and grants by K1.3 billion this year, the second consecutive fall experienced by this Government.
“To date, total expenditure and net lending has been maintained in line with the 2015 budget.
“I have tasked Treasury to plan a mini-budget in the next couple of months to ensure the Government continues to implement prudent and sustainable macroeconomic policies.”

27) ILO Saga – FTUC disagree with Joint Report- A joint report to be presented next week to the ILO governing body in Geneva by the government, the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation and the Fiji Trade Union Congress could be in jeopardy. FTUC General Secretary Felix Anthony reported on social media that they have filed a separate report stating their concerns and the lack of good faith.

28) Teleni new High Commissioner to PNG- Fiji’s former Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Esala Teleni is now the new High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea. While taking his Oath of Allegiance at Government House, Teleni says he is excited to be posted to the Melanesian nation, as there are many opportunities that can be developed for Fiji and PNG.

29) My group will disrespect the new Fiji flag – Waqavonovono- The Leader of the SODELPA Youth Council, Peter Waqavonovono says he is not making comments as a SODELPA representative when he publicly said that he and a group of people will disrespect the new Fijian flag. In an interview on Radio NZ, Waqavonovono said he will reject the new flag, even going to the extent of removing the flag at any of the activities.—Waqavonovono-s925kr/


30) Film competition

Atasa Moceituba
Monday, June 08, 2015

PARTICIPANTS, fans and supporters of the HFC Bank Kula Film competition should expect some changes in this year’s competition.

This was revealed by Film Fiji CEO Dallas Foon.

He said schools would enter with their themes unlike the past where they were given themes and had to come up with an item.

“Last year they were restricted to certain types of themes for their storytelling. This year, we’ve opened the creativity and there are no themes at all,” Mr Foon said.Fijitimes


31)  Vt6 billion agreement for aviation upgrade

By Godwin Ligo

Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 7:00 pm | Updated: 10:05 am, Thu Jun 4, 2015.

The Minister of Finance, Maki Simelum, yesterday signed a $US59.5 million or around Vt6 billion credit agreement with the World Bank Country Director, Franz Drees-Gross, to improve the safety and efficiency of its aviation sector, a critical pillar in Vanuatu’s continued social and economic development and a key of its disaster management and recovery activities.

The Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project will deliver sector reform, along with essential upgrades to runways, terminal infrastructure and traffic control management for Vanuatu’s international airports.

World Bank Country Director for Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands, Franz Drees-Gross signed the agreement with Vanuatu’s Minister of Finance and Economic Management, Maki Simelum at a ceremony in Port Vila yesterday, witnessed by the Minister for Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Esmon Sai, and Senior Government officials and World Bank Officials.

“Aviation plays a vital part in Vanuatu’s economy, especially for the tourism industry,” said Maki Simelum. He stressed that: “This project will improve airport facilities in need of repair across the country, some of which are in need of urgent repairs following Cyclone Pam,” he said.

Out of the total project funding, US$ 3.8 million (Vt399 million) has been set aside for emergency reconstruction for damage to airports caused by the Category 5 Cyclone Pam, which killed 11 people and left thousands homeless in early March, 2015.

The project will invest in key aviation infrastructure and navigational and communication equipment for Vanuatu’s three international airports; Port Vila, Luganville (Santo) and Whitegrass (Tanna) including new runways lighting and improved safety and security equipment for luggage and cargo screening.

Port Vila Bauerfield International Airport will receive urgent runway rehabilitation and a new domestic terminal.

In addition, the project will finance the strengthening of Vanuatu’s aviation regulator and institutions by developing an Airport Master Plan and Aviation Sector Strategy to guide future developments as well as delivering targeted technical assistance and training to identify and support the sector’s long term needs.

“The World Bank sees this project as a priority for Vanuatu, given aviation’s pivotal role in the nation’s long term economic development,” said World Bank Country Director.

He added: “The role of aviation in the ability to respond to natural disasters was highlighted after the recent Cyclone Pam, another reason why investing in this sector is so important,” he emphasized at the signing ceremony yesterday.

The Vt6 billion for the project will be funded through a credit from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s Fund for the poorest countries. The Australian Government has committed US$300,000 through the Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) for a safety and security audit and advisory support services.

In his official remarks, the Finance Minister, Maki Simelum also stated that this pursuit is not an isolated incident, but a part of the consolidated effort by the Government to pursue infrastructural development as the basis for establishing suitable foundation for growth and development.

“Aviation investment project is a furtherance of our policy direction to strengthen all avenues for growth in our effort to attain wider sustainability of socioeconomic development of our nation which we much cherish,” said Finance Minister Simelum.

The finance minister also remarked on the aging of the International Airport runway as a major concern which precipitated the fear of a threat to security of the country’s aviation development that would impose wider risk to the country’s development initiatives.

“Our quest for financial assistance began during the IMF and the World Bank Group Meetings in 2014 when my delegation met with one of the Vice-Presidents of the World Bank in Washington.

“The discussion we had followed by formal request by the Government to the Bank and we were grateful for the response obtained during our exchanges,” he recalled.

“I wish to confirm that this is an important and an urgent project that must be undertaken immediately.

“All necessary work on the part of the Government must be completed urgently, to ensure that smooth undertaking of the project be fully accomplished without further undue delay.

“I would therefore urge all development partners and stakeholders to work closely together for the smooth running of this project,” Finance Minister Maki Simelum stressed in his remarks during the signing ceremony in Port Vila, yesterday.

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32) Prioritise air safety: MP
The National, Friday June 5th, 2015

OPPOSITION leader Don Polye has called on the Government to prioritise aviation safety issues because it involves public safety.
He was commenting on yesterday’s front page story in The National about aviation safety in the country being compromised if a modernisation programme by the Air Services Limited to upgrade facilities is not completed.
The Government is expected to issue a statement today clarifying its position on the ASL funding issue.
Polye said the Pacific Games, Under-20 Women’s World Cup Soccer finals next year and APEC leaders meeting in 2018, would be held in the country and air safety should not be compromised.
“The safety of the travelling public in PNG is paramount,” he said.
“Aviation industry is a very delicate industry. There’s been a lot of concern about declining air safety standards.”
Polye said air accidents had become too frequent in the last 10 years.
“There is too much money being spent on unnecessary infrastructure and very little on air safety.”


33) Former New Hebrides police members claim Vt1.8 billion compensation

Posted: Saturday, June 6, 2015 1:00 pm

By Godwin Ligo

A Spokesperson for 307 former New Hebrides Police Force Members, whom he said have laid down their life in duties and loyalties, to help put down the 1980 rebellion, are still waiting for an answer to their compensation claims.

The Spokesperson who asked to remain unanimous, said the 307 former New Hebrides Police Members claims have been submitted to thirteen different Prime Ministers since after the 1980 Independence, but not one of them, has respond to their claims, the Spokesperson alleged.

“The claims from the 307 former New Hebrides Police Force Members are for injuries sustained during the 1980 rebellion and also for psychological effects, damage to their properties and other effects upon their lives including that of their families sustained during the 1980 rebellion,” the Spokesperson alleged.

He said without these former New Hebrides Police Force Members, it would have been difficult for the leaders that spearheaded the struggle for political independence to have launched out with the message of independence to the rural population as well as the urban population of the then New Hebrides and later Vanuatu and to gain the support of the majority of the population who stood up for independence.

“We believe that the Vt1.8 billion compensation claims by the 307 former New Hebrides Police members is justified and the government should respond to it and to meet the claims,” he said.

He said some of their members have passed away but the remaining members will continue to pursue their claims to the end for them and for their families and relatives.

“We believe this government will give consideration to the claims and look forward to an answer in due course,” he said.

He will not disclose it if some of them are still in active duties or that they may all have retired.Vanuatu Daily Post

34) Illegal migrants out

Monday, June 08, 2015

ABOUT 150 illegal immigrants have been deported out of Wutung border post in West Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea to Indonesia.

This was done on Thursday through a successful joint operation by PNG Customs Service, Foreign Affairs and Immigration, and Labour and Industrial Relations departments with the support of police and PNG Defence Force soldiers.

Customs confirmed the report but could not give further details.

Wutung Village councillor Raphael Tungla told the Post Courier the operation along the border resulted in the repatriation of 150 illegal immigrants, 12 of them women.

“These illegal immigrants have been working without proper working permits for an oil palm company in the province at the time of their deportation,” the councillor said.

Mr Tungla said these people were employed by the company at different times with the longest serving term of more than two years.

35) Killers kept in the dark

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, June 08, 2015

INMATES serving time for murder or manslaughter are kept in darkened cells and sleep on beds without proper blankets and pillows at the Lautoka Corrections Centre.

This was revealed by members of the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission who visited the prison facility last Friday.

Commission chairman Justice Mohammed Ajmeer said while they were guilty for their crimes, their human rights should not be violated in the process.

“For serious criminals like murderers they are kept in enclosed rooms which do not have much light in them,” he said.

“They are not provided with proper bedcovers, blankets and pillows.

“They don’t have proper ventilation coming into their rooms and it is unfortunate that they are in complete darkness all the time.”

He said other issues that were also brought up during the tour were prison maintenance and hygiene.

“In regards to their meals, the kitchen appears to be hygienic which is cleaned on a daily basis.

“They have dinner by 3.30pm and they (inmates) say the quality of the food is OK but the quantity is not enough and I think this is because of the current overcrowding within the prison.

“The corrections centre has been providing enough meals that is within their resources at this present time.

“But they have informed us that they will improve on these issues.”

The commission would be making recommendations to the Fiji Corrections Service following the tour.

FCS Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu said efforts were being made to address some of the issues brought up by the group.

He said upgrade works were being carried out at the prison facility.Fijitimes

36) Military draining Fiji economy – academic

8 June 2015

A regional security academic says the military in Fiji is a huge drain on the country’s economy but can’t see numbers being cut back in the near future.

Paul Sinclair spoke recently at a symposium held in Wellington on the New Zealand government’s review of its defence policy through the Defence White Paper and raised a number of issues around New Zealand’s relationship with the Pacific.

Mr Sinclair, who’s based at Victoria University’s Centre for Strategic Studies, says the 2005 draft Defence White Paper in Fiji actually proposed a considerable shrinking of the Fiji military.

“Regrettably that defence white paper was bitterly opposed by the Fiji military and it never made it out of the draft stage. One might conclude that it was one of the contributing factors in the coup that followed in 2006.”RNZI


37) University Of Fiji Hosts Climate And Energy Consultation
‘Global citizen project’ attracts ordinary citizen input

By Repeka Nasiko

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, June 8, 2015) – The University of Fiji hosted the country’s first ever World Wide Views consultation on climate and energy attracting a large number of ordinary people hoping to share their views on the climate change.

University of Fiji acting vice-chancellor Professor Narendra Reddy said the World Wide Views on Climate Change and Energy was an ambitious, global citizen participation project on global climate and energy policies and actions.

“It is happening in Fiji for the first time and we are proud to be part of this global endeavour,” he said.

“This event is targeting diverse Fiji citizens from an age of 18.

“This project will be conducted simultaneously worldwide and we will have Skype sessions with other participants from other countries.”

He said the WWViews method was a hybrid method based on several decades of innovation by the Danish Board of Technology Foundation (DBT).

“The regulation of technologies and environmental issues is increasingly coordinated through international negotiations and while experts, industry and strong interest groups and NGOs have found ways to influence and interact with such negotiations, lay citizens have practically no role in these processes.

“WWViews is a continuation of the on going efforts of DBT and partners in the alliance to promote and develop methods for involving citizens in political decision making processes.”

Chief guest principal agricultural officer West, Vinesh Kumar said climate change would make it more difficult to grow crops, raise animals, and catch fish.

“The effects of climate change also needs to be considered along with other evolving factors that affect agricultural production such as changes in farming practices and technology,” he said.

38) Solomons Told To Reduce Risk To Disaster
UNDP calling for them to be more proactive

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 8, 2015) – The UNDP is calling on the Solomon Islands government to be more proactive in its approach to Disaster Risk Reduction.

Its Pacific Risk Resilience initiative has just completed distributing fast growing seeds to remote communities in Temotu province, which was hit by Cyclone Pam in March.

The programme’s Adi Galokepoto says the seeds are a crucial part of the recovery but says there were lengthy delays getting them out to communities because no systems had been put in place.

She says such initiatives should be part of government budgeting and planning so there are funds and systems in place after disaster strikes.

Mrs Galokepoto says longer term crops now reaching the affected communities are being provided by villages on nearby islands that have applied disaster risk reduction practices to their farming.

Radio New Zealand International

39) More forest reserve

Luke Rawalai
Monday, June 08, 2015

MORE forest reserves are expected for the North as work on this issue has started with 37 landowning units in Cakaudrove and Macuata.

Secretariat of the Pacific Community Forestry specialist Jalesi Mateboto told participants at the Forest Conservation and Protected Area Management awareness program that the country had 16 forest reserves so far.

“We are trying to make landowners realise the importance of preserving these lands at the moment by having workshops and awareness programs,” he said.

“SPC only steps in as a partner for the Forestry Department in implementing the sixth component of the project which involves creating awareness to the community.

“We have identified potential forest reserves in the mountainous region between Cakaudrove and Macuata and it is very important that this land be reserved because they hold major water sources that sit on steep land which also means that if the forest is disturbed, water sources could get contaminated.”

Mr Mateboto said they started working closely with the 37 landowning units raising awareness to them of the importance of reserving forest land.

He added that the decision to proclaim these areas as reserved lands was a decision that could only be made by the landowners.

“The Forest Conservation project belongs to the Forestry Department and is funded by Government with a total funding of $30,000 this year,” he said.

“The forests currently logged this year are totally different from those being planned for reservation.

“The workshop focused on enlightening forest officers with how far work has progressed between SPC and landowners who will make the final important decision on whether to declare their lands as reserve lands or otherwise.”Fijitimes

40) New Climate Change Centre to be built in Samoa
– A new Regional Centre for Climate Change in the Pacific is to be set up in Samoa. It will be hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, SPREP, and the centre has won funding from Japan.


41) Axiom vs Sumitomo appeal ends in Solomons

8 June 2015

The Solomon Islands Court of Appeal is yet to release its judgment in relation to the ownership of high grade nickel deposits in the country’s Isabel Province.

The claimant is the Japanese mining giant Sumitomo which lost a long running court battle last year to the small Australian-owned Axiom Mining.

The appeal case concluded on Friday in Honiara, with the Court choosing to reserve its judgment until further notice.

Axiom meanwhile says its Isabel nickel project team is continuing with development activities which have revealed a larger and higher grade nickel deposit than initially predicted.

The Australian miner had previously said its operation was on track to go into full production by the end of the year.RNZI

42) Chinese companies make push for sensitive mining projects in PNG
By Online Editor
5:02 pm GMT+12, 07/06/2015, Papua New Guinea

A Chinese state-owned investment firm has lodged a compulsory acquisition notice for Australian-based mining company PanAust, which has assets in Papua New Guinea and Laos.

The notice, lodged with the Australian Stock Exchange, is the final step in a AUD$1.4 billion (US$1 billion) takeover bid for PanAust by Guandong Rising Asset Management (GRAM).

PanAust said GRAM would keep its Australian-based management and would take control of the Freida River project once the takeover process was complete, expected to be within six weeks.

The copper project sits in the headwaters of the Sepik River, which winds its way through 1,000 kilometres of jungle valleys and wetlands.

The Sepik River, one of the largest pristine river systems in the Asia-Pacific region, is home to hundreds of thousands of Papua New Guineans.

PNG’s Chamber of Mines executive director Greg Anderson said the takeover followed a worldwide trend of Chinese companies being the only ones with the financial muscle to push through with the acquisition.

“It is world-class project and raising the funds for it, particularly in the current market, would be extremely difficult,” Anderson said.

“They will have that capital so with the entry of the Chinese into the project it is far more likely that it will go ahead, certainly in the next five years or so.”

Dr Gavin Mudd, a lecturer in environmental engineering at Monash University and a director of the independent mining watch-dog the Minerals Policy Institute, said mining companies in Papua New Guinea did not have a good environmental record.

“Any impacts on the Sepik wouldn’t just impact people at the mine site up in the mountains, it would pretty much follow all the way right down to the coast,” he said.

“We need to be concerned about the volumes of water on-site, we need to be worried about the quality of that water, the chemistry of it, how much heavy metals are present and so on, risks such as acid mine drainage, how tailings are managed.”

PanAust director Paul Scarr said environmentalists had nothing to fear from the takeover.

“GRAM has been a cornerstone shareholder of PanAust since 2009,” Scarr said.

“During that period PanAust has received international recognition for its sustainability performance and that includes with respect to matters such as environmental management, local communities development, education and training.

“We certainly understand, and GRAM certainly understands, the sensitivities involved in this region, and they completely support PanAust’s goals in this respect to have no negative impact on the Sepik River.

“It is one of the great river systems of the world and we fully understand that.”

On the other side of PNG’s rugged mountain spine, Barrick Gold has just sold 50 per cent of its Porgera mine to leading Chinese company the Zerjin Mining Group.

It is hoped that partnership ship will help avoid some of the teething troubles suffered by China’s first PNG project, the Ramu nickel mine.

“I think the intention is that they will get to know PNG and get to know the project with the possibility that they might eventually take it over completely,” Anderson said.

“But it is a very good way to go through the PNG learning curve, to be partnered with a very experienced player like Barrick, so I think it is a good way to come into the country.”

Barrick has settled a class action brought by a group of women raped by security guards and police at Porgera, but the company still faces problems with human rights and illegal mining.

43) Talk Business DVD set launched to showcase Pacific agricultural trade successes
By Online Editor
5:00 pm GMT+12, 07/06/2015, Fiji

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has launched a DVD set of television documentaries showcasing the impact of the European Union-supported Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) Project.

The DVD set features 15 Talk Business episodes that document how enterprises in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Solomon Islands are benefitting from IACT, a project that is strengthening the export capacity of Pacific countries in the primary industries of agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and livestock.

The episodes highlight the progress brought to the enterprises and include the testimonies of beneficiaries, including farmers.

The DVD set was launched at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel by the head of the European Union Delegation for the Pacific, Ambassador Andrew Jacobs, SPC’s Deputy Director for Trade and Agribusiness Programme, Sairusi Bulai, and Fiji Television Limited’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Geoffery Smith.

The launch comes at a time of growing importance of strategic partnerships between development agencies and the media in communicating on-the-ground progress and impact in the Pacific.

“This Talk Business series enables the sharing of best practices through television and social media with people from as far as South Korea, Africa and Europe who can learn about agricultural practices in the Pacific,” Bulai said.

“The Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade project is an important part of the European Union’s effort to improve export capacity within the private sector.

It is a good example of what can be achieved through cooperation with the sector. We actively support enterprises that will help to create meaningful jobs for the people of the Pacific and help improve their livelihoods,” Ambassador Jacobs said.

The Talk Business show aired by Fiji Television Limited – along with SPC’s own show, The Pacific Way – has a strong following in Fiji, the Pacific and beyond, making it another ideal platform to raise awareness in taking agricultural businesses to the export level.

The launch coincided with the 2015 European Year of Development’s June theme – Sustainable Growth, Decent Jobs and Businesses.

44) Fiji’s Green Growth framework discussed at FAO meet in Rome
By Online Editor
4:54 pm GMT+12, 07/06/2015, Italy

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has presented the recently launched Green Growth Framework to the Food and Agriculture Organisation.

The Head of the Fijian Government is leading a delegation to the 39th FAO Conference currently underway in Rome, which gathers heads of states and governments, senior government officials, the private sector and civil society to look at ways of developing sustainable global food security.

At a side panel event designed to understand the impact of food security on small island developing states, the Prime Minister said that Fiji’s recently launched Green Growth Framework, a first for the South Pacific region, provides a “comprehensive initiative that gives us a blueprint for the sustainable development of our natural resources.”

Closely aligned to the principles of the FAO, Prime Minister Bainimarama said that the Framework guarantees the ability to produce safe, healthy affordable food for all Fijians at all times.

“To ensure we successfully meet this goal, we must focus on four key elements: expanding and maintaining the domestic capacity to produce enough food to feed our local population; diversifying our food production base to satisfy dietary needs; ensuring ease of access to food by maintaining the appropriate distributions systems that link people to markets; and monitoring the efficiency of farms to ensure competitive local produce prices for the benefit of ordinary Fijians.”

PM Bainimarama told international delegates that given Fiji’s geographical location, the Framework ensures that there is a balance between food security and sustainable development.

“Fiji has embraced the concept of Green Growth for a Blue Economy and that is only natural considering the prominence of marine resources for many ordinary Fijians in their everyday lives. For this reason we strongly support the proposed Sustainable Development Goal of the United Nations to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and other marine resources for sustainable development. This goal gives global recognition to and promotes the challenges all of us deal with as Pacific Small Island Developing States,” said Bainimarama.



45) 10 for Miss World Fiji

Talebula Kate
Monday, June 08, 2015

TEN young women have stamped their mark in contention for the Miss World Fiji 2015.

Castings for aspiring Miss World Fiji 2015 contestants were held yesterday at TappooCity where the top 10 were picked.

Member of the judges panel Lara Chung said they were really happy with the turnout.

“We had a really good turnout today; lots of beautiful young women showed up and we are very happy with the turnout.

“We’ve just picked the top 10,” Ms Chung said.

She said they were looking for the whole package when it came to looking for the top 10, because Miss World Fiji was about preparing someone for the international stage.

“We were looking for a girl that encompasses all the young women of Fiji; all their dreams and aspirations.

“We asked a lot of questions about their background and what they hope to achieve,” she said.

“It’s good to have a mix of girls up there showing the world what Fiji is about,” she said.

Ms Chung said the top 10 girls would go into a boot camp to prepare them for the week-long competition.

She said during the boot camp they would groom the top 10 in skin care, hair, how to look after themselves, diet, exercises, walking and poses.

“We’ve got lots of workshops coming up like acting, how to present themselves in front of the camera, on stage and how to speak,” she said.

Miss World Fiji will be held on July 20 -25 at The Pearl South Pacific Resort in Pacific Harbour.Fijitimes


46) PNG Hunters win six straight

8 June 2015

The Papua New Guinea Hunters rugby league team have beaten the Ipswich Jets 40-28 to extend their Queensland Cup winning streak to six matches.

Fullback Stargroth Amean crossed for the opening try, having recovered from a neck injury in the previous game against the Townsville Blackhawks, while captain Israel Eliab dotted down twice.

The Hunters ninth win in thirteen games draws them level with Wynnum-Manly and Ipswich on 20 points, two behind league leaders Townsville, but remain in fourth place on points differential.

This weekend’s home game against Souths Logan Magpies will be played under lights at the Sir John Guise Stadium, which will host the Pacific Games next month.RNZI

47) Pacific Games 2015: Papua New Guinea raise bar ahead of event with high performance program

Updated 8 June 2015, 9:10 AEST
By Richard Ewart in Port Moresby

When the Papua New Guinea team marches into the stadium at the climax of the 2015 Pacific Games opening ceremony on July 4, it will not only be the largest team to ever represent the country, but also one of the most prepared.

From unpromising beginnings 18 months ago, PNG established its own high performance program and the impact has been dramatic.

The manager of the program is Australian volleyball player and coach Aaron Alsop, who has a long association with PNG.

He first offered his services in his own sport at the Pacific Mini Games in 2013, where PNG struck gold.

The national Olympic Committee was impressed and offered Alsop the much bigger role of leading PNG’s preparations for their home games this year and something special emerged.

“We began with an empty warehouse, and within three-and-a-half months, thanks to the efforts of many PNG people, it was transformed into the country’s first High Performance Centre (HPC),” Alsop said.

“Now we’re working with around 1,000 athletes a week in 28 sports, as well as 150 coaches and managers.”

It’s about capacity building, about giving local people skills that they in turn can pass on to others.

PNG high performance manager, Aaron Alsop

It is not an example of fly-in, fly-out assistance being offered by a developed country, this is about building capacity so sport in PNG can continue to grow, long after the games are over.

“The HP program is not just about the games, it’s about capacity building, about giving local people skills that they in turn can pass on to others,” Alsop said.

“And the focus is not just on Port Moresby, we want to look after the regions too, and ensure that the legacy continues, with or without overseas assistance.

“We want to get away from the idea that Pacific Island athletes just turn up, put their shoes on and play.”

The high performance program is making a significant difference in five key areas.

HPC used to monitor athletes

The HPC is a focal point for the PNG Pacific Games team, and keeps a close eye on what the athletes are doing.

In the past there was no way of knowing what athletes were up to, when they were training, even where they were.

They had none of the benefits of sports science, no medical support and it is estimated 90 per cent of the team had never seen a gym.

The HPC is a place where the athletes can come for testing, physio, rehab and strength and conditioning training.

It is not about controlling the athletes, it’s about adding value and assisting national coaches to achieve what they want to achieve.

Relationship building crucial

Before the HPC even got off the ground, the concept had to be explained.

The aim was to establish systems tailor made for PNG athletes and coaches, rather than simply copy another country’s program.

Lots of consultation and lots of idea sharing ensured there was a shared vision.

The HPC offers athletes assistance in a whole range of areas where there was little or nothing before: nutrition, psychology, counselling, video analysis and coach education.

Building discipline and professionalism

Before the HPC opened, most of PNG’s elite athletes never considered what they were eating or whether hydration was important.

Warm up and recovery protocols were not part of their routine.

The aim is to teach good systems, and there are no compromises, otherwise the formula breaks down.

Photo: Pacific Games athletes train at the High Performance Centre in Port Morseby. (Richard Ewart)

“Often people say Pacific Islands athletes don’t worry about this sort of stuff,” Alsop said.

“But the athletes I’m working with are excited about being part of the program and what it could mean for their results, and we’ve done all this in barely 18 months.”

It is still unclear what the future holds for the HPC after the Pacific Games.

There is funding for six more months, but Alsop is confident feedback from coaches, managers and athletes will ensure that it continues long after that with either government funding or corporate support.

He said he remained calm as the games approached.

“I’m not under pressure, I’m excited, and I wouldn’t have taken on the challenge if I didn’t believe it could make some difference,” he said.

“I hope we are actually taking pressure off the athletes by shifting their focus to the process, rather than the outcome.”

Regardless of how many gold medals the team manages to win, Alsop believes this is just the start of putting more PNG athletes, coaches and sports scientists on to the world stage.ABC

48) Six Solomon islanders allowed to train worldwide ahead of Rio 2016
By Online Editor
8:21 pm GMT+12, 07/06/2015, Solomon Islands

Six athletes from the Solomon Islands will be allowed to train anywhere in the world ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, National Olympic Committee of Solomon Island (NOCSI) President Martin Rura has announced.

Following a meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach at the recent Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) Annual General Meeting in the Fijian capital of Suva, Rura confirmed that their athletes would be able to use either regional facilities or training centres further abroad.

The proposal was approved by the IOC and it is hoped the announcement will help the athletes in their preparations for the Olympic Games.

“We have sent a proposal to the IOC for our athletes to prepare in any country towards the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” Rura told SIBC Sports.

“The total entries sent was six athletes and IOC has approved them to train in any training institute we deemed fit and it is prepared to fund the training, whether at any regional institution or any institution outside the country.”

Rura also revealed that the IOC have agreed to help the NOCSI in the construction of a new office building in the region as they are currently renting office space and don’t yet have their own home.

“Concerning a home for NOCSI it is a long time cry for sports in the Solomon Islands and currently NOCSI is paying very high rentals in terms of office space, but having this initiative IOC has accepted to help us in terms of having a home for NOCSI, which sports people in the country are looking forward to and to welcome that assistance,” he added.

The Solomon Islands have competed at every Summer Olympic Games since the 1988 event in Seoul, and they sent a team of four athletes to London 2012.

Chris Walasi represented the country in the men’s 100 metres, Pauline Kwalea competed in the women’s 100m, Tony Lomo participated in the judo competition.

Weightlifter Jenly Tegu Wini completed the Solomon Island’s squad.


Historic win “still sinking in” for Fiji footballers– Fiji admit their historic 3-0 win over Honduras at the Under 20 Football World Cup is still sinking in. Goals from Iosefo Verevou, Saula Waqa and this second half own goal gave the Melanesian minnows their first victory in just their second match at a FIFA tournament.

49) Tuvalu Boxing Federation names athletes for Pacific Games

By Online Editor
8:29 pm GMT+12, 07/06/2015, Tuvalu

The Tuvalu Boxing Federation has selected five boxers to represent the island nation at the upcoming 15th Pacific Games next month in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Coach and Team manager Jack Taleka said the five boxers were the only ones that registered their  interest to compete for the regional Games.

“These five boxers have been camping and training for almost three months and are ready for the game.”

The boxers are Maola Selava, Javin Telakau, Dave Eti, Lemoe Fagalele and Tapaeko Mika.

“They will be accompanied by trainer Likilua Uepa and myself,” Taleka added.

The five boxers will compete in different weight categories at the competition.

“Prior to our departure for the Pacific Games, we will be organising national exhibitions to test the skills and techniques of our five boxers,” said Taleka.

“These athletes are very enthusiastic and determined and to my own observation, they are ready. I am satisfied with their performance, although there is room for more improvement.”

“After PNG, we will continue to train these boxers and invite more people to join, said Taleka.

Meanwhile, the Tuvalu Pacific Games Organizing committee is calling for public support towards the team’s fundraising activities.

Team Tuvalu is raising funds to assist the team as they prepare for the Pacific Games in July this year.

Acting Chef de Mission, Uatea Vave said the committee is inviting members of the public to take part in the fundraising and support the team.

Despite government financial support, the team needs more money to look after the 100 plus athletes that will represent the island nation in in Papua New Guinea.


50a) Souths smash NZ Warriors

Monday, June 08, 2015

Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire refused to label the performance his side’s best of the year, but was clearly delighted with their form.

“I’m pleased with the way we played,” Maguire said.

“Our completion rates were high and that creates opportunity.

“The way we defended was a step-up from where we’ve been but we need to make sure we’re improving on that as a team once again.”

“We’re growing as a team and there’s a lot of footy to be played.”

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden was brutally honest about where the result leaves his team at the halfway stage of the season.

“It was obviously pretty ordinary to be fair. I thought the opposition were pretty good and we were pretty poor,” he said.

“It was an opportunity for us tonight to come up against a very good side and make our mark on our season and we fell short tonight. I guess it’s a bit of a reality check.”

50b) Jamaicans sweeps netball MVP awards

Monday, June 08, 2015

SYDNEY – Prolific Jamaican shooters Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Romelda Aiken have swept the MVP honours in the trans-Tasman netball competition.

There were two awards for the first time in the eight-season history of the competition, reflecting the new format which has the ten teams split into separate Australian and New Zealand conferences. The Australian Conference award went to Queensland Firebirds stalwart Aiken who shared the inaugural MVP title in 2008 with defender Sonia Mkoloma and won it outright the following year.

The New Zealand conference winner was her compatriot and Steel shooter Fowler-Reid, who won the MVP in 2013, her first year in the competition.

Both Jamaicans scored over 500 goals for a third consecutive season and are second and third in goals scored this year behind the Fever’s Australian Diamonds star Caitlin Bassett.

Fowler-Reid, 25, bagged 549 goals at 86.7 per cent with 26-year-old Aiken tallying 522 at 81.6 per cent They are the league’s two leading rebounders with 196cm Aiken a runaway leader in that category with 97 and 198cm Fowler-Reid next best on 58.

“I was in tears because I wasn’t expecting anything like this,” Aiken told AAP.

“It’s great to see all the hard work that I’ve put in definitely pays off in the end.”

50c) NSW Swifts beat West Coast Fever

Monday, June 08, 2015

The in-form NSW Swifts have ended their run of finals outs in the trans-Tasman netball competition with a 60-53 Australian conference elimination final win over finals debutants West Coast Fever.

The Swifts trailed early at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on Friday, but their starting seven composed entirely of Test players, just edged ahead in the middle quarters against a Fever team contesting their first final.

NSW had lost all four of its finals matches since winning the 2008 title, but appear to be hitting top form at the right time this year.

The Swifts are unbeaten in their last eight, having won seven and drawn one and travel to Brisbane to play Queensland Firebirds in the Australian conference final on Sunday.

It was a disappointing end to the season for the Fever, who lost four of their last five games after leading the Australian conference for much of the campaign through a nine-match start to the season.

The Swifts had a host of impressive players headlined by near faultless shooters, Caitlin Thwaites (32/34) and Susan Pettitt (28/29).

The Fever, who included former Swifts Ashleigh Brazill and April Letton in their starting seven, led by a couple of goals early on and never gave up.

The first quarter was a classic nip and tuck goal for goal affair that finished 13-all, with neither team leading by more than two at any stage.

It featured an aerial collision between Swifts goalkeeper Sharni Layton and Fever centre Shae Brown, which left the defender winded.

Big defensive plays by impressive midcourters Jade Clarke and Paige Hadley helped the home team build a seven goal lead in the second quarter, though it was cut to five by half-time.

Swifts captain and wing attack Kimberlee Green, who went into the game under a fitness cloud, was replaced after half-time by Stephanie Wood.

Losing their midcourt veteran did not hurt the Swifts’ flow and while the Fever got within three goals in the third quarter, they trailed by five at the final break, despite not missing a shot in the term.

They could not get the deficit below four in the final period despite the efforts of shooters Caitlin Bassett (37/40) and Natalie Medhurst (16/18).

50d) Germany maintains winning run in NZ

Monday, June 08, 2015

Honduras are all but out of the FIFA U20 World Cup after losing 5-1 to Germany.

The European champions endured the odd nervy moment but were ultimately comfortable winners in a match that maintained their 100 per cent record at New Zealand 2015.

Honduras could still theoretically advance but would require Hungary to beat Nigeria by an unlikely nine-goal margin.

Having lost to Fiji, the Hondurans always knew that it would be a tall order to revive their hopes against the tournament’s highest scorers.

It was to the Central Americans’ credit, though, that at no stage did they raise the white flag or cease in their attempts to put pressure on the Germany goal. They caused plenty of problems, in fact, and were level just 17 minutes later. Bryan Rochez, the team’s star player, climbed well to meet a Kevin Lopez cross and though his header cracked against the post, it rebounded back into the net off the back of the diving Marvin Schwabe.

Rochez almost scored again soon afte.

Germany retook the lead. Stendera was the architect with a great through ball and Julian Brandt responded with a lovely finish, casually lofting the ball over the advancing Roberto Lopez and into the roof of the net.

The Germans then moved out of sight 12 minutes later when Grischa Proemel found the bottom corner with a low and accurate side-foot effort from 20 yards.


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