Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1107 ( Thursday 25 June 2015 )

MELANESIA

1a) MSG Leaders Summit Opens in Honiara

By Online Editor
00:06 am GMT+12, 24/06/2015, Solomon Islands

Leaders of Melanesia were today welcomed to their 21st summit in Honiara, capital with the traditional welcome ceremony of ‘chupu’, a presentation of food, fruits, betel-nut and root-crops as well as a pig.

Some young dancers from four provinces in the Solomon Islands comprising both men and women lightly clad in grass or sack coverings, face painted and armed with clubs and spears also put up lively cultural performances as part of the opening ceremony, held in the closed grounds of the Solomon Islands Museum in the island’s capital.

The performers were among a small group of locals invited to be part of the opening ceremony of the MSG Leaders’ Summit. A larger crowd watched from the distance, separated from the Museum grounds by a metal fence. A traditional leader of Guadalcanal, the island and province that hosts Honiara, Paul Tovua spoke in both his language and in English to welcome the MSG leaders. He also presented the chupu to each of the five Melanesian leaders.

First Secretary at the Fijian High Commission in PNG, Vilitati Mataitini received the chupu gifts on behalf of the Melanesian leaders.

Only two heads of government in the Melanesian Spearhead Group attended the opening of the Leaders Summit today. These are the Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama and summit host, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Their Papua New Guinea counterpart Peter O’Neill was a no show, represented instead by his Works Minister Ben Micah. The word in Honiara is that O’Neill would arrive on Thursday, in time for the Leaders’ retreat that would be held inside the Heritage Park Hotel in the capital. He is reportedly officiating in the inaugural Port Moresby to Port Vila (Vanuatu) direct flight today by his national airliner Air Niugini.

O’Neill is also expected to be chief guest at the opening of his country’s new chancery on Friday that was recently built and ready to be used not far from the main government buildings in Honiara.

Legal challenges in Vanuatu also prevented the country’s new Prime Minister Sato Kilman from joining his MSG counterparts this week. He is instead being represented by the Director General in the Prime Minister’s Office Johnson Naviti. Kanaky leader Victor Tutugoro is representing New Caledonia’s Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS), the fifth member of the MSG.

In welcoming his fellow Melanesian leaders, Sogavare seemed to rally support for the people of West Papua although he never mentioned them by name, but he did meet the delegation from West Papua after the opening ceremony, shaking hands and having their photos taken together. He neither made mention of Indonesia as well, which is already an observer member of the MSG.

All he said was that all eyes would be on Honiara this week, and that “the world is watching us “and eagerly anticipating what the outcome will be when we deliberate on the application for new membership to the MSG.

“Let us not forget the dreams and wishes of our people to be part of our Melanesian family; the desire of our people for an inclusive MSG. As a matter of fact the deliberations on these applications will test our commitment to a caring, progressive, peaceful and inclusive MSG.

“It will also test our commitment to the basic principles of human rights and rule of law as embedded in the United Nation Charters, which the MSG as members of the United Nations subscribe to. It is a test of our genuineness to solve a problem between two next door neighbours in the interest of regional peace and stability. Ultimately, it is a test to our claim to civilization and good corporate citizens of planet earth.”

In what was a fiery speech punctuated by applause from the audience, Prime Minister Sogavare who as host assumes the chairmanship role of the MSG also raised caution on plans by the MSG to launch some regional initiatives. He didn’t name what these initiatives were, but said they should only be done when time was right.

“During the opening of the 5th MSG Police Commissioners Conference in Honiara last month, I reiterate that it would be a grave mistake for us to rely solely on regional strategy in order to achieve our aims and objectives when we are yet to strengthen our domestic capacity. We must not sacrifice our domestic resources at the expense of meeting regional strategy.

“We can only move forward towards supporting a regional initiative when we are ready at the right time. This is because doing so would be like putting the cart before the horse. Therefore, it is important that in considering any new initiatives and programmes under the MSG, we must not duplicate the role of other regional organisations in the Pacific. Let us complement the work of other regional organisations for the benefit of our peoples.”

Leaders have finished for the day and the Summit would resume tomorrow with their traditional retreat before they hold their plenary on the final day on Friday. Main item on the agenda is the applications by Indonesia to be upgraded to “associate member” and by the United Liberation Movement of West Papua to become a full member.

Also expected to be on the agenda of the Leaders are plans to form Melanesian Solutions, the business arm of the MSG, and adoption of the organisation’s next 25-year strategic plan.

Solomon Islands’ chairmanship of the MSG would last until the next Leaders Summit in two years time.

SOURCE: PACNEWS

1b) Solomons says yes to Indonesia, West Papua membership

By Online Editor
00:04 am GMT+12, 24/06/2015, Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands says it will support Indonesia’s bid to become an associate member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group in return to giving the United Liberation Movement of West Papua observer membership of the sub-regional bloc.

Peter Shanel Agovaka, Minister of Police, National Security and Correctional Services of Solomon Islands offered the compromise at the MSG Foreign Ministers Meeting that his government is hosting in the island capital Honiara this week.

The difficulty, according to Minister Agovaka is the decision taken in 2012 by MSG Leaders to remove the requirement that any member seeking associate membership of the group must first serve at least five years as an observer. That new rule also included a provision that any new observer application must have the endorsement of its ‘administering power.’

“We believe this is an important criterion that was removed. This is because we need to be able to work closely with an Observer and that it must be able to display that it abides by all the decisions of the MSG within the given timeframe. That change already been made, Solomon Islands firmly believes that the imbalance caused by a decision in the past can only be best rectified by reviewing the criteria where an application for Observership needs to have the support of the Administering power,” said Minister Agovaka, who is Solomon Islands Head of Delegation to the MSG Foreign Affairs Meeting since his Foreign Affairs counterpart, Milner Tozaka has assumed the chairmanship of the meeting.

“Solomon Islands strongly urges that since we have revised the criteria for Associate Membership, we must seriously consider removing the prerequisite for Observer applicants to MSG. Based on this we can consider admitting Indonesia to be an Associate Member based on the revised criteria in 2012, while we also consider allowing ULMWP to be an Observer in the MSG. Then and only then we realise a balance in the criterion applicable for membership application for the two categories of membership in our group.”

That 2012 decision to remove the 5-year minimum requirement and add the ‘administering power’s endorsement’ was done during Fiji’s chairmanship of the MSG.

Minister Agovaka’s proposed way out of the thorny issue of upgrading Indonesia’s membership of the MSG from observer to associate member comes in the wake of a call by his Foreign Affairs counterpart for the need to stick by the age old rule of the 26 year old body of consensus decision making.

“An issue discussed by Senior Officials last week and which will be before us to consider are the applications for different categories of membership to the MSG, said Solomon Islands foreign minister and chair of FOMM of the MSG, Milner Tozaka.

“I note there is great interest in our countries, the region on this issue. However, as all of you know, according to the Establishment Agreement of the MSG, decisions are based on consensus. This means nothing is agreed unless everyone agrees. To this end, I hope that when we discuss this issue, we will be guided by wisdom and that whatever recommendation we submit to our Leaders for their ultimate decision is one that is balanced and sound.

“The world will be watching and our people will be listening and watching with a lot of anticipation,” chairman Tozaka added. It’s not clear whether the Solomon Islands’ proposal as outlined by Minister Agovaka has been adopted by the Foreign Ministers, who began their meeting in the conference room of the luxurious Heritage Park Hotel in downtown Honiara.

An option the ministers have would be to defer a decision on this to their leaders who will begin their biennial summit with a retreat on Thursday. Expected to join host and summit chairman Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare from today would be his Fijian counterpart, Frank Bainimarama.

The participation of Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Sato Kilman is unknown given that the legal status of his government was the subject of an urgent petition at the Vanuatu Supreme Court today.

The other MSG Leader, Prime Minister Peter O’Neil of Papua New Guinea is expected to fly into Honiara in his official jet aircraft early on Wednesday, in time for the opening of the MSG Summit .

Security around the Summit venue has been stepped up with members of the Royal Solomon Islands Police maintaining a 24-hour watch. Officials also confirmed that the traditional retreat of the leaders, initially planned to be held at an outlying island in Solomons’ central province has been scrapped and leaders will just hold this inside the Heritage Park Hotel.

Meanwhile director general of the MSG Peter Forau has confirmed that plans to establish an MSG police peacekeeping force has hit a snag over the group’s consensus decision-making rule.

In delivering his annual report to his foreign ministers, Director General Forau said some members have expressed some reservations about the proposal. He did not name who these members were. In keeping with the consensus rule of the MSG, the proposed peacekeeping force would only be launched once all members agree, he added.

In briefing local and overseas journalists who are covering the MSG Summit last week, Director General Forau confirmed that Fiji because of its experience in peacekeeping operations with the United Nations is leading plans to form the force.

He also confirmed that Indonesia has offered US$500,000 for the construction of an MSG Police Force Academy in Fiji.

SOURCE: PACNEWS

1c ) PNG PM Supports West Papua Participation In MSG
O’Neill: Representation must be by ‘elected leaders’

By Isaac Nicholas

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 24, 2015) – West Papua will have a seat in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) but must have mandated leaders representing them.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said this before leaving for the Solomon Islands tomorrow to attend the MSG Leaders Summit to discuss among other issues the representation of West Papua on MSG.

“We welcome the participation of West Papuans to MSG. That’s what we are trying to facilitate. What we are trying to do is, find what is the right organisation that is going to represent the West Papuans at MSG?

“They must be elected, they must be mandated, they must be properly appointed to participate. We cannot have anybody coming off the street to say I represent West Papuans.

“We have to do it properly, in an orderly manner that we want to allow our brothers and sisters from West Papua to participate.

“Nobody is trying to deny them a seat on the table, we all want them to sit there, just like we have done with the Kanaks in New Caledonia. We must have a structure that is going to do so,” Mr O’Neill said.

“My discussion with the president of Indonesia recently was very simple, there are five Papuan elected Governors in five provinces representing 11 million people.

“These are elected leaders, they are West Papuans, and not Javanese or other race therefore, they can represent West Papua on MSG.

“We will discuss it with other leaders, we are open-minded to this arrangement and we will make decisions that is consistent with what we have said before. The Kanaks is a very good example, we can use that as a basis of which we would allow our West Papuan Leaders to participate,” Mr O’Neill said.

PNG Post-Courier

2) Solomons Police Ban Alcohol During MSG Leaders Summit
Officer remain hopeful residents to remain supportive

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 24, 2015) – Solomon Islands police have put in place a liqour ban for the duration of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders summit.

Solomon Islands Police put on public order management demonstration at GBR RAMSI base.

All liquor outlets have been closed and black market areas are being patrolled by police.

Police says they are also concerned about unregistered groups gathering in support of the West Papuans, who have formally applied for MSG membership.

Senior police officers say people under the influence of liquor could be more expressive of their views which could spark problems.

However they remain optimistic that Honiara residents will remain supportive of their Melanesian leaders gathering on home ground.

Radio New Zealand International

3) PNG offers to host ninth ACP summit
By Online Editor
8:30 pm GMT+12, 23/06/2015, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea has offered to host the next leader’s summit for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states next year.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made the offer when addressing the ACP group of ambassadors in Brussels, Belgium.

Prior to delivering his address, O’Neill met with the ACP secretary-general Patrick Gomes and discussed several of the more challenging issues facing ACP countries.

He concluded his address to the ambassadors by stating that PNG is willing to host the ninth ACP leaders summit that had originally been intended to take place in the Caribbean.

“As part of our commitment to the ACP group, our Government will work closely with the ACP secretary-general and the Committees of Ambassadors in order to undertake and participate in this event.

“Papua New Guinea is also going to be the host of a number of high level regional and global leaders meetings in the coming years.

“This will include the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting in September this year and the APEC Leaders Summit in November 2018.

“Our Government has the necessary capacity and the logistical support that is required to welcome the Leaders, and we are committed to delivering a very successful summit.”

He said, the Government of Papua New Guinea will await a response to the offer to host the summit.

He said the broad range of ACP countries have a wealth of knowledge and experience that is required for developing economies to confront shared challenges, and he said Papua New Guinea has an important role to play in that process.

“The challenge for Papua New Guinea is the same for many of the member countries, to add more midstream and downstream value to our national resources,” O’Neill said to the group.

“Another focus of our Government that is shared with ACP countries is how we can deal with cross-border issues that have a devastating impact on our people and their lives.

“Such issues like the effect of climate change and pandemic diseases are areas that are of great concern to our nation and the ACP community,” he said.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS

POLYNESIA

4) Cooks Govt looks to cut income tax

24 June 2015

The Cook Islands Government says it is looking at reducing income tax.

The Finance Minister, Mark Brown, says amendments to the Income Tax Act passed last week means the Government won’t “double-dip” by taxing trustees and beneficiaries of trusts.

He says income tax will be reduced in a considered manner, and a person earning $26,000 a year will receive a reduction of their tax burden by $150 on January the 1st next year and a further $75 the following year.RNZI

5) $62m for port

Talamua Online
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

APIA – A $US30million ($F62m) project for the Enhancement of Safety of the Apia Port was signed on Monday between Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and the Ambassador of Japan to Samoa, Kazumasa Shibuta.

The notes lay out the conditions for a Japan funded project titled, “The Project for the Enhancement of Safety of the main Apia Port at Matautu-tai”.

The Apia Port is the most important social and economic infrastructure in the country because approximately 97 percent of the foreign trade cargoes of the country are handled at the port.

The project will see major reconstruction on the port to improve safety and enhance the capacity of the wharf.

It will be implemented in conformity with the Strategy of Development of Samoa that lists “boosting productivity for sustainable development” as a priority.

The present condition of the port makes it susceptible to a range of problems such as low level safety for ships mooring to the berth.

6) Bail conditions remain for 3 accused of cyber-crime offences in Samoa
By Online Editor
4:54 pm GMT+12, 22/06/2015, Samoa

Chief Justice Patū Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu has ordered the two men and a woman accused of an alleged pyramid money making scheme to continue on the bail conditions set down by the Court four weeks ago.

This was after defence counsel Leota Raymond Schuster verbally sought the Court’s indulgence in reducing the conditions.

Bail conditions include surrendering of all travel documents and for the trio to sign in at the police station twice a week.

Chief Justice Patū informed Leota to make an application to the Court, but until then, the bail condition remains.

The matter was adjourned to Monday for the Court to rule on the name suppression order and for prosecution to finalize the charges.

However, prosecution asked for another adjournment as there are additional charges yet to be finalized.

“With reluctance I have to adjourn this matter again to next Monday for prosecution to lodge, finalize and serve the additional charges to the defence,” said CJ Patū.

One of the defendant’s shook his head in disappointment and the defence counsel asked for court time this week.

CJ Patū said his schedule is tight but emphasized to prosecution that this would be the final adjournment.

“If this matter is called again and prosecution has not finalize the charges, the Court will go ahead with information already before the Court,” said His Honour.

An interim suppression order for the publication of the trio’s name was also emphasized by CJ Patu.

The trio was arrested at the airport last month as they were preparing to leave Samoa.

SOURCE: TALAMUA ONLINE/PACNEWS

7) French Polynesia’s Flosse sentenced in espionage case

By Online Editor
11:56 pm GMT+12, 23/06/2015, French Polynesia

French Polynesia’s former president Gaston Flosse has been found guilty of abusing public funds but acquitted of violating privacy in a long-running espionage case against him.

The criminal court in Papeete rejected that his intelligence service, which ran between 1997 and 2004, invaded the privacy of rival politicians, journalists and others.

But Flosse was found guilty of abusing US$10 million of public funds by running a spy agency out the presidency office.

He has been sentenced to an 18-month suspended jail term, to pay US$19,000 and is ineligible to hold public office for two years.

A former journalist and politician Sabrina Birk, who says she was spied on, says she’s not satisfied with the outcome of the case.

“He can file an appeal to this. And it will go higher. And he will not be condemned for it, he will not have to pay back the people for the money that he used to listen to our phonecalls. This is why I am still upset because I believe Gaston Flosse should be condemned,” said Birk

SOURCE: RNZI/PACNEWS

8) Cook Islanders hit out at NZ MP over pension bill

Updated at 1:45 pm on 23 June 2015

A Cook Islander has accused the New Zealand National MP Alfred Ngaro of voting against his own people, after the passing of the Social Assistance Bill.

New Zealand has now changed the superannuation rules for people in the realm countries – the Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue.

Mr Ngaro, the first Cook Islander elected to the New Zealand Parliament, says the new law allows people to move back after 55 and then collect the pension once they turn 65.

The Cook Islands Prime Minister says he wanted more and says the rule that people have to spend five years over the age of 50 in New Zealand should be waived.

A veteran superannuation campaigner, Les Priest, says if Mr Ngaro supported the amendment to waive the rule, there could have been a different outcome.

He says New Zealand will have to provide people over 50 with health and social services while in New Zealand and the rule simply doesn’t make sense.RNZI

MICRONESIA


9) Nauru Government order extra police to secure Parliament
By Online Editor
5:27 pm GMT+12, 23/06/2015, Nauru

The Government of Nauru has ordered extra police to secure any threat of further disruptions, following Tuesday’s riots outside Parliament House.

In a statement the government said however, there have been more attempts to destabilise the Government with the suspended MPs again using the foreign media to spread lies and mistruths.

Unfortunately some of these media outlets are giving airtime to Opposition MPs even after they engaged in criminal activities, which is shameful.

Suspended MP Mathew Batsiua was arrested on Tuesday and charged. Claims that he was entrapped into a false meeting with the president are false.

Batsiua was involved in a riot, had breached parliament and took part in criminal activities.

The Government can confirm Roland Kun was asked to deplane from an outbound flight following a police investigation into his alleged involvement in Tuesday’s riot. Kun was fleeing the scene of a crime before authorities tracked him down and confiscated his passport, it said.

Kun will have his passport returned if he is found not to have broken the law.

The Opposition is trying to score political points out of the incident which is a disgrace. It was a blatant criminal act in which ten police officers were hurt and needed medical treatment.

The Nauruan Government makes no apology for upholding law and order when its people are in danger and will continue to do everything it can to ensure such violence doesn’t happen again.

Meanwhile, six police officers with varying injuries from cuts requiring stitches, bruising, bites and minor head injuries from rocks and punches were treated at Republic of Nauru Hospital following the riots last Tuesday.

Two police officers had chest injuries and a number of others needed pain relief for musculo-skeletal pain and headaches. A few collapsed due to dehydration related to extreme exertion and heat exhaustion. All were treated & discharged.

SOURCE: NAURU GOVT/PACNEWS

10) Nauru Government confirms bail refused for two opposition MPs
By Online Editor
5:24 pm GMT+12, 23/06/2015, Nauru

Two opposition MPs in Nauru have been refused bail following their arrest over last week’s anti-government protests.

Sprent Dabwido and Squire Jeremiah were told by the court they would be remanded in custody until 02 July.

Last week’s protests were in response to corruption allegations against president Baron Waqa and justice minister David Adeang.

Another suspended MP, Mathew Batsiua, has also been charged over the protests but is not in custody.

Lockley Denuga, who was one of the protesters, told Pacific Beat the court order is “a delaying tactic” by the government.

“There is no separation between justice and politics,” he said.

“Whoever is presiding is obviously scared of the government, wouldn’t bother to hear the other side as well. We have no justice here.”

Waqa and Adeang are accused of taking bribes from an Australian company buying phosphate.

The government denies the allegations. The ABC has requested an interview with a representative of the government but no-one has come forward.

SOURCE: ABC/PACNEWS

AUSTRALIA

11) Tiwi Islands start to stockpile woodchips at Port Melville for export to Asian paper mills

Updated 24 June 2015, 12:50 AEST
Matt Brann

The first truckloads of woodchips from the Tiwi Islands of the Northern Territory are being stockpiled at Melville Port for export to Asia later next month.

The historic first harvest of Acacia mangium trees started yesterday in front of a large crowd of locals excited to see the project up and running.

“I’m really proud and it’s really important for our people to see this [harvest], especially the young people, because we need to get them off welfare and get a job,” Tiwi elder Gibson Farmer Illortaminni said.

Plantation Management Partners managing director Glen Samsa said now that the harvest had started, it should take around 30 days to accumulate enough woodchips for the first shipment.

“It’ll depend on the size of that vessel, but we’re looking at one vessel taking about 40,000 green metric tonnes,” he told ABC Rural.

“So we’re expecting a vessel to come in and receive woodchips towards the end of July end of August, that’s the plan.

“We’re speaking to a number of customers at the moment and the [first] vessel is likely to go to Japan or China.

“It’ll take about four or five days for us to fill that vessel and then about 10 days to get to the destination.

“The pulp mills over there [in Asia] tend to be right next to port facilities, so the woodchips will go straight to a stockpile ready to be turned into paper.”

The ships will be loaded at Port Melville on the Aspley Strait which has been in the media in recent months after it was revealed the port had opened despite no formal environmental impact assessments from either the Northern Territory or Commonwealth governments.

Mr Samsa said the debate that followed caused some last minute hurdles for the Tiwi’s forestry project.

“It did [have an impact] and any negativity can affect us, we were in the midst of having negotiations with financiers and it did stall those negotiations,” he said.

“However we always felt during that process that we had the appropriate approvals to export woodchip, so we worked through that with our financiers and as a result we were able to close the finance.

“So we’re now going to go hell-for-leather, the wet season is coming and we need to get as many vessels out as we can.

“We’ve budgeted on about four vessels [loaded in 2015] and hoping to do five.”

It is hoped the sale of woodchips will generate around $140 million over the next five years and create up to 100 jobs for Tiwi people.ABC

TOK PISIN

12) Melanesian Spiahed Miting istat long Solomon Islands

Updated 24 June 2015, 14:11 AEST
Sam Seke

Solomon Islands Praim Minista Manasseh Sogavare ibin opim despla miting tede long moning

Odio: Deli Oso, Press Secretary blong Solomon Islands Praim Minista i toktok.
Odio: Patrick Kaiku, wanpla lecturer long University blong PNG itoktok wantem Caroline Tiriman

Praim Minista Manasseh Sogavare blong Solomon Islands ibin mekim strongpela toktok long Melanesian Spearhead Group long oli imas noken lus tingting long ol as tingting long oli kirapim dispela grup.

Praim Minista Manasseh Sogavare i mekim dispela toktok taim em i oficially openim miting blong ol MSG lida long Honiara tede long moning.

Olgeta lida blong Papua New Guinea, Fiji na ol Kanak blong New Caledonia – na sampela we i makim tu gavman blong Vanuatu, Indonesia na ol West Papua i stap tu long seremoni tede.

Press Secretary blong Solomon Islands Praim Minista, Deli Oso i tok Praim Minista Sato Kilman blong Vanuatu em ino kam long miting blong ol MSG lida.

Ms Oso i tok ol lida blong West Papua i bin givim tok hamamas igo long Praim Minista Sogavare long  toktok blongen  we i makim filing oa tingting blong ol.

Na nau igat askim igo long ol lida blong Melanesia long  imas luksave long moa long 500 tausan pipal em oli dai pinis long han blong Indonesia na larim oli kamap full memba blong Melanesian Spearhead Grup.

Ol  Civil Society grup long Papua New Guinea husat isave sapotim ol pipal blong West Papua i mekim despla toktok bihaenim wanpla mas em oli bin mekim igo long Palaman haus long Mande.

Planti NGO grup long Fiji, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Australia, Vanuatu na ol narapla kantri long wold i sapotim despla askim blong West Papua blong joinim MSG.

Patrick Kaiku, wanpla lecturer long University blong PNG ibin stap long despla march na emi tokim Radio Australia  olsem oli bin karim ol cofin tu long despla march.ABC

13a ) Bougainville President bai bungim ol wokman

Updated 24 June 2015, 14:16 AEST
Sam Seke

Dr John Momis bai holim miting wantem ol gavman wokman-meri blong en long Buka tumora

Odio: Aloysius Laukai bosman blong New dawn FM Redio stesin long Bougainville itoktok wantem Sam Seke

President blong Autonomous Bougainville Gavman i singautim olgeta niupela memba blong palamen, ol niupela Executive Council memba, na ol pablik servant long Buka long bungim em long tumora.

Manager na niusman blong New Dawn FM, Aloysius Laukai i tok President Dr John Momis i laik bungim olgeta long Hutjena Secondary School long 10 kilok long moning.

Dr Momis ibin tokaut pinis taim em i makim sampela memba blong nupla executive council blongen long wik igo pinis  long em i laik lukim gavman we i wok long servim trutru ol pipol blong Bougainville.

Em i tok em i laik lukim gavman we i sevim moni, ino paulim moni, yusim gut, na i lukautim gut ol propati blong gavman.ABC

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13b) Les dirigeants mélanésiens se penchent sur la candidature des indépendantistes papous

Mis à jour 24 June 2015, 16:33 AEST

Élodie Largenton

C’est ce matin que le sommet du Groupe mélanésien Fer de lance s’est officiellement ouvert aux Îles Salomon.

(Credit: ABC)
En raison de l’agitation politique qui règne en ce moment au Vanuatu, le Premier ministre, Sato Kilman, a préféré rester à Port-Vila. C’est un haut fonctionnaire, Johnson Naviti, qui représente l’archipel à Honiara.
Ces deux prochains jours, les représentants des pays mélanésiens vont notamment examiner deux candidatures : celle du front uni des mouvements de libération de la Papouasie occidentale, et celle de l’Indonésie.
On parle régulièrement de la candidature des indépendantistes papous. Aujourd’hui et demain, dans le cadre de nos décryptages, on s’intéresse à la perception indonésienne de ce dossier.
Pourquoi l’Indonésie cherche-t-elle à devenir membre du Groupe mélanésien Fer de lance ?
Pour Richard Chauvel, chercheur à l’Institut asiatique de l’université de Melbourne, la candidature indonésienne est tout simplement une réponse à la candidature de ses provinces papoues. Mais ce qui est étonnant, explique-t-il, ce sont les arguments avancés par les autorités indonésiennes. Selon Djakarta, il y aurait en tout 11 millions de Mélanésiens qui vivraient dans cinq provinces indonésiennes, et non deux. L’Indonésie compterait donc plus de Mélanésiens que l’ensemble des membres du Groupe réunis ? « C’est un argument curieux », estime Richard Chauvel.
« C’est une construction du ministère indonésien des Affaires étrangères. Comment perçoit-on les identités ethniques ? Ce sont des constructions politiques et sociales. La question, c’est est-ce que les habitants et les représentants politiques de ces provinces se présentent comme étant des Mélanésiens. Clairement, les Papous s’identifient comme tels, que ce soit la population ou le gouvernement. Ça ne provoque aucun débat entre Papous, il y a un large consensus là-dessus. Mais en ce qui concerne les gens qui vivent dans les Moluques, les Moluques du nord, ou les petites îles de la Sonde orientales, je ne pense pas qu’ils se considèrent comme étant mélanésiens. On a donc une situation où le gouvernement indonésien identifie les habitants et l’élite politique de ces provinces comme étant des Mélanésiens, alors qu’eux-mêmes ne le font pas. »
Le chercheur Richard Chauvel rappelle d’ailleurs que la province des Moluques a, elle aussi, cherché à devenir indépendante, dans les années 1950. Or, lors de cette bataille, remportée par l’Indonésie, les Moluques n’ont jamais avancé d’argument concernant une quelconque identité mélanésienne.
Suite du sujet demain. On verra pourquoi l’Indonésie est si attachée à la Papouasie occidentale.ABC

13c) Australie : des avocats papous donnent leurs trucs et astuces pour blanchir de l’argent sale

Mis à jour 24 June 2015, 16:22 AEST

Élodie Largenton

Petite leçon de corruption face caméra (cachée).
 BS.
Un enquêteur a filmé des avocats d’un célèbre cabinet de Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée en train d’expliquer comment déposer de l’argent sale sur des comptes bancaires australiens sans se faire repérer par la police ni par les agences internationales de lutte contre la corruption.
Pour Harvey Maladina, qui vient d’une famille influente en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, impliquée dans les affaires politiques du pays, la clé, c’est de ne pas voir trop gros :
« Tu vois, la plupart des types qui sont sous surveillance ici, c’est parce qu’ils expédient de grosses sommes d’argent d’un coup sur un compte en Australie. C’est comme ça qu’ils sont repérés. La police fédérale australienne garde un œil sur ces transactions particulières. Normalement, si ça passe par des cabinets d’avocats, ils ne se posent pas de questions, surtout si c’est un cabinet comme celui avec lequel je travaille – un cabinet prestigieux. » 
Harvey Maladina et son associé australien Greg Sheppard sont considérés comme étant proches du Premier ministre papou, Peter O’Neill. Ce dernier a été formellement accusé de fraude et de blanchiment d’argent, il y a un an. Le dirigeant papou aurait signé une lettre autorisant le versement de 28 millions de dollars au cabinet d’avocats de Paul Paraka.
La police australienne estime que plus de 200 millions de dollars d’argent sale de Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée sont blanchis chaque année en Australie.ABC

13d ) Brèves du Pacifique – mercredi 24 juin 2015

Posté à 24 June 2015, 16:10 AEST

Élodie Largenton

Le Forum des îles du Pacifique reste très prudent face à la crise qui agite Nauru. 

Le président de Palau, qui est à la tête de l’organisation actuellement, a publié un bref communiqué, appelant simplement au respect de « la constitution de Nauru, de la loi et des droits fondamentaux des citoyens ». Le président de Palau recommande aussi de se montrer patient. Pour l’ancien magistrat australien Peter Law, qui a été expulsé de Nauru l’an passé, le Forum devrait pourtant prendre ses responsabilités et dénoncer publiquement les derniers événements qui vont à l’encontre de la liberté d’expression. Et, selon lui, « l’Australie et la Nouvelle-Zélande devraient aider le Forum à faire en sorte que la démocratie revienne à Nauru ». Trois députés de l’opposition sont actuellement en prison, accusés de chercher à déstabiliser le gouvernement. Un autre député a vu son passeport être annulé « pour raisons de sécurité ».
En Australie, après plusieurs semaines de débats parfois houleux, les nouvelles mesures antiterroristes ont finalement été présentées aujourd’hui au Parlement. Le gouvernement de Tony Abbott veut surtout pouvoir déchoir de leur nationalité les binationaux terroristes. Ceux qui financent les djihadistes et qui les recrutent sont tout aussi concernés que ceux qui prennent les armes. On estime que cette nouvelle loi pourrait s’appliquer à environ la moitié des 120 Australiens engagés dans les rangs de Daesh en Syrie et en Irak. Tony Abbott voulait aller encore plus loin, et déchoir aussi de leur nationalité les Australiens qui ne possèdent pas d’autre passeport, créant donc des apatrides. Le Premier ministre conservateur y a finalement renoncé, la mesure ayant été jugée anticonstitutionnelle.
Grande réforme en vue du programme des saisonniers du Pacifique en Australie. Le gouvernement veut supprimer tout plafond, ce qui veut dire que le nombre d’Océaniens qui veulent venir travailler pendant quelques mois dans le pays serait illimité. Autres changements importants : ils ne seraient plus obligés de rester au moins 14 semaines, et devraient toucher 1 000 dollars minimum durant leur période d’essai. Les autorités envisagent aussi d’élargir le programme en proposant des emplois temporaires dans le secteur du tourisme, notamment. Tous ces changements auraient pour but d’aider au développement du nord de l’Australie.
Un cadeau d’un goût douteux : l’entreprise Transfield, chargée de la gestion des centres de rétention australiens, a donné un ring de boxe aux demandeurs d’asile et réfugiés qui vivent sur l’île de Manus, en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée. C’est « irresponsable et inapproprié », dénonce Ian Rintoul, le porte-parole de la Coalition de l’action pour les réfugiés. Il rappelle que deux salariés de l’entreprise, dont un boxeur amateur, sont accusés d’avoir battu à mort Reza Barati, l’année dernière.
Cela arrive souvent que les requins fassent les frais des gros filets des chalutiers, mais la prise réalisée le week-end dernier par des pêcheurs australiens au large du Victoria est exceptionnelle : ils ont sorti de l’eau un requin pèlerin de plus de 6 mètres. La dernière fois qu’un tel spécimen avait été pêché, c’était dans les années 1930 ! Le requin de 3,5 tonnes a été remis à des scientifiques de la région.ABC
PASIFIK

14) Forum Secretariat Receives 40 Submissions For Regional Priorities
Sub-Committee to determine 5 key regional priority areas

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, June 24, 2015) – Regional forestry conservation and regional waste management were part of the submissions from Fiji to the Pacific Regionalism Initiative program.

This was confirmed by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat which received the submissions from civil society organisations.

With the Pacific Regional Initiative expected to close last week, the Forum Secretariat stated it had so far received 40 submissions.

“The Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism will sit down to select the top five priorities for the region on July 13-15. These five priorities will be put before leaders for their consideration and selection as the key regional priority areas for the region moving forward,” the secretariat stated.

The initiative was allowed through the newly-adopted Framework for Pacific Regionalism, which established an inclusive process to determine the priorities for the region.

The process allows any individual, organisation or group from any country in the Pacific to put forward a regional initiative for Pacific Islands Forum Leaders to consider at their annual forum.

The regional initiatives submitted needed to address and deal with key public policy issues and challenges for the region that required the oversight of Pacific Islands leaders and that were most appropriately dealt with at regional or sub-regional level.

Fiji Times Online.

HEALTH

15) Health Ministry to improve lab services

By ATASA MOCEITUBA
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Update: 7:40PM The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is focusing on improving laboratory services in all its health facilities across the country.

This, according to a government statement, was highlighted by Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate while opening the Laboratory Quality Management System workshop for technicians and laboratory workers at Holiday Inn today.

Mr Usamate said the objective of the workshop was to strengthen the pathology services at all health facilities around the country and devise strategies to enhance the service delivery in the medical labs, the statement said.Fijitimes

16) Province needs more doctors
Source:
The National, Wednesday June 24th, 2015

THERE is a shortage of doctors in the country and those posted to provinces must be looked after, an official says.
Allan Bird, the board chairman of Boram General Hospital in Wewak, East Sepik, raised the concern following an incident involving one of the local doctors. Bird received a report that one of the hospital doctors travelling in a vehicle was deliberately forced off the road by a group of people last weekend.
“We are concerned because it appears that certain members of the public are targeting hospital staff at a time when police are making arrests in relation to the theft of funds at the hospital,” Bird said.
“That happened several days after one of the hospital’s vehicles was stoned by the same group of people.”
He told The National that East Sepik had nine doctors serving the province. Under the staffing structure, the hospital is supposed to have more than 30 doctors. But that has never happened.
However, in the past eight months, with the help of a new chief executive officer, 16 doctors have been hired. “Because we are actively seeking doctors, and doctors are short in the country, including nurses and community health workers, we have been on a drive to recruit new doctors.
“We must double the number,” Bird said.

EDUCATION

17) Commission yet to recognise institutions

Source:
The National, Wednesday June 24th, 2015

THE Education Department and the Office of Higher Education are yet to recognise three private education institutions, thus graduates have not been included on the payroll, according to the Teaching Services Commission.
They are Bismarck Teachers College in East New Britain, Asia Pacific Teachers College in Lae and Jubilee University in the National Capital District.
In the case of Jubilee University, the commission has been told by the officer of higher education that the submission is before the national education board.
“The board approves submissions after thorough consideration of the curriculum to be taught, certificates to be offered, available learning facilities and resources, required academic staff based on the required education standards,” commissioner operations Mathew Pobaya said.
The issue was raised during a conference in Lae last week by the Momase provincial education advisers after employing graduates from Bismarck and the Asia Pacific teachers colleges.
Most of the graduates have been teaching without the commission admitting them and most teachers have not been paid. Pobaya said the education department and the commission had processes and procedures, which the provincial education board and advisers must follow.

POLITIC

18) Jiwaka signs agreement

Source:
The National, Wednesday June 24th, 2015

JIWAKA became the first province to sign an agreement with the Electoral Commission to assist with planning, preparation and delivery of elections in 2017.
Electoral Commissioner Sir Andrew Trawen and Jiwaka provincial administrator Michael Wandil, who is the provincial election steering committee chairman, signed the agreement last Friday for the General Elections.
It was witnessed by the deputy administrator Joseph Karap, provincial police commander Supt Joseph Tondop, provincial awareness steering committee member Irene Narewec and women’s representative Rosen Kiap.
The purpose of the agreement is to strengthen the network of partnership between Jiwaka and Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission,” Sir Andrew said.

19) Vanuatu parliament to reconvene to hear motion

24 June 2015

The Vanuatu Supreme Court has ordered parliament to reconvene next week to hear a motion of no-confidence against the prime minister Sato Kilman.

The court ordered Parliament to be re-convened on the afternoon of Tuesday 30 June to hear the motion lodged by opposition leader Edward Natapei against the new Kilman-led government.

Justice Dudley Aru declared that the decision by the new Speaker Marcellino Pipite to rule out the motion was in breach of the opposition’s constitutional right to have its motion debated.RNZI

20) Vanuatu PM attendance at MSG meeting in doubt

24 June 2015

It remains uncertain whether the Prime Minister of Vanuatu Sato Kilman will attend this week’s Melanesian Spearhead Group leader’s summit in Honiara.

The talks which are expected to decide on West Papua membership of the MSG have coincided with court proceedings on a possible no confidence motion against Mr Kilman.

That decision is due in Port Vila this afternoon, and a spokesman for Mr Kilman says his attendance at the MSG summit depends on the outcome of the case.

Meanwhile, the country is being represented at the crucial talks in Honiara by a senior bureaucrat Johnson Naviti.

Vanuatu has traditionally supported West Papuan efforts to join the MSG but this latest development casts further doubt on the bid by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua for full membership.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reports court proceedings involving bribery allegations against 19 mostly government MPs have been adjourned until next month.RNZI

21) Fiji formalises diplomatic relations with Grenada

By Online Editor
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Update: 6:34PM FIJI and Grenada yesterday formalised diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations in New York.

According to a government statement, Grenada’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Denis Antoine, and his Fijian counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed a joint communique establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Following the ceremony, ambassadors Antoine and Thomson held talks on areas of common interest and potential areas of cooperation at the UN, the statement read.

“With both ambassadors being founding members of the Group of Friends of Oceans and Seas at the United Nations, their talks covered measures to ensure the safeguarding of the Sustainable Development Goal on the sustainable use of marine resources.”Fijitimes
LAND

22) WULLG to facilitate land acquisition

Source:
The National, Wednesday June 24th, 2015

All land acquisition in Wewak town will be facilitated at the Wewak Urban local level government and not the provincial Lands office.
Wewak Mayor Charles Malenki said the WULLG had reached an understanding with the Department of Lands for the urban council to take charge of the function to avoid problems relating to the township’s planning and expansion programme.
Malenki said the WULLG was aware of some land  being sold through fraudulent means but as soon as he took office, WULLG had fought hard to win back most State land and reserve parks in Wewak. They are now waiting for the urbanisation plan and status of land development plan to be made available by the urbanisation office so that they can work on eviction and relocation exercises.
Malenki was responding to concerns raised by East Sepik Governor Sir Michael Somare’s call for the council to regulate acquisition of land in Wewak.
Malenki said the council was taking all necessary steps to ensure that all land, including customary land, were registered and leased for development.

23) Rural areas ‘lack services’

Source:
The National, Wednesday June 24th, 2015

THE lack of Government services in rural areas is forcing people to move to urban centres, according to Northern Governor Gary Juffa.
He told the “Tanim Graun” forum that people in the rural areas migrated to the urban centres to seek better government services and infrastructure.
“A classic example is happening in the Oro provincial capital of Popondetta, the colonial town which was built to cater for 10,000 people but now accommodating 30,000,” Juffa said.
“People are helping themselves to better services by migrating to the urban centres.
“But in fact they are creating more problems for the Government (which is required) to provide additional services for the additional population.”
Executive director of the Office of Urbanisation Max Kep said it was part of development.
“The number of people flocking to the urban areas have maximised because some of their needs cannot be met in rural areas,” Kep said.
“For example, the towns and district stations would not be able to provide sufficient employment for people.”
He said the recent involvement in the Government’s affordable land and housing programme was part of the drive to address the urban drift.

BUSINESS

24) PNG To Conduct Investor, Trade Forum In Paris, France
PM O’Neill working on ‘improved visa arrangement’ with Europe

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, June 24, 2015) – The Government plans to hold a trade forum in Paris next year following interest shown by European investors in Papua New Guinea.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said discussions were underway on “improved visa arrangements for Papua New Guineans travelling to European Union countries”.

He said following the success of the UK-PNG Trade and Investment Forum last week in London, and the positive reception in Paris, “future forums are likely to include France”.

“Next year we are looking at the trade and investment forum being held in Paris and alternate this with London each year,” he said.

O’Neill met business representatives and the European Union council president Donald Tusk.

The French Business Confederation hosted a breakfast where 30 companies showed interest in initiating or expanding their operations in PNG.

“There is significant interest in Papua New Guinea from the business community in the cities our delegation visited, and we must convert that interest into tangible business engagement,” O’Neill said.

“We cannot think of Europe as being too far away to matter.

“Europe offers an important market particularly for our agricultural products.

“There is also tremendous potential for strategic partnerships in areas that include banking, energy and resources.”

He discussed with Tusk what PNG was doing to combat illegal fishing.

The National

INFRASTRUCTURE


25) Jacksons airport transformed
By Online Editor
8:36 pm GMT+12, 23/06/2015, Papua New Guinea

The Port Moresby Jackson International Airport in Papua New Guinea is finally meeting world standard and is ready for the Pacific Games, says National Airports Corporation acting chief executive officer Joseph Tupiri.

Tupiri announced this Tuesday to brush aside media reports claiming that the airport is not ready to receive visitors who will start arriving for the Pacific Games next week.

“Port Moresby International Airport is the first and the last impression that our visitors could get of Papua New Guinea.

“For that reason, we are building the gateway of the country to a world class as NAC extremely cares about contributing into the nation building,” he said.

Tupiri said the K85 million (US$31 million) project of Jackson International Airport upgrading was done through a world class capacity development program and a powerful strategy to transform the airport to an efficient modern airport and that everyone can be proud of.

He said the upgrading of the International terminal include; a new departure lounge, relaxation, play and working areas for passengers, new duty-free shops for departure and arrival, and new specialty retail shops for food and beverages along with other maintenance work.

“NAC is partnering with Airport Council International and other top organisations in the world to run training for its staff and other important things to meet the global standard.

“Consultants have been brought in to look at the value of the upgrading and assessments have been carried out already,” Tupiri said.

He said NAC‘s strongest aim now is to develop the Port Moresby International Airport to become the gateway of the Pacific, and the upgrading done was a foundation laid for that adjective.

“Challenges faced in the last 12 months were congestion and security issues at the International Airport.

“However, for the first time in the history of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby International Airport has a schedule now for the airport to solve the congestion problem while security has already been organised and provided,” said Tupiri.

He said airport environment is changing and 99.9 per cent of the NAC team are excited about their work and the outcome at last.

“It is not about the jobs, big-names or what we can gain anymore but it is about building this country and that will involve hard work and perseverance,” Tupiri said.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS

LAW&ORDER, CORRUPTION+ 

26) PNG corruption exposed in Australian sting

24 June 2015

Australia has been exposed as a safe haven for corrupt funds from Papua New Guinea with lawyers caught on video explaining how to deposit stolen money in Australian bank accounts.

Fairfax Media has recordings of an undercover sting showing PNG lawyer, Harvey Maladina, explaining how a law firm and a well-known Australian Queen’s counsel issue inflated invoices to conceal the movements of corrupt money.

His law firm partner, former Queensland crown prosecutor, Greg Sheppard, is shown on camera saying the “only way” to bribe foreign politicians and avoid getting caught is to pay “small dribs and drabs” disguised as commercial transactions.

The film opens a window into how Australian lawyers, accountants and migration agents enable corrupt politicians to shift stolen money into the relative safety of Australian bank accounts and real estate.

Both Mr Sheppard and Mr Maladina are considered to be close to the PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and senior members of his government.

Fairfax says until January Mr Sheppard was a director of the company providing security to the Australian run and funded Manus Islands asylum seeker detention centre.RNZI

27) Jokowi hits development hurdle in bid to release 90 Papuans

24 June 2015

A proposal in Indonesia’s Parliament to pardon political prisoners in Papua has been rejected.

The House of Representatives met on Monday to consider President Jokowi’s plan for a second release of Papuans who have been held as separatists.

Jokowi released five political prisoners last month, who had been jailed since 2003.

The new plan, said to include up to 90 political prisoners in Papua and West Papua,

The list includes the prominent political activist Filep Karma, who is serving a 15-year sentence for raising the banned Morning Star flag at a political rally in 2004.

But MPs have told Jokowi they won’t support the move unless there are concrete plans to hose down separatist tension in the provinces.

One committee member and MP told the Jakarta Globe that support will not be given unless the Government lays out a roadmap for developing the provinces.RNZI

28) Police arrest couple for alleged kidnapping

Source:
The National, Wednesday June 24th, 2015

A couple from Eastern Highlands was yesterday arrested and charged with “hijack for ransom”  of a two-year-old and detained at the Central police station cell in Lae.
The pair was found at Nawaeb Block near Bumbu River after a tip-off yesterday morning and was expected to appear in court today.
Rose Stanley, mother of the “kidnapped” child (Abraham), reported to police on Monday that her child went missing on June 9 between 11am and midday.
She said Abraham was playing with his cousins and went missing when she went to chew buai at a nearby roadside market at Second Street, Top Town.
“A man who was planting flowers told me that a short woman believed to be of Highlands origin walked by and took the child and walked away a few minutes ago,” she said.
A public notice was put up for two weeks until she allegedly received a phone call from one of the accused who said that the child was in their care. “The next day I called and the wife answered demanding a ransom of K1000,” Stanley said.
Investigator Cyrus Natil said after tip-off, Stanley was advised to lure the suspects to Nawaeb Block bus stop to receive her ransom in exchange for Abraham.
Stanley led the investigators and located the woman and she was apprehended.
Police got the woman into their vehicle and went to her house where the child was with the husband. The couple was charged with kidnapping for ransom.

CLIMATE CHNAGE,CONSERVATION,ENVIROMENT


29) Vt800 million climate change project launched
By Online Editor
7:49 pm GMT+12, 22/06/2015, Vanuatu

The government of Vanuatu and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are working on a Vt800 million (US$7.6 million) climate change project for the rural communities in Vanuatu.

“Adaptation to Climate Change on the Coastal Zone of Vanuatu” or V-CAP is the name of this 5-year project.

V-CAP aims to improve the resilience of the coastal zone in Vanuatu to the impacts of climate change in order to sustain livelihoods, food production and improve the quality of life.

Project sites are selected in each province. The project site for Shefa is Vermali and Vermaul Area Council of Epi, South Santo Area Council (Sanma), all Torres Islands, South Malekula Area Council (Malampa) and all Tafea Islands.

V-CAP will carry out re-vegetation of road sidings, will rehabilitate river crossings, bridges, build public walking tracks and ‘climate proofing’ infrastructure.

The Government, through the project, aims to increased efforts to recovery from Cyclone Pam and build long-term community resilience to climate change.

Therefore, for 2015 the project will concentrate in the three severely affected provinces with a focus on Epi, Pentecost and Tafea outer islands. Once completed, will move to other sites next year.

V-CAP does not focus on infrastructure alone but will work with communities to encourage sustainable forest, water and agricultural management.

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department is responsible for the second component of V-CAP; the development of an efficient early warning system for cyclones and other natural disasters.

The Project Board launched V-CAP following the first Inception Workshop attended by Area Secretaries, Site Coordinators and Secretary Generals.

The Ministry of Climate Change and Natural Disasters, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Forestry and Biodiversity, Public Works Department and the Department of Environment and Water Resource will be working closely with communities to deliver V-CAP.

The United Nations Development Program is implementing V-CAP with financial support from the Least Developed Country Fund of the Global Environment Fund.

SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST/PACNEWS

30) 800 communities affected by climate change in Fiji
By Online Editor
5:30 pm GMT+12, 23/06/2015, Fiji

800 communities in Fiji have been identified to be affected by climate change.

Of this, forty-five are vulnerable to relocation in the next decade.

This is what stakeholders and communities involved are discussing on the development of a Relocation Guideline for Fiji.

This two day workshop will lay the platform for these stakeholders to share thoughts and experiences on communities battered by climate change and natural disasters.

It’s an issue that needs implementation by those who will be affected.

“You will be introduced at this workshop to the proposed steps for relocation and be provided with an opportunity to deliberate whether these processes and steps will work or not,” said Luke Daunivalu – Deputy Secretary for Fiji’s Foreign Affairs

Through an extensive mapping and profiling by stakeholders, several communities have been identified.

“We have been able to map 800 communities. Of those communities already mapped, 45 have been identified as vulnerable with the potential to be relocated in the next 5 to 10 years,” he said.

So far, the villages Vunidogoloa in Cakaudrove, Narikoso in Bua and Denimanu on Yadua Island in Bua have been identified for relocation.

The villages are also used as examples for Fiji’s Relocation Guide.

“Through this consultation, we will be able to identify the best processes and approach to ensure the long term survival of impacted communities,” he said.

SOURCE: FIJI TV/PACNEWS

MINING,FORESTRY,AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES,TOURISM

31) Drilling to start on Kwila-1 well

Source:
The National, Wednesday June 24th, 2015

KINA Petroleum Ltd yesterday announced the spud of the Kwila-1 exploration well in petroleum prospecting licence (PPL) 337 near Madang.
Kwila-1 was operated by Heritage Oil Ltd under a farm-out agreement between Heritage and KPL, whereby Heritage would carry KPL through drilling and, if appropriate, testing of 2 wells.
The first of those wells, Raintree-1, has been drilled.
KPL would retain a 30 per cent participating interest in the licence on completion of drilling, and in event of a discovery would benefit from a carry through a seismic programme to appraise the field.
KPL managing director Richard Schroder said: “We look forward to the drilling at Kwila-1 which will test a trap with an associated seismic anomaly which Kina believes is within a sandstone body on the northern flank of the Banam Anticline, which remains the largest untested geological feature in Papua New Guinea.”

32) Fiji sugar industry in trouble without young people

24 June 2015

The Fiji Cane Growers Association says the future of the sugar industry is in trouble if it is unable to attract young people back to cane farming.

The General Secretary for the Association, Bala Dass, says most of Fiji’s 12-thousand sugar cane farmers are over 50 years old.

Mr Dass says if young people are to be attracted back land leases need to be lengthened, the payment system needs to change, and tools like cutters and fertiliser need to be subsidised.

“Definitely the sugar industry is in trouble because when this generations time goes away in about five or ten years time and they become old, then what will happen is that there will be nobody to work in the farm. There is lots of land left over here which is being unused.”

Bala Dass says the younger generation has moved away from the cane industry so they can get paid weekly in white collar jobs.RNZI

33) Call to pay attention to agriculture

Source:
The National, Wednesday June 24th, 2015

IMPROVING investment in the country’s agriculture sector is the way forward to dealing with Dutch Disease, Bank of PNG deputy governor Dr Gae Kauzi says.
Dutch Disease is the negative impact on an economy of anything that gives rise to a sharp inflow of foreign currency.
The currency inflows would lead to currency appreciation, making the country’s other products less price competitive on the export market.
Kauzi reiterated the stance by Bank of PNG Governor Loi Bakani in his last monetary policy statement that agriculture sector needed more investment.
“Pay more attention to agriculture and do it in action,” he told the PNG Update forum last week.
“If we do this, we can turn PNG into a main agriculture exporter and developing agriculture is the best way is the best way to withstand the Dutch Disease.”
According to Tony Shirley, a rural financial consultant from Australia, financial assistance to farmers was one of the better government policies which had boosted agriculture in the country.
Institute of National Affairs executive director Paul Barker had said although the Government recognised that agriculture was important, it had not really been the case.
Meanwhile, Farmers and Settlers Association Inc president Wilson Thompson told the forum there was enough land, labour and skills that required capital or financial support and support services from the Government.

“… individuals should be assisted and protected by the state and provided market access and support through cooperatives and the land registration so they can contribute to food production, food security and economic development particularly in the rural areas,” Thompson said.

34) Farmers export large coconut oil quantities

Source:
The National, Tuesday June 23rd, 2015

COCONUT farmers from Aroma Coast, Abau, in Central have recently started exporting large amount of oil from their coconuts, Kokonas Idastri Koporesen says.
Managing director Dr James Kaiulo said the farmers could now benefit greatly as their coconuts processed into high valued products such as virgin coconut oil and soap, by Aroma Coconut Products Corporative Society Ltd.
“The coconut farmers can now rip countless benefits from their coconuts been processed into high value products such as virgin coconut oil and soap,” he said.
The project was made possible through a partnership between the Government through Department of National Planning, KIK and PNG Cocoa and Coconut Institute Ltd  and small to medium enterprises in the area.
ACPC manager Garry Genolamar said the project had been buying more than 20,000 coconuts per month from nearby villages in Aroma Coast and had plans to increase and extend its buying depots all throughout Abau district.
“Over five tonnes of VCO has been exported since 2013 in small quantities but this export of 1000 litres VCO and 1000 bars of coconut soap signifies its first biggest export. The collaborative partnership with Government, commodity boards enabled ACPC to meet the increasing domestic and international demand,” he said. Genolamar praised MP Sir Puka Temu for revitalising the project in 2010.

“The farmers have now unleashed the burden of marketing their coconuts in Port Moresby, where they spend almost 70 per cent of their earnings on freight cost alone.”

35) Buyers aplaud South Pacific Tourism Exchange 2015
By Online Editor
00:10 am GMT+12, 24/06/2015, Fiji

International Buyers (travel agents and wholesalers) have given the South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE) 2015 the ‘thumbs-up’ after two-days of successful business-to-business meetings at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre last week.

Tour operators, hotel and accommodation providers as well as National Tourism Offices from 16 Pacific Island Countries converged into Melbourne with over 60 international buyers from the traditional source markets of Australia and New Zealand to the emerging long haul markets of the United States, China and Europe to conduct business and networking.

The ANZ sponsored event organized by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) was the second inaugural exchange after the successful launch in Auckland in 2014.

SPTO Chief Executive Ilisoni Vuidreketi stated SPTE 2015 was bigger than initially anticipated and the large number of buyers and sellers at this year’s event is indicative of the growing interest in the Pacific region’s only tourism exchange.

“The overwhelming response to SPTE 2015 from both the buyers and sellers has contributed to its success! Our SPTE team worked especially hard to ensure that the quality of buyers from our international markets would add value to our exchange, especially for our regional member countries and private sector. I am pleased to say that this has indeed paid dividends”, Vuidreketi added.

“This year we also extended the invitation to the international media that were in Melbourne for the Australian Tourism Exchange and we hosted a networking cocktail event for the media to meet our Pacific sellers. We believe this has also been a successful inclusion into our program with the high visibility we are receiving on SPTE in the media”, he continued.

“We would also like to thank our sponsors ANZ, Fiji Airways, the European Union funded Pacific Regional Tourism and Capacity Building Programme, Nauru Air Corporation, Tonga Tourism Authority, Samoa Tourism Authority, Pure Fiji, Papua New Guinea Tourism and all those that contributed to a successful SPTE 2015”, Vuidreketi reiterated

“We look forward to hosting another SPTE in 2016 and will announce the dates soon,” he said

SOURCE: SPTO/.PACNEWS

36) Anti-fisheries protestors in court

By Online Editor
00:08 am GMT+12, 24/06/2015, Papua New Guinea

The delayed Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ in Madang has become the issue of a human rights fight for those living in the impact area.

Sumkar Open MP Ken Fairweather made this statement after National Court judge David Cannings adjourned the PMIZ case to July 21 after considering whether to hear the 11 defendants present today  in court.

The adjournment was sought by both lawyers: Gordon Haumu,for Madang Provincial Government and Brian Waffi for the Department of Commerce Trade and Industry.

Waffi said  he needed the time to make amendments and serve his clients while Haumu said he needed further clarification on whose side the provincial government would be taking if any to better inform the court.

The second hearing Tuesday between the Department of Trade,Commerce and Industry as first and second plaintiffs,and eleven  others, is an attempt by the State to get the project completed before the crucial deadline of 2016. The State will be obliged to pay EXIM Bank of China,K500 million as default if it does not complete  the project by that time.

The State had received a US$75 million from the EXIM China bank in 2010. To date copies of the loan agreement,the environmental impact study report and the project agreement have not been seen at the provincial level.

Fairweather, who is the fourth defendant and an opposition member in the Madang provincial assembly, said that to date he has not seen  any documents from concerned departments since the inception of the project.

“It is not about PMIZ but about freedom of speech. This is a free world where people have the right to speak. You can’t come shooting at the hips and be bullied. Neither Sir Angmai Bilas nor I will be bullied.Typical of the minister and his department,” he said.

Nancy Sullivan,a fisheries expertwho is the first defendant,joined the proceedings as an ardent advocate against  marine pollution and its socio economic impacts.

Environmental advocateDorothy Tekwie is the second defendant and is assisting the impact area people on issues regarding landowner rights and exploitation of resources.

“I am happy the court has ordered the plaintiffs to bear our costs because I spent my own funds to help the unfortunate people of our country。If I don’t do it, who will,” she said.

SOURCE: PNG LOOP/PACNEWS

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37) One week for Ryan to prepare 7s team for Pacific Games
By Online Editor
8:33 pm GMT+12, 22/06/2015, Fiji

The Vodafone Fiji sevens team to the Pacific Games assembles next week for a week of training before they head off to Papua New Guinea to win gold and break a 12-year gold medal drought.

Manager Paula Biu said one week would be enough to prepare the team as the players are involved in provincial rugby and all of them are fit.

“Coach Ben Ryan arrives this week and the team moves into camp next week. We are taking our strongest team because we want to win gold,” Biu said.

Interesting inclusion in the team is Fiji Warriors Wing Eroni Vasiteri, Suva halfback Keponi Paul and Savenaca Rawaca who is also named in the Flying Fijians squad to move into camp next Wednesday, a day after the Fiji sevens team.

Biu said Ryan and Flying Fijians coach have been in talks regarding Rawaca.

Fiji last won a Pacific Games gold medal in rugby sevens in 2003.

The 19 man squad: Abele Yalayalatabua, Amenoni Nasilasila, Apisai Domolailai, Emosi Mulevoro, Eroni Vasiteri, Isake Katonibau, Jasa Veremalua, Josaia Wini, Keponi Paul, Kitione Taliga, Maueli Lagai, Pio Tuwai, Osea Kolinisau, Semi Kunabuli, Savenaca Rawaca, Jerry Tuwai, Sitiveni Waqa, Vatemo Ravouvou, Viliame Mata.

SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS

38) Solomon Airlines to fly Solomon Islands & Kiribati athletes to 2015 Pacific Games

By Online Editor
8:31 pm GMT+12, 22/06/2015, Solomon Islands

Solomon Airlines has been engaged by the Solomon Islands Government and the Kiribati National Olympic Committee to ferry athletes of both countries to Port Moresby to compete in the 2015 Pacific Games taking place from 04-18 July.

The charters will commence on 01 July when the national carrier will fly the Kiribati team and the Solomon Islands under 23 soccer team to the PNG capital.

Further charters are scheduled to take place on 02 and 09 July and again on 16 and 19 July when the teams from both countries return.

Solomon Airlines’ General Manager of Commercial and Operations, Gus Kraus advised the airline was doing everything possible to ensure the extra flights had minimal effect on current schedules and particularly the Brisbane, Nadi and Port Vila services.

“The charters are a one-off event and we are urging our valued passengers to contact our offices for updates to ensure they are aware of and can avoid any disruption to their travel plans,” Mr Kraus said.

“I would like to thank our passengers for their understanding and continued support as well as their patience during the charter periods.”.

SOURCE: GLOBAL TRAVEL NEWS/PACNEWS

39) World Champ to Lead Nauru to 2015 Pacific Games
By Online Editor
8:28 pm GMT+12, 22/06/2015, Nauru

World Champion power lifter, Jezza Uepa, will lead team Nauru to the 2015 Pacific Games.

The smallest Pacific island nation of Nauru has produced some of the world’s best weightlifters and power lifters, who will be competing in this year’s Pacific Games in Port Moresby.

Jeeza recently competed at the Classic Powerlifting World Championship 2015 in Salo, Finland, from the 5th to the 14th of June.

At the recent 2015 Pacific Invitational championships in Australia, Nauruan, Jezza Uepa, produced high quality classic powerlifting and broke two world records – officially making Jezza one of the world’s strongest powerlifting men.

He will lead team Nauru to the Pacific Games. Jezza holds the current world record of 415 kilograms in the squat discipline of classic powerlifting.

He also holds a world record of lifting 978.5 kilograms.

Jezza has been training in preparation for the games, and is confident in performing to international standards, to grab gold for Nauru.

Coach Gerard Jones has said that Nauru is proud of having produced such global super stars in powerlifting. He added that they are now focused on physically and mentally preparing ourselves themselves for July.

SOURCE: EMTV/PACNEWS

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40) Cash incentives for Team Fiji athletes to win gold at the Pacific Games

By Online Editor
8:24 pm GMT+12, 22/06/2015, Fiji

Team Fiji athletes will be given cash bonuses for every gold won at the Pacific Games.

The bonuses will come in three categories – individual, pairs and team events.

Athletes can receive up to $2500 (US$1,201) if they do well.

Team Fiji athletes will be offered financial bonus for winning Gold medals at the Pacific Games this year.

Major sponsors Bank of South Pacific, making this announcement with our athletes now determined to win gold.

The monetary incentive will certainly motivate our athletes to do well.

Meanwhile the athletes were farewelled with strong words of encouragement from Fiji former cricket captain Cecil Browne.

Apart from the cash incentive, there will also be additional incentives from other major sponsors.

SOURCE: FIJI TV/PACNEWS

41) 18 swimmers to be part of Team Fiji, Students Boost Team to the Pacific Games
By Online Editor

8:22 pm GMT+12, 22/06/2015, Fiji

Eighteen swimmers will be part of Team Fiji’s contingent to the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

Most of them used the Age Group Nationals over the weekend to improve their times and gauge their performances so they can be selected for other tournaments.

Although it’s a very young team Fiji Swimming officials are confident they will do well.

Eighteen swimmers will be part of Team Fiji’s contingent to the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

Most of them used the Age Group Nationals over the weekend to improve their times and gauge their performances so they can be selected for other tournaments.

“We’ve been blessed with some really great weather in the last days and it complemented some of the fine performances that we’ve seen in the last three days also. This BSP Sponsored Age Group Nationals not only to prepare swimmers for the Pacific Games but it’s also a qualifier for us to the Latina World Championships in Qazan,” said Ben Rova – President – Nadi Barracudas

Although it’s a very young team Fiji Swimming officials are confident they will do well.

“So it’s not only about improving on times and preparations for the Pacific Swimmers but it’s also kind of make the final cut for Qazan and the Rio Olympics. For the Fiji Swimmers going to the Pacific Games we hope that they’ll get good results and you can’t hope for anything less,” he said…..PACNEWS

Meanwhile,Fijian women’s football coach Charlene Lockington is confident her team will do well at the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea next month.

“We mostly have youth players in the team and four of them are high school students,” she said.

“We have some senior players who played in the 2007 Pacific Games in Samoa. PNG, they beat us in Samoa in 2007, but this time we aim to get even,” Lockington said.

Bolstering the side are former Fijiana and goal keeper Mereoni Yabakidrau, Viniana Raiwai and students Luisa Tamanitokula, Annette Nainima, Sonali Rao and Jasper sprinter Miriama Naiobasali.

“We have also secured the services of Vodafone Fijian U20 goalkeeper coach Iosefo Vosaboto who is doing a good job,” she said. “The women have shown a lot of sacrifices and dedication towards preparation.”.

SOURCE: FIJI TV/ FIJI SUN/PACNEWS

42) Wellington Sevens changes dates

AAP
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Update: 4:29PM The Wellington round of the World Rugby Sevens is to move to a Saturday-Sunday format and will be played at the end of January.

The event is teaming up with the Wellington Cup race meeting.

Next year the Wellington Cup will be raced at Trentham on Saturday January 23rd on Wellington Anniversary weekend and the Wellington Sevens will be the following weekend on January 30th and 31st.

The Sevens has usually been played on a Friday and Saturday in early February.

This year’s sevens tournament failed to sell out and organisers have been looking to reinvigerate interest with the contract for the tournament up in 2016.

Wellington Racing Club Vice President and Mayor of Upper Hutt Wayne Guppy says the two organisations had been looking at ways to work more closely together for some time.

Sevens Wellington General Manager Steve Dunbar says the two organisations will offer joint package options so Wellingtonians and visitors could make the most of the sport and fun.

The 2016 event is likely to include a number of All Blacks as they push for Olympic spots in the sevens team.Fijitimes

43) Australia ready for England

Aap
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

LONDON – Australia say they’re ready and waiting to take a new-look England head on in the Ashes starting next month.

Following a horror showing at the World Cup, where they were bundled out before reaching the knockout stages, England vowed to play a more exciting brand of cricket.

A drawn series in the West Indies followed their shambolic World Cup and led to the sacking of coach Peter Moores and ultimately the signing of Australian Trevor Bayliss, who takes the reins later this week.

England are confidently pointing to their improved form against New Zealand, which has included entertaining drawn series in both the Test and one-day formats, as proof they’ve turned the corner.

Australia are inclined to agree, and they’re ready to fight fire with fire.

“We’re expecting a really tough series against a team that will come out quite hard against us and if they decided to try to play that positive brand we’ll be prepared for that,” Australian skipper Michael Clarke said.

44) Waratahs target second rugby title

Aap
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SYDNEY – Veteran back rower Stephen Hoiles has revealed the Waratahs will take a backs to the wall mentality into their Super Rugby home semi-final against the Highlanders on Saturday.

Hoiles believes any of the four teams contesting the two trans-tasman semi-finals could win the competition, with the Hurricanes hosting the Brumbies in Saturday’s other matchup.

Defending champions NSW earned a week off before the semi-finals for a second straight year, but Hoiles acknowledged it had been a harder slog than last year’s super-charged sprint to the last four over the second half of the season.

“The season has been a little bit different to last year because we’ve had to fight for a lot more wins,” Hoiles said.

“We haven’t had that dream run we went on last year, we haven’t put sides away by 20, 30 points like we did a lot last year.

“We’ve had to work really hard for every game and I think that has helped us.

“We’re trying to do something no Australian team has ever done before (win back-to-back titles), so we very much feel as though we’ve got our backs against the wall and that’s the mentality we’re taking in and I think the wins we’ve had this year have reflected that.”

Hoiles had plenty of respect for a Highlanders side he felt probably went under the radar in the red-hot New Zealand conference until the last few weeks and that their pack hadn’t got the credit they merited.

“They don’t get the accolades they deserve and I think it’s probably the way they like it down in the south of New Zealand,” Hoiles said.

45) State of Origin: Josh Jackson cleared to play game three as Bulldogs back rower has charge downgraded by NRL judiciary

Updated 24 June 2015, 20:55 AEST

Canterbury back rower Josh Jackson is free to play in Origin III for New South Wales after successfully getting his dangerous throw charge downgraded by the NRL judiciary.

Josh Jackson’s downgrade appeal in front of the NRL judiciary was successful, freeing him to play Origin III for the Blues. (Credit: Getty Images)

Jackson was slapped with a grade-two dangerous throw on Penrith playmaker Jamie Soward in the first half of the Bulldogs’ win over the Panthers on Saturday night.

He would have missed three weeks if his appeal was unsuccessful, but will now only miss the Bulldogs clash with Melbourne on Monday night.

Jackson expressed his relief at being cleared to play in the Origin series decider, but admitted he would need to improve his tackling to avoid a similar charge in the future.

“Yeah, it’s never good to miss any footy or any Bulldogs games, but it’s great that I have a chance to be selected again (for New South Wales),” Jackson said

“We obviously took the plea on a grade on charge, so it definitely wasn’t a good tackle and I’ve been penalised for it by missing this week’s game, so hopefully I can adjust my technique in the future.

“I was a chance to miss three games for the Bulldogs and a possible Origin game, so I was pretty concerned.

“But we looked at a few past videos and we were pretty confident, so now we’re happy with the result.”Game three is at Lang Park on July 8.ABC

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