Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1109 ( Sunday 5 July )
1) PNG concerned about lack of permits from border-crossers
3 July 2015
There’s concern in Papua New Guinea about people flocking into the country from neighbouring Indonesia to take up work without the necessary permits.
The newspaper, The National, reports the foreign employment division manager with PNG’s Labour Department, saying they are unable to monitor movement of people across the border with Indonesia.
Mr Raga says it is only when relevant government agencies go in for inspection in border areas that they are able to pick up on the illegal workers and send them back to their countries.
140 foreigners without work permits were recently picked up in a logging camp in Bewani during a joint patrol.
Bewani Oil Palm Plantations Ltd says the expatriate workers deported were not employed by their company but instead for independent sub-contractors of the project.
The company says it is now helping these independent sub-contractors to comply with the law relating to employment of expatriates.RNZI
2) Bad weather delays Solomons independence celebrations
The current bad weather in Solomon Islands has forced the government to delay the celebrations of the 37th independence anniversary.
4 July 2015
The celebrations should fall on Tuesday July the 7th, but because of the current bad weather, they will now be held on Friday July the 10th.
The change follows a Cabinet decision Thursday afternoon.
The Government has also decided that there will still be a public holiday on Independence Day, but there will also be a special public holiday on July 10 to enable Solomon Islanders to honour the day their country gained its political independence from British rule 37 years ago.RNZI
3) Official coronation of King Tupou VI to take place on Saturday 04 July
By Online Editor
00:42 am GMT+12, 03/07/2015, Tonga
Seven years after the coronation of the late King George Tupou V, the people of Tonga will celebrate the coronation of his brother, His Majesty, King Tupou VI as the 24th Tu’i Kanokupolu.
The ceremony will take place at the Free Wesleyan Centenary Church 0at 10am on Saturday, 04 July.
Foreign dignitaries from the United Kingdom, the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan, Maori King and many special guests are already in the country to celebrate this auspicious occasion.
Also, many Tongans living in the United States, Australia, New Zealand have also flown to the island kingdom to attend this historical event.
More than a thousand guests are expected to attend the official coronation at the Centenary Church, including a 200 voice mass choir.
The official crowing will be conducted by Rev Darcy Wood, the former president of Australia’s United Methodist Church, accompanied by the President of the Free Wesleyan Church, Rev Dr ‘Ahio.
After the official coronation ceremony, Their Majesties King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u and the invited guests will attend the coronation luncheon at the Royal Palace to be followed by traditional performances.
A formal dinner will be held later in the evening and followed by the traditional torchlight ceremony or Tupakapakanava and fireworks.
On Sunday, a thanksgiving prayer service will be held at the Centenary Church in Nuku’alofa followed by a Royal Luncheon hosted by HRH Princess Latufuipeka Tuku’aho at the Villa.
To mark the historic occasion, the Tonga Government has declared Tuesday 07 July as a national public holiday..
SOURCE: RADIO & TV TONGA/PACNEWS
4) Samoa to amend Village Fono Act
3 July 2015
The Samoan government is proposing a change to village by-laws to help curb rising levels of domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse in village communities.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says he also wants the amendments to ensure that village matais do not breach the human rights of village locals.
The Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, Tolofua Ivalelei Leiataua says the proposed changes would require Village Fono Councils to produce an exhaustive list of village by laws and corresponding penalties to avoid controversial rulings.
“So this bill will require the Village Fono Council to lay down a foundation in as far as upholding the law and maintaining peace and tranquility in the village. And to be in line with the constitution of Samoa.”RNZI
5) Tony Abbott to shift ‘centre of government’ to Torres Strait
JULY 05, 2015 8:41PM
PM meets leaders on Indigenous recognition
5 ) Prime Minister Tony Abbott will move the “centre of government” north to the Torres Strait Islands and Northern Peninsula area for a week next month in keeping with his election promise to spend time in remote indigenous communities.
“It’s very important that our national leaders focus on the whole of our country, including its most remote parts,” Mr Abbott said tonight as he hosted the nation’s leading Indigenous figures at Kirribilli House in Sydney to discuss the issue of Indigenous recognition. About 40 community leaders will meet with both the PM and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in Sydney tomorrow to thrash out a form of words for a referendum on Aboriginal recognition in the constitution.
“The Government has already made progress in getting children to school, adults into work and making communities safer,” he said. “There is more work to be done.”
The August trip was an opportunity for Mr Abbott and a number of his ministerial colleagues and senior government officials to “review progress in delivering on these priorities”, he said.
He announced that he had been “jointly invited” by the Torres Strait Regional Authority, the Torres Shire Council, Torres Strait Island Regional Council and the Northern Peninsula Regional Council to spend a week with their communities.
“During this week, this region and its people will be the focus of my attention,” he said.
Last year Mr Abbott, who promised if elected he would spend a week a year living in a remote indigenous community, visited the Yolngu people in Yirrkala, northeast Arnhem Land.http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/tony-abbott-to-shift-centre-of-government-to-torres-strait/story-fn59niix-1227429615857
6a ) Logging i kilim dai ol pisin long PNG
Postim 3 July 2015, 14:01 AEST
Wari i stap long wok blong katim daon ol bikbus oa logging na bagarapim environment bai nap kilim olgeta pisin long Papua New Guinea.
Odio: Wako Napasu Managing Director na papa blong turis bisnis em oli kolim Country Tours PNG i toktok
Wako Napasu Managing Director na papa blong turis bisnis em oli kolim Country Tours PNG i mekim despla toktok bihaen long emi wok long lukim mak blong ol pisin long ol bibus iwok long go daon.
Emi tok planti turis blong ol narapla kantri long wold isave gat bikpla laik long lukim National bird blong PNG, The Bird of Paradise na ol narapla pisin em oli save stap tasol long PNG.
Mr Napasu itok tu olsem wok blong lukim ol pisin oa bird watching i wanpla gutpla bisnis emi nap helpim ol pipal sopos oli lukautim gut enviroment we ol pisin isave stap long en na noken katim ol diwai.
Mr Napasu ibin tokim mi despla wari blong en taem emi bin stap long South Pacific Toursm exchange sho emi bin kamap hia long Melbourne long mun igo pinis.ABC
6b) Geoffrey Vaki igo kalabus long 3 pela yia
Updated 3 July 2015, 14:15 AEST
Supreme Kot blong Papua New Guinea i tede salim Komisina blong Polis long bipo, Geoffrey Vaki long tripela yia.
Long mun June, Supreme kot ibin painim Vaki i gilti long contempt of court oa olsem em ino bihainim oda blong kot.
Dispela em long wanem em ino bin karim aut oda blong arestim Prime Minister Peter O’Neill klostu wanpela yia i go pinis long ol korapsen sas.
Mr O’Neill ibin makim Vaki long kamap Polis Komisina bihain long anti-korapsen Taskforce Sweep ibin sutim PM long fraud long planti milion kina i kam long Paraka loa kampani.
Ripota blong ABC long Port Moresby ibin go harim disisan blong Kot long moning tede na i tok, Kot i givim disisan long Vaki imas go kalabus long 3 pela yia na em i mas wokim hard leba wok taim em i stap long kalabus.ABC
6c) Brèves du Pacifique – vendredi 3 juillet 2015
Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée: l’ancien patron de la police nationale, condamné aux travaux forcés.
Pour la première fois, l’Australie envoie ses athlètes aux Jeux du Pacifique: en voile, en rugby à 7, en taekwondo et en haltérophilie. Rencontre avec l’haltérophile Philip Wood et la responsable des entraînements de l’équipe australienne.
ABC Radio Australie s’est rendue au dernier entraînement, à Melbourne, de Philip Wood, l’un des 8 haltérophiles australiens sélectionnés pour les Jeux du Pacifique.
Il est le dernier venu dans l’équipe australienne, dans la catégorie des plus de 105 kilos. Philip Wood a commencé à soulever des poids il y a seulement deux ans. À l’époque, il cherchait justement à… perdre du poids. Il s’est mis au crossfit, un mélange de plusieurs disciplines inspiré des entraînements militaires. C’est dans ce cadre qu’il a découvert l’haltérophilie:
« Au début, je soulevais 90 kilos à l’arraché, et 115 kilos a l’épaulé-jeté. »
Depuis, Philip Wood a progressé à pas de géant. Il y a quelques semaines, il a soulevé 145 kilos à l’arraché et 170 kilos à l’épaulé-jeté. Une performance qui lui a permis d’être sélectionné pour les Jeux du Pacifique:
« Initialement, mon seul objectif était de porter le maillot de l’Australie, mais maintenant, je vise une 3ème ou 4ème place aux Jeux du Pacifique. »
Mais il faudra compter avec la concurrence des redoutables Papous, Kiribati, Samoans, etc. L’équipe australienne n’arrive donc pas en conquérante à Port-Moresby, même si elle affiche son optimisme. Jackie White, la responsable du pôle d’entraînement de l’équipe nationale australienne d’haltérophilie:
« Les pays du Pacifique sont des concurrents sérieux. Donc la compétition sera équilibrée entre l’Australie, la Nouvelle-Zélande et les pays du Pacifique. On ne va pas arriver et rafler toutes les médailles. Ceci dit, la majorité de nos haltérophiles ont des chances de médailles. »
Les Jeux du Pacifique sont reconnus par la Fédération Internationale d’Haltérophilie. Ils rapportent donc des points pour la qualification aux Jeux Olympiques de Rio de Janeiro en 2016.ABC
7) Fine for pregnancy
Sunday, July 05, 2015
BEIJING – A Chinese company plans to demand its employees seek approval to get pregnant and fine those who conceive a child without permission, reports said, provoking a media firestorm.
“Only married female workers who have worked for the company for more than one year can apply for a place on the birth planning schedule,” read a policy distributed by a credit co-operative in Jiaozuo, in the central province of Henan.
“The employee must strictly stick to the birth plan once it is approved. Those who get pregnant in violation of the plan such that their work is affected will be fined 1000 yuan ($F338).”
News portal The Paper published a screen shot of the document, adding a company representative had admitted the lender sent the notice to its staff, but said it was only a draft seeking employees’ comment.
Violators would not be considered for promotion or awards and their incentives and year-end bonuses would be cancelled “if their pregnancy severely hindered their work”, the policy said.
8) Asian Immigration Blamed For Deadly Riot In PNG
‘Infiltration of Chinese’ into Madang causing resentment
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 2, 2015) – A Madang-based woman in Papua New Guinea says Tuesday’s rioting and looting which forced the closure of businesses and schools in Madang town is a sign of resentment at the increased infiltration of recent Asian arrivals.
Police say the unrest stemmed from opportunists taking over a public protest against capitalism.
[PIR editor’s note: The National reported that ‘Police in Madang have requested for an independent investigation into the looting and killing of a boy in the town this week. … Madang provincial police commander Sylvester Kalaut said the investigation should find out who killed the boy because there were several other gun shots fired (apart from police) during the looting.’]
Dr Nancy Sullivan, who has worked as an anthropologist in PNG for around 25 years, says the protest was not about the controversial planned Pacific Marine Industrial Zone.
“It has to do with basically pastors and their constituents around six districts in Madang, they were getting together to say we need to fight the infiltration of Chinese taking over our land, buying state land, we get nothing; these are prescribed jobs and they seem to be able to grease palms and move into them.”
Dr Nancy Sullivan however says under the terms of the PMIZ financing agreement with the Chinese EXIM bank, Chinese workers rather than locals are to take up the construction work.
Radio New Zealand International
9) Invite to EU banks
The National, Friday July 3rd, 2015
THE move to invite European banks to enter Papua New Guinea will bring competition into the country’s banking sector, Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru (pictured) says.
He said on Wednesday that the Government had extended an invitation to European Investment Bank (EIB) to enter the PNG banking sector.
He said the Government believed that would have an impact on interest rates, which were high in PNG currently, and longer repayment time for loans.
The EIB is the European Union’s bank owned by and representing the interests of European Union Member States and is working closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy.
“It was interesting the Banks were there and I said the return on investment for all the banks here (PNG) are high,” Maru said during a media conference on Wednesday following his return from a two-week trade and investment mission to Europe.
“With our meeting with European Investment Bank, we’ve asked them to come and set up an office in Port Moresby.
“Yes other international banks that we having been dealing with are important and they will continue to be important, but it is important that we have a relationship with all the major banks.
“Because then you can play one against the other and look at bringing the interest rates down, you can look at longer terms, more concessional terms.
“There is more room for more banks to come.”
He said response from the European banks seemed positive.
“The indications look quite favourable and we are still going to push that if they want our business, they should not operate outside of the country but should come and have an office here in Port Moresby.”
European countries show interest in PNG
The National, Thursday July 2nd, 2015
THERE is growing interest among European countries to invest in Papua New Guinea, an official says.
Trade Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru made the comment yesterday following his return from a two-week trade and investment mission to Europe with a small delegation from Department of Trade Commerce and Industry, including Secretary John Andrias.
Maru said there were wide interest from European countries in sectors in PNG ranging from mining and petroleum, telecommunications, housing companies and the banking sector, among others.
“The indications look quite favourable and we are still going to push for them. But if they want our business, they should not operate in for instance, Sydney – but they should come and operate in Port Moresby.
“But all in all we had a very good trip over the last two weeks,” Maru said.
He also noted that scholarships for studies was on the agenda during the discussions and meetings.
However, Maru noted that the market in Europe would be challenging as well.
“Our challenge is to market the investment opportunities in PNG to companies and the government of the 27 strong EU (European Union) member states by strengthening our presence and visibility in Europe.
“The appointment of an ambassador to Switzerland with accreditation to the World Trade Organisation and a Chancery in France as announced by the prime minister (Peter O’Neill).
European Investment Bank Keen On Partnering With Fiji
Energy, water sectors to be supported with financing, technical assistance
By Reginald Chandar
SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, July 3, 2015) – The European Investment Bank has shown a keen interest in entering into partnerships with the Fijian Government and its private sector.
Vice president of the EIB, Mr Pim van Ballekom met with Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Suva yesterday where a major re-engagement between Fiji and the member nations of the European Union was canvassed.
“From what the Vice President told me, we are entering a very exciting era as Fiji and the EU member countries strengthen our existing ties, work together for our mutual economic and strategic benefit and also develop opportunities working with our private sectors,” said Sayed-Khaiyum.
The European Investment Bank is owned by and represents the interests of the European Union member states.
[PIR editor’s note: Fijilive also reported that ‘The Fijian Government is looking to work closely with Singapore’s well-functioning and globally-renowned Economic Development Board, which plays the same role as Investment Fiji.’]
With its headquarters in Luxembourg, the bank not only provides financial lending support but also plays an advisory role in terms of financing and investment.
The talks centred around EIB’s financing options for Fiji, technical assistance for Fiji’s energy sector and a joint funding proposal with the Asian Development Bank for Fiji’s Urban Water Sanitation Project.
The meeting was also an opportunity for both the Minister and the Vice President to canvass future potential areas of cooperation in the financial sector and infrastructure development.
The EIB delegation led by Mr van Ballekom which is making a three day visit to Fiji has also signed a technical assistance agreement with the Fiji Electricity Authority.
“Our interest lies where our clients want to be but our strength is in infrastructure, water, water sanitation and energy,” Mr van Ballekom said.
He also visited Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and held a meeting with the Minister for Infrastructure, Parveen Kumar.
10) PNG will be a powerful Pacific nation, PM says
By Online Editor
00:36 am GMT+12, 03/07/2015, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the country is developing to be one of the most powerful nations in the Pacific.
O’Neill, while opening the new City Hall in Port Moresby, said people must accept change as the nation was transforming at a pace never seen before.
He said Port Moresby was changing and it would be the best in the Pacific in which more than one million people will live in about three years from now.
National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop said: “The K54 million (US$19.6 million) City Hall that took one and a half years to complete, will look after its staff and they will partner the Government to transform the city and the country.
“I am thankful to the O’Neill Government because the city is taking gigantic steps.
“It is the melting point of the country and it needs to grow.
“We are constructing a road from Badihagwa to Gerehu to 9-Mile. This is a gigantic step.
“We have opened the Kumul Flyover Bridge – this is a gigantic step.
“We are hosting the 2015 Pacific Games with such infrastructure – this is a gigantic step.
“And we are opening this new city hall – this is a gigantic step, said Parkop.
11) $83m for housing
Saturday, July 04, 2015
THE Housing Authority of Fiji has set aside more than $83million for various development projects as it continues to maintain its focus on providing adequate social housing and infrastructure for the people of Fiji.
Under the leadership of new CEO, Joshua Wycliffe, the authority’s multimilliondollar commitment, which is still in the pipeline and planning stages, is expected to meet the growing demand for housing in the country.
Since taking office in March-April this year, Mr Wyclliffe said Housing Authority was in a unique position to deliver on its commitment.
Investments in Matavolivoli, Nadi are expected to cost about $9.7m while $5.4m has been earmarked for developments in Tavua.
An aggregate of $8.8m has been set aside for Tavakubu, Lautoka while $48m and $11.3m have been earmarked for Tacirua and Wainibuku respectively in the Central Division.
“The target for our development team is to make available now and in the next 18 months close to 1200 lots. We are breaking these down into various areas and region in the country.
“So in Matavolivoli we’ll have 420 potential dwellings, about 350 potential dwellings in Nepani, and 220 dwellings in Tavua. For Tavakubu, we are looking at about 900 potential dwellings, and close to 500 dwellings in Tacirua — that’s a wide range the team is working on in terms of being able to deliver,” Mr Wycliffe told this newspaper yesterday.
“Bulk part of this should go into the market fully developed by at least the first quarter of next year — some will go into 2017 but that’s the target for now.”
He said they were also looking at preparing plans for further acquisition, adding his objective was to build collaboration among staff members to stay focused and committed to achieving their set goals and targets. Mr Wycliffe said they had a database of more than 27,000 customers.
* Read more about Housing Authority’s new CEO in next week’s InsideSTORY.Fijitimes
12) Dry spell tops agenda
Sunday, July 05, 2015
DIVISIONAL Government heads in the Western Division are expected to hold a meeting next week with Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau to prepare for the dry spell affecting the country.
Mr Tagicakibau said the meeting was necessary to ensure all State departments were prepared.
“We have a lot of things to discuss and all of the Government departments like health, education, agriculture and other authorities will know what their needs are and what they intend to do to address the upcoming dry spell,” he said.
“What we need is co-operation and an integrated approach so that we are able to bring our resources together to assist people that will need help.
“The main thing is water and making sure that everyone has the necessary amount of water.”
He said district officers and provincial administrators had been tasked with disseminating information to all relevant authorities on the water distribution schedule.
Mr Tagicakibau added that while a budget had been set aside by his office, a request would be made to the Ministry of Provincial Development for further financial assistance.Fijitimes
13) Cyclone Rachel Downgraded; Solomons Still At Risk
Flash floods, landslides still likely from heavy rain
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 3, 2015) – Cyclone Raquel has weakened but forecasters are warning flash floods and landslides are still likely for Solomon Islands.
The Fiji met service says Raquel has been downgraded to a tropical disturbance, but forecasters warn the system is still likely to cause flash floods and landslides for Solomon Islands.
It says the system is 250 kms north of Honiara and travelling east south east at 7 kms.
A spokesperson for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Jess Carey, says people still need to be prepared.
“In the last 24 hours it was almost stationary overnight but still is a category one system where you’ll still be expecting 90 to 100 kilometre per hour gusts. Rainfall well in excess of 100 millimetres in a 24 hour period is likely and with that rainfall you can expect flash flooding and landslides as well.”
Jess Carey says areas south of a cyclone are always the worst affected and rough seas and strong gusts are likely near Honiara and on Guadalcanal over the next few days.
A heavy rain warning is in place for all provinces and Islands.
Meanwhile, the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization have issued health warnings in response to Cyclone Racquel.
The acting permanent secretary, Dr Christopher Becha, says the category one storm could seriously impact health.
He says extreme weather can lead to infectious disease outbreaks, damage health infrastructure and limit access to health care services.
Both agencies have called on the public to maintain safe hygiene practices including hand washing and boiling water before drinking it.
Meanwhile in Guam, the weather service there says tropical storm Chan-hom could become a typhoon within the next 12 hours.
The storm is strengthening as it moves west towards the Northern Marianas and Guam where it is expected to hit at the weekend.
Radio New Zealand International
14) PanAust: Project going well
The National, Friday July 3rd, 2015
THE Frieda River copper-gold project in West Sepik is progressing well under the stewardship of PanAust and joint venture partner Highlands Pacific, PanAust managing director Dr Fred Hess says.
Hess underlined the commitment of the project partners to develop Frieda, adding that significant progress had been on the feasibility study for the project.
During a visit to Port Moresby last month, he met with senior ministers including the Mining Minister and managing director of the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) Philip Samar.
“The project stands to benefit from the support provided by long-term PanAust investor Guangdong Rising Assets Management (GRAM) which recently took control of PanAust after a successful takeover offer.
“The change in control will assist in the realisation of PanAust’s development plans for the project.
“Frieda River remains on track to become a world-class copper-gold operation which will be an important driver of economic growth for local landowners, communities, the provinces of East Sepik and Sandaun and Papua New Guinea as a whole,” Hess said.
Samar noted the good cooperation between government officials and the Frieda River Project.
“The MRA is working closely with PanAust and Highlands Pacific to ensure the full potential of the world-class Frieda River deposit is realised. Bringing the project to production is an important national priority,” he said.
15) Help on the way
Sunday, July 05, 2015
FIJI’S first helpline for women to address issues such as domestic violence is in the pipeline with the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation working towards its establishment.
Women’s Minister Rosy Akbar highlighted in a statement that the women’s helpline will work parallel to the National Child Helpline that is proving to be a success.
“Plans are in pipeline to develop a similar helpline for the women, so that they can report cases and seek information and assistance when dealing with cases of domestic violence.
“There is a need for such a platform to be created. Once the helpline is in place, women can just pick up their phone and dial the toll free number to get advice, assistance of the professional counsellors.
“The child helpline that was launched three months ago has to date received positive reports, well over 1800 calls were made by the children and parents, seeking information and advice on child welfare issues,” Ms Akbar said.
The ministry in partnership with Medical Services Pacific along with Vodafone, Digicel and Telecom Fiji Ltd launched Fiji’s National Child Helpline in April this year.
Mrs Akbar also reiterated on the need for a collaborative approach to address the issues of violence.
“To battle domestic violence in Fiji, requires a co-ordinated effort and partnership between Government ministries and departments, non-government organisations and faith based organisations along with the communities.
“Understanding the existing legislations and laws like Domestic Violence Decree, Child Welfare Decree which is in place.
“It’s also important that communities are made aware of the procedures to access legal services.
“With this the ministry works in partnership with existing stakeholders to provide information and training programs to stop violence,” Mrs Akbar explained.
Ministry’s strengthened partnership with Fiji Police also aims to intensify efforts to tackle issues like domestic violence and child abuse.Fijitimes
16) Men’s basketball beats Nauru
Shalveen Chand On Port Moresby
Sunday, July 05, 2015
THE Fiji men’s basketball team had a flying start in their Pacific Games campaign as they outclassed Nauru 126-52 at the BSP Arena in Taurama, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea on Friday.
The lop-sided affair was predicted before the start as the Fiji men towered over their much shorter opponents and while Fiji was throwing hoops after hoops during the warm-up, Nauru was missing most of theirs.
Fiji started the game with their strongest five and were soon off to a 10-point gap. By the end of the second quarter, the gap was more than 30-points and by the third it was a 40-point difference.
The barrage of points continued in the last quarter as well.
Captain Marques Whippy led his men gallantly and the fans gathered at the newly built arena even got to witness a few slams.
Whippy said the team did great but the real battle was yet to be faced.
“We still have to fix a few aspects of our games especially with the turnovers, and I think that is fixable,” he said.
Assistant coach Frank Saketa said prior to the game the team had no idea how strong Nauru was.
“We started with our strongest team because we wanted to make a statement with our first game. It also allowed us to get into routine as well because we had a chance to test the bench,” Saketa said.
Fiji defeated New Caledonia 79-58 in their second game yesterday.
* Pacific Games coverage courtesy of BSP – Fijitimes
17) Pacific Games: Fiji soccer creates history
SHALVEEN CHAND in Port Moresby
Sunday, July 05, 2015
Update: 3:07PM THE Fiji U-23 soccer team created history by thrashing Federated States of Micronesia 38-0 in the Pacific Games today.
Fiji led the minnows 21-0 at half time and the goal scoring by the Fijians did not stop until the final minute of the match, which went six minutes into extra time.
In 2001, Australia recorded the highest score of 31-0 against American Samoa in a World Cup qualifying match.
On Friday, the Fiji side were held to a 1-1 draw by Vanuatu while Tahiti thrashed FSM 30-0 at the Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.Fijitimes
18) Pacific Games: Tulo wins first gold for Fiji
SHALVEEN CHAND in Port Moresby
Sunday, July 05, 2015
Update: 5:16PM LIFTER, Manueli Tulo has won Fiji’s first gold medal in the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
He lifted 107 kilograms in his third attempt in the snatch category to take the honours.
Tulo is also tipped to win gold medal in the clean and jerk category later today.Fijitimes
19) New Caledonia Pegged As Pacific Games Favorite
Opening ceremonies get under way tomorrow
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 3, 2015) – Papua New Guinea’s Sports Minister says New Caledonia are the biggest threat to top the Pacific Games medal tally.
Basketball, touch rugby, football and table tennis will get the Pacific Games programme underway in Port Moresby this morning, with the opening ceremony tomorrow at the Sir John Guise Stadium.
More than 3000 athletes will contest 28 sports over the next fortnight, while New Zealand and Australia will also make their Games debut.
Justin Tkatchenko said he was confident that Papua New Guinea was completely ready for its hosting duties, and said the Games would showcase and promote the country.
He predicted Papua New Guinea would bring in a sizeable medal haul, but that their biggest challengers would be New Caledonia.
Radio New Zealand International
20) 2 from 2
Shalveen Chand In Port Moresby
Sunday, July 05, 2015
TWO out of two for the Fiji men’s basketball team in the Pacific Games as they defeated New Caledonia 79-58 in the BSP Arena in Taurama, Port Moresby yesterday.
After pulverising Nauru, Fiji had braced for a tough encounter against the defending Games champions and the match was a thriller from the start.
Mataika Koyamainavure sprung to get the ball at the start which saw Johnny Seruvatu get the first points for Fiji.
Fiji had scored six points before New Caledonia registered their first points. It was Fiji’s tough defence and innovative attack that saw them extend their lead to 10 points by the end of the first quarter.
A little lapse in concentration saw New Caledonia just three points adrift at half time. Fiji led 35-32.
Fiji again took control in the third quarter and kept on pushing ahead. Joshua Fox, Marques Whippy and Koyamainavure stood out with their game.
Fiji ended the game with possession and a 21-point lead much to the delight of the Fiji fans.
However, the men’s basketball team has a long journey ahead because after the pool play, Fiji will have to play teams from the other pool and after that the semi-finalists will be decided.
Assistant coach Frank Saketa said they had a game plan.
“We came with a plan and the boys followed the strategy laid out for them which eventuated in the win this afternoon,” he said.
“We came more prepared on the day than they did and this meant the win.”
The win has asserted the men’s team as a hot contender for the gold medal but with the number of the games the team has to play, coach Saula Waqa knows fitness will be the telling factor.Fijitimes
21) Big scores on first day of Pacific Games
4 July 2015
Tahiti’s footballers grabbed the headlines on the first day of competition at the Pacific Games.
The French Territory thumped the Federated States of Micronesia 30-0, including 20 second-half strikes.
Fred Tissot TEE-SO scored six goals in 25 minutes, two players managed five goals and Raimanu Tetauira completed a four-minute hat-trick in stoppage time.
New Zealand began their bid for Olympic qualification with a 2-0 victory against Solomon Islands, Fiji drew with Vanuatu, while hosts Papua New Guinea went down 1-0 to defending champions New Caledonia.
Team PNG’s first win of the Games was a 24-1 victory against Kiribati in men’s touch rugby, while Samoa and Fiji were among the teams to make a winning start in basketball.
Table tennis, touch and basketball will continue their competitions today before the opening ceremony at the Sir John Guise Stadium.
And tomorrow medals will be up for grabs in weightlifting and triathlon.RNZI
22) Four nations in 2023 World Cup bid race
Sunday, July 05, 2015
LONDON – France, Ireland, Italy and South Africa have been confirmed as bidding for the right to stage to the 2023 World Cup, World Rugby has announced.
The quartet all submitted formal expressions of interest before last month’s deadline but the United States, an emerging rugby union nation decided to focus their attention on the hosting of the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
A decision on which country will stage the 2023 World Cup will be made in May 2017.
South Africa staged the World Cup in 1995, when the Springboks won the tournament on home soil, while France played host to the 2007 edition.
However, neither Ireland nor Italy, two of Europe’s elite Six Nations, have been the main hosts of a Rugby World Cup.
“The candidate hosts now have a year to benefit from detailed knowledge-sharing and preparation, including digesting the detailed tender requirements and observing Rugby World Cup 2015 hosting, before the confirmation to tender deadline of June 2016,” said Rugby World Cup tournament director Alan Gilpin in a statement.
“The announcement of the Rugby World Cup 2023 host in May 2017 will also provide the successful union with six years to prepare for the delivery of the event and maximise the benefits of observing the delivery of Japan 2019, the first Rugby World Cup to be hosted in Asia.”
23) Williams sisters set for Wimbledon showdown
Sunday, July 05, 2015
LONDON – Serena Williams has set up a Wimbledon last-16 showdown with sister Venus after surviving a major scare as Maria Sharapova also eased into the second week.
Top seed Serena, bidding for a sixth Wimbledon title and already halfway to a calendar grand slam after wrapping up the Australian and French Opens, defeated unseeded Briton Heather Watson 6-2 4-6 7-5 in a Centre Court thriller.
Watson, the world number 59, served for the match at 5-4 in the final set after being a double break up but her nerve failed her against the 33-year-old American she idolised as a child.
“I’ve had some tough losses but that was probably my toughest match playing Heather in front of her home crowd,” said Serena, who is chasing a 21st Grand Slam title.
“She played unbelievable and really I think she should have won the match.”
Venus, also a five-time champion and playing in her 18th Wimbledon, reached the fourth round with a 6-3 6-2 win over Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic.
Serena will face her 35-year-old sister on Monday for the first time in a grand slam since beating her in the 2009 Wimbledon final.
“We have a lot of respect for each other,” said Venus. “There’s no easy points when we face each other.”
Watson admitted her big chance had passed her by.
“I was two points away from winning the match, so I am pretty disappointed,” said the 23-year-old.