Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1115 ( Monday 3 August )

MELANESIA

2) PNG PM to crackdown on aid middlemen
By Online Editor
11:06 pm GMT+12, 02/08/2015, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea plans to boot out Australian officials working for its government to try to crack down on consultants taking a cut of its aid money.

PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill last week vowed to turf out all foreign advisers by the year’s end.

He laments that so much of development assistance ends up “in the pockets of middlemen and expensive consultants”.

“We don’t want boomerang aid,” he said in a statement on Monday.

Under current arrangements foreigners were occupying positions and doing the work that Papua New Guineans should be carrying out, he said.

“Then when (foreigners) end their contracts they do not leave behind capacity or skills.”

O’Neill is also frustrated the benefits of a PNG-Australia police partnership program are limited as Australian officers are unable to undertake frontline duties because of bureaucratic red tape.

“I cannot imagine being a police officer who is told that if they see a crime being committed he or she has to stand back and watch,” he said.

O’Neil wants to recruit a new batch of foreign police into line positions within the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, so they can lead by example and pass on knowledge and skills.

Australia has 34 public servants on secondment to the PNG government as well as more than 100 technical advisers helping national and provincial governments.

PNG’s announcement took the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade by surprise and discussions are underway.

Comment has been sought from DFAT.

SOURCE: NEWS.COM.AU/.PACNEWS

3) PNG government clamp down on cybercrime

By Online Editor
5:29 pm GMT+12, 02/08/2015, Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea Government will be introducing new laws to crack down on cybercrime, mobile phone abuses and media ownership that will go before Parliament by November this year, Communication Minister Jimmy Miringtoro said on Friday.

“Very soon we will have the Cyber crime legislation which will be tabled in parliament in November and I am expecting also SIM card registration, which is going to come very soon,” Miringtoro said.

The SIM card registration Bill will require the registration of all prepaid mobile phone subscriber identification module (SIM) cards where at present, anyone can buy a prepaid SIM card and use it without filling out any form or being asked to present an ID card.

The prepaid SIM cards are often used for illegal activities because these could not be traced.

“Under the bill, a seller of a prepaid SIM card would require a buyer to fill out a control numbered registration form issued by the mobile phone service provider that owns the SIM card. But all this will be addressed in the instruments before our department.”

He said the buyer would be asked to present clear proof of ID such as passport, driver’s license or any government-issued or valid ID card.

“Sale may be denied if the buyer does not present valid and clear proof of ID.”

Minister Miringtoro said the media ownership bill also expected to come into place is for the Government to acquire 30 – 40 per cent shares and then offload to Papua New Guineans to buy shares in media companies.

He said the Government was tightening its laws on communication and ICT in PNG because of the increase in technology development in the country.

He said these laws would not penalise the companies already set up here in PNG, but would give the people the chance to acquire shares in these companies.

“I am not making these laws because I want to marginalise these companies. It doesn’t mean that I want to penalise any company, no! This is the law that we will use across the board,” he said.

“The companies, they already came here and they have done their part, they are doing extremely well, they are making money, now I don’t. There are laws that need to be tightened in this country and this government is looking closely through my Ministry on the international Gateway ownership – I stress this because a lot of illicit things come through this international gateway,” he said.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS

POLYNESIA

4) American Samoa Senator, Saole Mila, Passes Away
First-term Senator, chaired economic development committee

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 1, 2015) – A senator in American Samoa, Saole Mila, has died.

Saole died in the US city of Seattle on Thursday after an illness that also prevented him from attending the Fono opening last month.

He was a first-term Senator, who until last year was an associate judge of the High Court.

As a senator, he chaired the Senate Economic Development Committee and was a passionate advocate for the needs of his district, which included his home island of Aunuu.

5) Community effort helps fight dengue in American Samoa

Disease control officials in American Samoa says a community approach is the best way to fight dengue in the territory.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control left American Samoa on Friday, after helping the territory respond to the outbreak for two weeks.

Four people died with more than 184 suspected dengue cases recorded.

The acting team leader at the CDC Dengue Fever Branch in Puerto Rico, epidemiologist Tyler Sharp, says the territory is taking dengue fever seriously.

“I see many of the villages and many of the communities actively involved in clean up campaigns all together. Not just one household here, one household there. But whole communities altogether. That’s what really needs to be done for dengue. To prevent dengue, it’s not an individual solution, it’s a community solution, that’s what I’m seeing here, and I’m very pleased to see that.”

Epidemiologist Dr.Tyler Sharp says the territory wide response has been excellent.

3 August 2015 – Radio New Zealand International

6) Academic: Tahiti Forum Bid Could Trigger Domino Effect

Spur other non-independent territories to try to join

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 3, 2015) – An academic says there could be a domino effect of non-independent territories seeking to join the Pacific Islands Forum if French Polynesia achieves membership.

The French territory, which currently has observer status at the Forum, is looking at increasing its involvement in the leading regional body.

A Forum mission has recently been in Tahiti to assess its membership bid.

The director of Massey University’s Pasifika Centre, Malakai Koloamatangi, says while France is reluctant to entertain the idea of its territories becoming independent, it wants to engage more with the region and having Forum membership could help effect this.

“If it works out for the French territories, who knows, American territories might follow suit if it’s shown that joining the Forum in a more meaningful way might be more beneficial for them.”

Radio New Zealand International

MICRONESIA

7) State of emergency in CNMI after typhoon

A state of emergency has been declared for the Northern Marianas a day after Typhoon Soudelor hammered Saipan, Tinian, Rota, and the northern islands.

It had winds of up to 170 kilometres an hour at its centre.

Forecasters say it is intensifying but is now out to sea.

The acting governor Ralph Torres declared a State of Major Disaster and Significant Emergency for the whole Commonwealth after Soudelor battered the islands through Sunday night.

Many trees and houses built of light materials were destroyed by the powerful winds, and more solid concrete buildings lost roofs and windows.

A number of power poles were also downed, some falling on vehicles.

At the local hospital, healthcare staff said they’ve been treating patients with cuts and bruises since early Monday morning.

The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation says collapsed power poles and wires mean the island has no power, water or wastewater services.

It says fallen trees and power poles blocking many roads are hampering their recovery and assessment efforts.

The Corporation says there are also issues with power generation with one of the key power plants out of action.RNZI

AUSTRALIA

8) Industrial action hits Australian airports

AAP
Monday, August 03, 2015

Update: 9:12AM TRAVELLERS at Australia’s international airports can expect major delays today because of industrial action.

Community and Public Sector Union members working for the immigration department will walk off the job for four hours during morning and evening shifts to protest the Abbott government’s attempt to cut their pay and conditions.

Travellers could face long delays during the peak morning period.

Union national secretary Nadine Flood said workers could lose up to $8000 in allowances from their take-home pay.

The allowances compensate workers to long hours, unusual shifts, dangerous work and weeks spent away from family.

Workers from the Agriculture Department’s quarantine section will also participate in industrial action along with the Australian Border Force marine unit which will undertake port bans on loading and unloading stores.

The union says workers in national security, counterterrorism and specialist biosecurity hazard role won’t participate in the action.

TOK PISIN 

9) PNG Mounden paia i kamapim heve long pipal

Updated 3 August 2015, 16:05 AEST
Caroline Tiriman

Ol pipal blong  Manam Island long  Madang province blong Papua New Guinea nau imas kisim ol gutpla wara blong dring, ol marasin na kaikai bihaen long Manam Island Volkeno ibin paiarap long Fonde.

Despla pairap ibin kamapim planti heve long ol pipal long wonem emi bin bagarapim ol gutpla wara na tu ol gaden kaikai.

Director blong  Health long  Madang  Marcus Kachau itok emi bin salim wanpla laen helt ofisa blong en igo long  Manam long  weekend na oli bin painim olsem ples na sidaon blong ol pipal ino gutpla tumas.

Mr Kachau itok wanpla liklik pikinini man ibin kisim bagarap taem wanpla ston ibin pudaon antap long en, tasol emi oraet pinis.

Lastpla taem we Manam ibin pairap em long 2004 taem faifpla pipal ibin dai na klostu ten tausan pipal ibin lusim Manam na go stap long Bogia.

Mr Kachau itok long sait blong helt emi salim  samela offisa blong em igo pinis long painim aut moa long wanem wari long long sait blong helt.

Maunden paia long Manam nau i stap olsem stage 2 alert.ABC

10) Solomon Islands University bai gat turisam skul

Updated 3 August 2015, 15:47 AEST
John Papik

Despla blong helpim ol pipal igat laik long mekim turis bisnis

Long Solomon Islands, National University blong kantri i kamapim wanpela tok orait pinis wantaim Ministri blong Foran Affeas na External Trade, we emi opim rot blong University iken statim skul blong lainim ol yangpela oa husait pipol  em oli laik igo insait long bisnis blong Tourism..

Bisnis blong Tourism long Solomon Islands i bikpela samting tru na inogat inap pipol igat kain save long ronim dispela bisnis olsem na bikpela University blong kantri i kamapim dispela tingting blong halivim pipol em oli laik igo insait long Tourism bisnis.

Dr Gynn Galo vais Jensela blong National University blong Solomon Islands na emi tokim Radio Australia olsem  dispela nau i bikpela as tingting long dispela program i kamap long University.

Tasol pastaim Dr Galo i tok klia moa long dispela tok orait wantaim Ministri blong Foran Affeas na External Trade.ABC

11) Ol Meri Vanuatu i lonchim Gender ekuiti long Palaman

Updated 3 August 2015, 15:32 AEST

Caroline Tiriman

Ol meri Vanuatu i statim pinis olk wok blong helpim planti moa meri long go long Palaman bihaenim 2017 National ileksan.

Tumora ol meri bai lonchim wanpla wok em oli kolim “Coalition Fund for Gender Equity long Vanuatu Palaman” long wanpla bung long Port Vila.

Planti long ol meri husat istap long despla grup ibin resis long 2012 National ileksan, tasol nogat wanpla long ibin winim ileksan.

Despla i min olsem Haus palaman blong Vanuatu nau igat ol man tasol istap long en.

Olsem na ol meri i ting bai oli mas stat wok nau blong lukim olsem ol meri tu imas stap long Palaman.

Jenny Ligo i wanpla long ol meri husat i memba blong despla grup itokim Radio Australia oli mekim despla wok long wonem Palaman imas gat ol meri tu.ABC

12) West Papua Pipal itok sore long dai blong Vanuatu lida

Updated 31 July 2015, 16:16 AEST

Oli tok Edward Natapei em wanpla strongpla sapota blong West Papua pipal

Ol pipal blong West Papua itok oli sore tru na salim bikpla belsore na wanbel igo long ol pipal na Femili blong Praim Minista bifo na lida blong Vanua’ku Pati Edward Natapei em oli bin planim long Port Vila tede.

Mr Natapei krismas blong en 61 ibin holim wok olsem lida blong oposisan taem emi bin dai long Tunde moning.

Vanua’ku Pati ibin redi-im rot blong indipendans em kantri ibin kisim long 1980 na aste oli bin makim 35 yia blong indipendans blong ol.

Stat long taem oli bin kisim indipendans oli save sapotim laik blong ol west Papua pipal long kisim indipendans.

Ronnie Kareni wanpla West Papua Activist long Australia i tokim Radio Australia olsem oli sore tru long dai blong Mr Natapei husat i wanpla strongpla sapota blong West Papua Indipendans.ABC

FRENCH

13a ) Brèves du Pacifique – lundi 3 août 2015

Mis à jour 3 August 2015, 18:41 AEST

Aux Îles Salomon, le gouvernement a donné son feu vert au déversement de millions de litres d’eaux usées dans une rivière de Guadalcanal. 

Ces eaux sont celles de la mine de Gold Ridge. Depuis un an et demi, le bassin de retenue des résidus menace de céder, à cause de plusieurs épisodes de fortes pluies. Les autorités estiment donc qu’il vaut mieux en déverser une partie plutôt que de risquer une fuite géante. Les résidus miniers contiennent des niveaux élevés d’arsenic et de cyanure. L’Organisation mondiale de la santé estime que les habitants pourront continuer à utiliser l’eau de la rivière pour la lessive, la pêche et le jardinage, mais pas pour boire ni cuisiner.
  • En Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, le volcan Manam est entré en éruption vendredi dernier. Les habitants sont appelés à la vigilance, mais on ne sait pas quels sont les impacts réels de cette nouvelle éruption. On sait seulement qu’un nuage de cendres s’échappe du volcan et est dirigé vers l’île principale par les vents. Deux enfants ont été blessés par l’écoulement de pierres, selon la presse locale. Les données sismiques n’ont pas pu être recueillies à cause d’un problème technique. En 2004, une éruption avait causé la mort de cinq personnes. Les 9 000 habitants de l’île de Manam avaient dû être évacués. Certains vivent toujours dans des logements temporaires.
  • La Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée prévient : les personnes dont la demande d’asile a été rejetée doivent se préparer à être expulsées, et pour les apatrides, soit ils resteront dans le centre de rétention australien de Manus, soit ils seront envoyés « ailleurs, y compris dans des établissements pénitentiaires ». Selon les informations recueillies par ABC, 50 personnes sont aujourd’hui concernées.
  • Le président indonésien aura une résidence en Papouasie. Selon l’agence de presse officielle indonésienne, cela permettra à Joko Widodo de se sentir plus proche du peuple papou. Il pourrait s’y rendre trois à quatre fois par an. La localisation précise de la résidence n’a pas encore été arrêtée.
  • Démission surprise du chef de l’armée fidjienne. Officiellement, c’est pour faire carrière dans la diplomatie que le général Mosese Tikoitoga se retire après seulement un an et demi à ce poste.
  • Les 9 millions de dollars offerts par la Chine aux Îles Cook serviront  à la construction d’une école, assure le Premier ministre Henry Puna. L’archipel polynésien doit recevoir l’argent cette semaine, à l’occasion du 50e anniversaire de la Constitution. Pour ces festivités, le gouvernement a notamment acheté vingt voitures, pour un montant d’environ 540 000 dollars. Ces dépenses ont été très critiquées, notamment par les habitants du village de Nikao, qui attendent la construction d’une école depuis des mois. Henry Puna leur promet donc aujourd’hui que le cadeau de la Chine sera consacré en priorité à leur école.
Météo extrême, en Australie : alors que la ville de Hobart, en Tasmanie, est sous la neige, un feu de brousse s’est déclaré dans les Montagnes bleues, à l’ouest de Sydney. 300 hectares de végétation sont partis en fumée, mais les flammes ne menacent pas d’habitations, pour le moment. Les pompiers sont toutefois sur le qui-vive, le vent pourrait attiser les flammes. L’origine du feu n’est pas encore connue.ABC

Les agriculteurs du Pacifique s’allient pour obtenir de meilleurs résultats

Mis à jour 3 August 2015, 18:48 AEST

Pour améliorer leurs récoltes et mieux résister aux catastrophes naturelles, des agriculteurs de la région se rencontrent et échangent leurs savoirs. 

Des cultivateurs des Îles Fidji, des Salomon et des Tonga ont ainsi fait le déplacement la semaine dernière au Vanuatu, dans la province de Shéfa.
Pauliane Basil est la coordinatrice de ce projet du Programme de développement des Nations unies :
« Dans ces communautés, il y a des fermiers qui ont davantage de connaissances, des méthodes de production et des variétés de plants résistants auxquels d’autres n’ont pas forcément accès. »
Un réseau a donc été mis en place pour permettre aux agriculteurs d’échanger leurs réussites, mais aussi leurs échecs. Une aide essentielle, selon Moortaza Jiwanji, le directeur du programme onusien de gestion des risques pour le Pacifique :
« Dans les pays avec lesquels on travaille, on voit que les gens affrontent les mêmes difficultés – le changement climatique et les catastrophes naturelles. Il en va de la sécurité alimentaire de ces pays. Lorsque le cyclone Pam a frappé le Vanuatu en mars dernier, on a vu que dans certains villages, surtout les plus isolés, les gens n’avaient plus rien à manger. C’est un modèle qui se reproduit à chaque catastrophe naturelle. »
Parmi les conseils donnés lors de la réunion au Vanuatu la semaine dernière, il y a la nécessité de cultiver plusieurs variétés de légumes. Les agriculteurs s’échangent aussi parfois des semis plus résistants que la normale.ABC
PACIFIC

14) India to host meeting of 14 Pacific island nations
By Online Editor
8:55 pm GMT+12, 02/08/2015, India

After trying to keep pace with China in relations with Africa and Central Asia, India is now trying to match it neighbour’s growing footprint in the South Pacific.

On August 21, India will host the heads of 14 island nations at the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC), in what is seen as a first step towards greater engagement with the region, which is important from an economic and geostrategic standpoint.

The upcoming summit in Jaipur is expected to pave the way for agreements in agriculture, food processing, fisheries, solar energy, e-networks for coordination in telemedicine and tele-education, space cooperation and climate change, all of which were mentioned as areas of potential cooperation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Fiji in 2014.

Modi had then proposed that FIPIC summits be held regularly. He had set the ball rolling for reinforcing ties with the island nations by announcing visa on arrival for their nationals, funds for small business, line of credit for a co-generation power plant for Fiji, and a special adaptation fund for technical assistance and capacity building for countering global warming.

Even as New Delhi has begun charting out a plan for forging bilateral and regional ties with these island nations, China has significantly expanded its foothold in the region, from increasing business and trade ties to setting up diplomatic missions in each of these countries.

In its report “The geopolitics of Chinese aid: mapping Beijing’s funding in the Pacific”, the Lowy Institute of International Policy says China is now the largest bilateral donor in Fiji and the second largest in the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tonga. The report also says that between 2006 and 2013, China provided $333 million in bilateral aid to Fiji, even more than Australia ($252 million) and almost three times that of Japan ($117 million), while in Samoa and Tonga, the sum of Chinese aid is second only to Australia’s. China’s foray into the South Pacific, which began as a move to offset Taiwan’s interests in the region, is becoming a cause for concern for India, which now wants to have economic and strategic engagements with the 14 island nations.

T.P. Sreenivasan, a former diplomat who served as the head of Mission in Fiji and seven other South Pacific Island States between 1986 and 1989, told The Hindu that India’s strong relations with Fiji, which has considerable influence in the region, was a “strong point” which could help counter the growing Chinese influence.

“Most of the economies in the region are based on agriculture, fisheries and small-scale industries and India’s capacity in these sectors is even better than Europe and China; it can cultivate relations with the island nations based on its technology. Even small investments will make a big impact in these regions; many of these countries send their nationals to India for education though programmes sponsored by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations; so India should make a beginning,” he said.

He said relations with Fiji had improved in India’s favour in the past decade and not only those of Indian origin but also Fijians were friendly towards Indians, which worked to New Delhi’s “advantage”.

SOURCE: THE HINDU TIMES/PACNEWS

HEALTH


14) Muthuvel: Enquiry into PNG’s HIV and Aids status
By Online Editor
8:45 pm GMT+12, 02/08/2015, Papua New Guinea

Chairman of the Special parliamentary Committee on HIV and AIDS Sassindra Muthuvel says they have passed a resolution to conduct an inquiry into the status of HIV and Aids in Papua New Guinea

Muthuvel says the direct and side effects of HIV and Aids are felt at all levels of society and as such his committee will be visiting all provinces.

He is appealing to all governors to support his committee’s work when the inquiry begins.

The committee will visit selected provinces in the four regions.

“This is a fact finding inquiry on the spread and progressive report on the effect of HIV/AIDS on the general population of the country and more importantly the effectives of the national government’s health delivery system in combating this deadly epidemic,” Muthuvel says.

He says this initiative will help the government consider if current interventions are adequate.

They will be requesting information from relevant stakeholders, and working closely with donor and NGOs.

A date for the inquiry is yet to be set.

SOURCE: PNG LOOP/.PACNEWS

15) Home for the homeless

Mavuku Tokona
Monday, August 03, 2015

THE Good Samaritan Inn is now a safe haven for street dwellers to discover the full capacity of their true capabilities through frequent mentoring and counselling.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar led a team to the rehabilitation centre in Colo-i-Suva where the trainees were given the opportunity to interact with Ms Akbar and discuss their plans to acquire a better living for themselves.

Centre manager Reverend Taitusi Vaka said through mentoring and counselling sessions, the men had regained their confidence to realise their true potential.

“We have put them into groups and they are occupied with activities like catering and farming. They plant vegetables like cabbages, tomatoes, capsicum, cassava, dalo and veggies, which are sold to nearby villages and settlements,” he said. Ms Akbar emphasised on the importance of care and compassion as being the key strategy to foster positive changes in these individuals.

“The objective is to help the less fortunate individuals to acquire skills and platforms to earn a sustainable livelihood, without having to beg on the streets.”Fijitimes

POLITIC

16) PNG: Jailed MP Free After Conviction Overturned
Supreme Court ruled on misuse of public funds

By Jeffrey Elapa

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, August 3, 2015) – Jailed Komo Magarima MP Francis Potape is now a free man after his conviction was quashed by the Supreme Court on Friday.

Mr Potape was jailed by the National Court for two and half years in February concurrently for misusing public funds of more than K300,000 [US$97,000] paid as sitting allowances to members of the joint district planning and budget priority committee.

He appealed for bail to appeal against his conviction but was refused by the National Court.

However, Mr Potape did not give up knowing his conviction was wrong and went to the Supreme Court with his lawyer Ian Molley and assisted by Justin Hara.

His appeal was successful when a three-men Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia allowed his appeal, quashed his conviction and set aside his sentence.

The Supreme Court also ordered the matter be remitted to the National Court for retrial before another Judge and that the appellant be discharged from custody forthwith with bail of K10, 000 [US$3,000] be held on the condition that he shall appear for mention in the National Court at 9:30am on the September 7, 2015.

Mr Potape who walked out thanked his Lawyers, for taking his matter up until his release after spending seven months in jail at Bomana.

Mr Potape thanked the Supreme Court bench for upholding the justice system which is a relief for him.

He said it has not been easy fighting battle one after another including the court case against his win in the 2007 in which he went back for a by-election and was re-elected.

“I’m free now after spending seven months in prison and I thank my lawyers and the three-man Supreme Court for a fair decision.

He said he was ready to serve his people after denying their rights for the last seven months and will continue from where he left.

“There should be enough money for the district as I’ve never authorised anyone to access the people’s money. It was a joint district budget priority committee’s decision that I was jailed.

“The problem of Komo Magarima is not money but it’s about leading the people and I’m back to provide the leadership they have missed since my absence,” Mr Potape said.

PNG Post-Courier

17) National Federation Party re-elect Draunidalo as Party President, Chaudry to lead Labour party in 2018 election

By Online Editor
5:01 pm GMT+12, 02/08/2015, Fiji

The National Federation Party has re-elected Tupou Draunidalo as the party president and Parmod Chand as vice-president.

The election was done at their small delegate’s annual general meeting and convention in Suva on the weekend.

Under the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Decree 2013, all registered parties must have their AGM and conventions annually.

Around 50 to 60 delegates made their way to the AGM from all over the country, where they unanimously re-elected Draunidalo as its president and Chand as its vice-president.

Party treasurer is Dalip Kumar and Bala Dass has replaced Kamal Iyer as the general secretary.

Meanwhile, veteran politician Mahendra Chaudhry wants to lead his Fiji Labour Party into the 2018 General Elections.

At the Fiji Labour Party annual delegates conference at the Lautoka Sea Breeze Hotel, the former Prime Minister accepted the party’s request to remain as party leader, despite earlier indicating he could step down.

“I proposed that the party should consider the matter and there was discussion on this and they have resolved that there should not be any change in the leadership for the moment,” he said.

“They have said that the management board should look at the matter but at the moment it is time for the party to consolidate and they did not see a need for a change at this point in time.

“This was an annual delegate’s conference which dealt with party matters as required by the constitution; this is the supreme body of the party which meets once a year.”

Much of the conference was closed to the media and the announcement of Chaudhry’s re-appointment was only made at a press conference afterwards.

Party delegates also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the party, a tumultuous history that has included twice being elected into Government and twice being ousted by coups. In 1987, Dr Timoci Bavadra’s Government was overthrown in a coup led by then Lieutenant-Colonel Sitiveni Rabuka, then in 2000 Mahendra Chaudhry’s Government was overthrown by militants led by George Speight.

Chaudhry showed he had lost little of his appetite for politics, using the press conference to throw a few barbs at the Bainimarama Government.

“The Prime Minister is going around like Father Christmas all over the country distributing goodies and freebees and campaigning in the process; the national consultation on development plan is another FijiFirst campaign at public expense.

“So you can see the lop-sidedness of the whole political scenario here, where the other parties are prevented from doing their rightful duty as Opposition parties.

“The FijiFirst is going all around all over the country at public expense campaigning without any restrictions or constraints.

“I think it is most unethical, you look at the way the Opposition is restricted in Parliament, the Parliament’s not free, being gagged and next year it will sit only for four weeks and we do not know what business they will be able to transact in those four weeks,” he said.

Chaudhry expressed concern about the speculated fall in the price of cane to $50 (US$25) a tonne after the end of preferential access to the European Union markets, assistance for drought-stricken farmers, submissions to the national budget consultation process and also debate on a new national flag.

The Bainimarama Government has already highlighted the various measures it has implemented in anticipation of the end to preferential access to the European markets and drought mitigation.

It has also fully explained the consultation process and objectives.

SOURCE: FIJI SUN/PACNEWS

BUSINESS

18) Mayor launches credit scheme

Source:
The National, Monday August 3rd, 2015

WEWAK town mayor Charles Malenki has taken the lead in restoring confidence in the Sepik Savings and Loans Society Ltd (SSLSL) by launching a credit scheme with the society last week.
SSLSL was forced to shut early this year due to mismanagement and became centre of public criticism but Malenki said the society belonged to people of Sepik and must be revived.
He issued the statement when presenting a cheque for K100,000 to SSLSL chief executive officer Susan Kalinau and her staff at the Wewak district council chambers.
He urged the people to forget mistakes of SSLSL past management and work with the new team to ensure the institution triumphed over its financial woes and achieve positive economic outlook.
Malenki said the credit scheme was established to assist Wewak residents, including informal sector vendors venture into small and medium business enterprises (SMEs), so they fited in with overall urbanisation plan for Wewak town.
“I want to be clear that the scheme will not be politicised because it will be managed independently by SSLSL for the benefit of all residents of Wewak Urban LLG.
“The new district development authority (DDA) calls for self autonomy and I am proud that my LLG has achieved a milestone in terms of providing financial assistance to empower my people,” Malenki said.
He urged those who would be borrowing money to be faithful in repaying their loans so the institution does not run into same problem it had encountered.

19) SMEs focus of new bank centre

Source:
The National, Monday August 3rd, 2015

BANK South Pacific has opened a new business centre in Port Moresby for its small and medium enterprise (SME) customers.
BSP said the SME business centre, located at the Waterfront Food World shopping mall, previously known as BSP Premium, was reprioritised as a dedicated branch to provide services such as account opening and lending for SMEs.
It said with more than 14,000 SMEs using its smart business account with direct access to the smart business loan, the bank was committed to helping with the growth of SMEs in PNG.
“Since 2013, BSP has provided in excess of K40 million in loans to this valuable group of bank customers,” the bank said.
“The smart business loan product was introduced as part of BSP’s strategy to empower the large number of SMEs in Papua New Guinea.
“The product has generated considerable interest around PNG and is gaining momentum with over 800 loans funded.
“Despite the inherent risk associated with small business lending, BSP has developed a process and criteria that suits the capacity of small businesses.”
The smart business loan is accessible to registered SMEs that have traded for more than 12 months and use a business bank account.
BSP said the loan is aimed at SMEs that may experience difficulty in meeting certain commercial lending requirements such as providing financial statements, or contributing equity and loan collateral.

20) Digicel PNG acquires AllcomMcr

By GERALDINE PANAPASA
Monday, August 03, 2015

Update: 12:57PM DIGICEL PNG has acquired information communication technology provider AllcomMcr, a company that has been providing IT and network support services in PNG for the past eight years.

Digicel Business Solutions Pacific head of ICT Gary Cobain said AllcomMcr’s combination of expertise and experience, and Digicel’s network capability and country-wide presence would result in greater efficiencies.Fijitimes

21) New chocolate making trade begins in Solomon Islands

3 August 2015

It is hoped a training programme for cocoa farmers in Solomon Islands will open a new market for the first ever locally made chocolate products.

A group of cocoa farmers are learning to become Solomon Islands’ first chocolate makers.

The training programme was conducted by Nat Bletter and David Elliot, the co-founders of the award winning Madre chocolate in Hawaii.

Mr Bletter says local beans have normally been exported to bigger countries, but the training will allow farmers to make their own chocolate.

“They can process it into cacao through popsicles which are made or chocolate drinks to replace their Milo or the chocolate bananas, even better for them. And many of them said ‘Yeah, I’m not going to drink Milo in the morning anymore. I’m just going to drink my own chocolate.”

Nat Bletter.RNZI

22) Company embarks on Holiday Inn renovation

By ROPATE VALEMEI
Monday, August 03, 2015

Update: 1:13PM THE Fiji National Provident Fund’s subsidiary hotel will showcase its first set of rooms with fresh new look later this year which will help to cement it as the preferred choice for locals and visitors to Suva for many more years to come.

The FNPF Hotel Resorts Limited announced it has embarked on a significant renovation of Holiday Inn Suva.

This is the first significant renovation for Holiday Inn Suva since acquisition in 2005.

Fund’s chief investment officer Jaoji Koroi says this will improve the product offering and increase the value of the investment to the FNPF members.Fijitimes

INFRASTRUCTURE

23) PNG’s Beleaguered Power Co “On Verge Of Collapse”

Widespread misuse and mismanagement of funds

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 3, 2015) – Papua New Guinea’s public enterprises minister says the country’s electricity provider, PNG Power, is broke and in deep cash flow shortage.

Ben Micah says the company is on the verge of collapse due to widespread misuse and mismanagement of money, including funds given by MPs for rural electrification projects.

The Post Courier reports that Mr Micah was responding to a question in parliament by the Angoram MP, Salio Waipo, who asked why no progress has been made on the Wewak to Angoram power project, despite 3.6 million US dollars being paid to PNG Power.

Mr Micah says that last year, PNG Power had an overdrawn bank account of 14 million US dollars, and has only managed to recoup 6.5 million from outstanding power bills and other costs.

He says he will prepare a detailed report on the financial status of the company.

Radio New Zealand International

LAW&ORDER

24) PNG govt indicates move to outlaw guns

3 August 2015

Guns could be banned in Papua New Guinea under legislation that the government says it is preparing for parliament.

The Post Courier reports prime minister Peter O’Neill saying the country doesn’t need firearms to control law and order.

He says he will be speaking to the Police Commissioner and other leading officials about legislation to ban firearms.

This follows parliamentary comments by the Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas that if PNG outlaws guns, it would go a long way towards maintaining law and order.

Mr O’Neill says he agrees that PNG does not need firearms, indicating his government is serious about legislation to that effect.

He made reference to the recent Pacific Games in PNG where his government made a decision for the disciplinary forces to be unarmed during the duration of the Games.

The prime minister says that to control law and order in PNG, firearms are not needed, but rather it is about the respect of the community, respect of the police officers.

While he said his feeling was that PNG should ban firearms completely across the country, observers suggest a staggered process, providing for restricted use of guns for officers, may be preferrable.RNZI

25) PNG PM looks to combat human trafficking

3 August 2015

Papua New Guinea’s prime minister says his government will look to engage its regional partners to establish a more formal network to track and detain vessels with slaves on board.

Peter O’Neill has issued a statement following the detention by PNG authorities in conjunction with the International Organisation for Migration of a foreign fishing vessel carrying at least eight apparent victims of forced human trafficking a week ago.

The alleged victims rescued from the vessel are of Cambodian and Myanmar nationality and are being accommodated in a safe location until arrangements can be made to repatriate them.

The 19 other crew on the Blissful Reefer have been taken to Port Moresby for further processing.

Mr O’Neill has expressed disgust that human trafficking takes place in the Asia-Pacific and has committed PNG’s support to develop regional solutions to put an end to this exploitation.

He says the challenge presented by this case is to find the organisers of what he calls a “disturbing trade in human suffering”.RNZI

26) Fiji says they weren’t consulted over trafficking report

3 August 2015

Fiji’s employment minister says the government was not consulted by the US State Department for its 2015 Human Trafficking Report.

The report found that Fiji is a source country for women and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour.

It also found Fiji to be a transit country for Asian men and women subjected to forced labour and prostitution.

But the employment minister, Jioji Konrote, told FBC that the government wasn’t consulted for the report.

He says a team from his ministry has been tasked to look into the matter and refute the claims made by the United States where necessary.RNZI

27) FIU lobbies for phone tapping to combat money laundering

By Online Editor
9:01 pm GMT+12, 02/08/2015, Fiji

Fiji is not complying with international standards of protecting the country from the enrichment or financing of weapons of mass destruction.

The Fiji Financial intelligence Unit (FIU) Director Razim Buksh told FBC NEWS, authorities need to be allowed to begin phone tapping to detect and solve such cases.

Buksh says to enable the Fiji Police Force to effectively investigate complex crimes like money laundering and cyber crime they must have the ability to intercept communication.

“The international standards says that the law enforcement agencies must be empowered with additional tools and powers to be able to effectively discharge there investigative role, and the areas of deficiencies we see is that the legal frame work does not allow our Police Force to undertake undercover operations to undertake intercepting of communications including phone, including inability of our law enforcement in terms of legal powers to assess computer systems and control deliveries.”

All foreign investors are thoroughly screened by the Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit before they do business to avoid Fiji being a black market economy says Director Razim Buksh.

Buksh says Fijians should be rest assured that all investors are thoroughly screened and checks and balances are done before they put the money for investments.

“We don’t entertain criminals or criminal proceeds into Fiji, so that’s one of the major role that the Financial Intelligence Unit has and last year in 2014, we received 20 such requests from government agencies and we screened 37 entities and twenty four individuals this would be the foreign investors”.

The Financial Intelligence Unit under the Financial Transactions Reporting Act is empowered to conduct due diligence for government agencies and investment Fiji.

The Fiji Financial intelligence Unit in the next two months will undergo an assessment by the Asia Pacific Group on money laundering.

Like all other countries Fiji has to comply with requirements for combating money laundering.

SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS

28) Fiji Labour concerned over military resignation

3 August 2015

The Fiji Labour Party says the people of Fiji need an explanation for the sudden resignation of Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga as the military commander.

Mr Tikoitoga says he is to become a diplomat and told local media there is no rift between the Government and Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

But the Labour Party’s President, Lavinia Padarath, says this comes on the heels of reports of dissatisfaction in the military at the actions of the Attorney General and revelations of improper use of public funds in the Auditor General’s reports.

Ms Padarath says Labour is particularly concerned at comments made in the Fiji Times by the acting commander, Viliame Naupoto, that Mr Tikoitoga was “not untouchable”.

She says this was highly unprofessional and calls into question Mr Naupoto’s competence for the job.

Ms Padarath also says the Constitutional Offices Commission, cannot delegate its authority to name a replacement or acting replacement, to the Chairman, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.RNZI

CLIMATE CHANGE,CONSERVATION,ENVIROMENT

29) Trough of low preasure moves over the group

By SHAYAL DEVI
Monday, August 03, 2015

Update: 1:45PM A trough of low pressure is slowly moving over the Fiji Group but the Fiji Meteorological Services is not expecting an increase in rainfall this week.

Principal scientific officer Misaeli Funaki says the trough is expected to move away from Fiji in the coming days.

“Nonetheless, another trough is expected to move onto the group on Friday, which will bring some showers over certain parts of Fiji,” he said.Fijitimes

30) PNG eruption may lead to breathing problems

3 August 2015

Disaster officials in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea say there are concerns locals may suffer respiratory problems after the eruption of Manam Volcano on Friday.

A team sent to survey the impact reported a layer of ash up too 2 centimetres thick covering much of Manam Island.

The head of Provincial Disaster Management, Danny Aloi, says a child who was hit in the head with pellets blown out of the volcano is the only person known to have been hurt by the explosion.

Mr Aloi says the ash has ruined crops and created a food and water shortage on the island.

“We are now in the process of adressing the issues, most importantly the issue of clean water supply and some medical supplies. The national disaster centre is very much aware of it. There is a team that is going back to assess that.”

Danny Aloi

In November 2004, a major eruption killed five people and forced the emergency evacuation of over 9000 residents.

Many of them are still living in temporary housing on the mainland.RNZI

31a ) Pacific Nations Make Climate Change Plea At UN

Seek financial and technical assistance, prioritization

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 31, 2015) – More than a dozen small island nations have made an urgent appeal to the UN Security Council for help in combatting climate change, which they say poses a threat to their existence.

The council heard pleas from ministers and ambassadors from Pacific states such as Kiribati, Fiji, Samoa, Niue and the Marshall Islands, and Caribbean countries like St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The island states want financial and technical assistance, to help avoid being washed away in the rising tides and powerful storms caused by global warming.

The president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, says the plight of smaller islands for too long has been at the bottom of the list of priorities of the United Nations and other global organisations.

He expressed hopes the concerted appeal by the Small Island Developing States would help change that.

The SIDS nations said they have made appeals in the past – mostly in vain – for global powers to address the unique and acute impact they fact from climate change.

The difference now is that New Zealand is the currently president of the 15-member Security Council.

Radio New Zealand International

31b) ‘Tsunami bomb’ tested off New Zealand coast

By Online Editor
5:04 pm GMT+12, 02/08/2015, New Zealand

A top secret operation, code-named “Project Seal”, tested weapons which were feasible and a series of 10 large offshore blasts could potentially create a 33-foot tsunami capable of inundating a small city doomsday device as a possible rival to the nuclear bomb.

About 3,700 bombs were exploded during the tests, first in New Caledonia and later at Whangaparaoa Peninsula, near Auckland.

The plans surfaced when New Zealand based author and film-maker, Ray Waru who examined military files buried in the national archives during research in a report in The Telegraph.

“Presumably if the atomic bomb had not worked as well as it did, we might have been tsunami-ing people,” said Waru.

“It was absolutely astonishing. First that anyone would come up with the idea of developing a weapon of mass destruction based on a tsunami … and also that New Zealand seems to have successfully developed it to the degree that it might have worked.”

The project was launched in June 1944 after a US naval officer, E A Gibson, noticed that blasting operations to clear coral reefs around Pacific islands sometimes produced  a large wave, raising the possibility of creating a “tsunami bomb”.

Waru said although the the initial testing was positive the project was eventually shelved in early 1945, however New Zealand authorities continued to produce reports on the experiments into the 1950s. Experts concluded that single explosions were not powerful enough and a successful tsunami bomb would require about 2 million kilograms of explosive arrayed in a line about five miles from shore.

“If you put it in a James Bond movie it would be viewed as fantasy but it was a real thing,” he said.

“I only came across it because they were still vetting the report, so there it was sitting on somebody’s desk [in the archives].”

Forty years after the joint testing, New Zealand faced a dramatic breakdown in its security ties with the US after it banned the entry of US nuclear-armed ships from entering its warters during the 1980s. The dispute led to the US downgrading its relationship with New Zealand from an “ally” to a “friend”..

SOURCE: WORLD BULLETIN/PACNEWS

MINING,FORESTRY,AGRICULTURE,FISHERIES

32) Gulf gas volume is bigger: Expert

Source:
The National, Monday August 3rd, 2015

By MALUM NALU
THE Papua (Gulf) LNG project can easily surpass the K19 billion PNG LNG project, it has been revealed.
PNG oil and gas expert Peter Ken Gemar, who runs a mineral, mining, and oil and gas exploration consultancy, said the volume of gas in Gulf was bigger.
Ken Gemar believes that the new field at Triceratops is bigger than Elk-Antelope.
“So we’re definitely looking at big numbers in this place (Gulf),” he said.
Ken Gemar said from his experience in Saudi Arabia, no exact figure could be given as new reservoirs would be found.
“I see the same story in Gulf. I’m talking 25 years from now. In our lifetime they will happen.”
Ken Gemar said Gulf needed the support of all provinces to make the LNG project happen.
“Before it gets in, we need to get our agreement locked in and done properly,” he said.
He said a Gulf gas hub should be established at where all kinds of business could be done at special purpose vehicles (SPVs).
These included agriculture, power, manufacturing, medicine, processing of iron ore, and others.
Ken Gemar said condensate was an industry on its own which could be developed at this gas hub.
“We have the resources to develop all these industries for the next 25 years based on 15 TCF, we can do it,” he said.
Petroleum and Energy Secretary Rendle Rimua agreed with Ken Gemar.
“Only in Gulf, we have about 14.85 TCF, and as I said, these numbers never come down,” he said.
“They will continue to go up, they will appreciate over time. Elk is sitting on 8TCF. We’re thinking that it will not go down.
“We have 14.85 TCF but it could be 15. In the next six months it could be 20. May be 10 years from now, it’s going to be 30. That’s going to keep appreciating.”

33) French firm to operate PRL 15

Source:
The National, Monday August 3rd, 2015

FRENCH oil and gas giant Total SA has become the operator of Petroleum Retention Licence 15 in Gulf – as of last Saturday – following an agreement with InterOil.
In February, InterOil announced that the PRL 15 Joint Venture, which is developing the Elk-Antelope gas discovery as the Papua LNG Project, had unanimously appointed Total E & P PNG Ltd as the operator, subject to an agreed transition plan.
InterOil chief executive officer Dr Michael Hession welcomed the agreement with Total.

“We now look forward to Total bringing its global LNG experience and resources to Elk-Antelope to develop what we anticipate will be the world’s lowest cost LNG project,” Hession said.

34) New South Pacific Tuna Treaty Negotiations Begin
Currently operating under interim agreement for 2015

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 3, 2015) – Fresh negotiations will get underway this week to reach a new agreement on the South Pacific Tuna Treaty.

The treaty was first implemented in 1987 between the US government and Pacific island countries.

Our correspondent in Pago Pago says American Samoa will be watching the talks as its two tuna canneries depend on sufficient fish supply for their survival.

An interim agreement, valid only for 2015, allows the US purse seiner fleet to fish in the exclusive economic zones of the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries members.

The meeting is set for the 3rd to 5th of August in Brisbane.

Radio New Zealand International

35) Confidence in fisheries

Source:
The National, Monday August 3rd, 2015

INVESTMENT by private sector in the country’s fisheries reflects the confidence that investors have in PNG, National Fisheries Authority managing director John Kasu says.
He said two new project agreements would result in two new canneries by Dong Wong of Korea and Halisheng of China at Malahang in Lae soon.
Kasu was speaking during opening of an ice plant built and to be operated by Philippines company, General Santos (GS) Marine Ltd, at Voco Point in Lae, last Friday.
The plant was established to serve demand for ice by local fishermen in the province who come into town to sell their catch.
“The Government is committed to ensuring that the full potential of these fisheries investments is reached by initiating developments within Voco Point to become a hub for small to medium fisheries businesses and supporting Morobe provincial government with the Wagang Dedicated Fisheries Wharf.
Better facilities for offloading of fish would have a direct impact on the volume of fish available for processing in Lae.
“The Government through NFA has invested vast amount of resources towards supporting sustainable coastal fisheries development in PNG,” he said.
Kasu said the success of these programmes were however limited to addressing food security issues. “We have not seen growth in the number of active fisheries corporative groups or small to medium fisheries businesses,” he said.
“NFA is now working with partners to improve that.
“I am therefore, pleased to see this investment by the private sector and want to us working together to get some successful fishing corporatives or small to medium fisheries enterprise.”

36) New ice plant to help Morobe fishermen

Source:
The National, Monday August 3rd, 2015

FISHERMEN in Morobe will now benefit from an ice plant to keep their catch safe for almost 10 days after being caught, thanks to National Fisheries Authority (NFA) and General Santos (GS) Marine Ltd.
An ice plant, which would produce 80 metric tonnes of ice per day, was officially opened at Voco Point in Lae, last Friday.
The Philippines company is renting space and facilities for the plant from NFA.
NFA managing director John Kasu said the plant was first of its kind in the country to serve local fishermen, apart from bigger processing plants which have their own.
“It’s more or less for the smaller people, our coastal fishermen,” Kasu said.
“The whole idea is basically for the fishermen to come in, bring their fish in and sell to the market and at the same time they pick up ice from here and then they can bring back and catch more fish.”
GS Marine chairman Andrestine Tan said the ice making facility had capacity to produce a minimum of 80 metric tonnes per day or 670 solid blocks of ice at 130kg per block.
“This ice making facility will go a long way in supporting the growth of small scale fishing operators and other groups of fishing corporative in Lae city and other nearby provinces,” Tan said.
“The key objective is to develop a fish trading or marketing in Lae City.
“This will be established whereby GS Marine Ltd will arrange for a number of fishing groups to sell their catches to the facility and arrangements will be entered into with
respective supermarkets, hoteliers and catering companies to source their fresh fish supplies.
“Some potential fish traders that will engage may transport the fresh fish to any nearby provinces.”
The plant could supply either in block or crashed ice depending on buyers’ preferences and should be open for business this week.

Tan noted that price would be 50 per cent lower than existing sold in shops.

WOMAN,YOUTH,CHILD

37) Violence against kids, women on the rise

Source:
The National, Monday August 3rd, 2015

VIOLENCE against innocent women and children is on the rise and threatening their lives, according to the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Family Welfare.
Committee chairman and Jimi MP Mai Dop tabled a statement in Parliament on Friday.
“The rate of violence against women and children is on the rise in our country, threatening lives of innocent women and children,” he said.
“This has attracted the attention of the media, the Government, general public, and humanitarian organisations both locally and overseas.
“Up to 66 per cent of them have gone through these experiences almost every day of their lives.
“The scenario is alarming and people, especially our women and children, are not at liberty to move about freely in their land.
“Thus, it will affect the socio-economic activities of our developing nation if this is not addressed immediately.”

38) Workshop for businesswomen

Source:
The National, Monday August 3rd, 2015

AN American expert on women’s entrepreneurship will be in Papua New Guinea to lead a workshop for women entrepreneurs in the country.
Samira Cook Gaines will be visiting Port Moresby and Lae next week to give women entrepreneurs the insight and skills they would need to get ahead in business.
The visit is part of the United States Embassy’s women’s empowerment speaker series, which brings US experts to PNG, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu to provide skill-building and professional development opportunities for women.
Gaines serves as the chief of civil rights and economic empowerment for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), an organisation that provides resources for community development corporations, local and state government agencies and women-owned business associations.

During her visit, Gaines will highlight the importance of women’s entrepreneurship to PNG’s economic development and growth.

EVENT

39) Mudaliar is queen

Mavuku Tokona
Monday, August 03, 2015

SHERYL Mudaliar was crowned the queen as the Vodafone Tebara Carnival culminated in Nausori on Saturday night.

“I’m very overwhelmed and I’m very proud and very happy that I’ve been given this opportunity and I think more so now it becomes my responsibility to represent the Nausori district in the Miss Fiji pageant and I think that’s a great load on my shoulders and I will try to do that to the best of my abilities,” Ms Mudaliar said.

“It’s a great opportunity to be part of the revival festival and I think it’s just a really proud moment because Nausori is moving forward to something greater and I’m very proud to be part of the movement.”

Ms Mudaliar, who was sponsored by Alvin Electrical and co-supported by Koronivia Community Post, advocated for a healthy lifestyle to combat non-communicable diseases.

“I’m advocating on NCDs and I feel it’s a rising issue in our country and the Pacific and we as Fijians need to take some responsibility for our health because 80 per cent of the deaths in our country is due to this and we can’t afford to lose so many Fijians.”Fijitimes

SPORT

40) Manly set for blockbuster

Aap
Monday, August 03, 2015

SYDNEY – Emotions will be running high at Brookvale Oval on Friday when resurgent Manly host South Sydney as Rabbitohs back-rower Glenn Stewart returns to his old homeground with a chance of ending the Sea Eagles’ finals hopes.

In a promoter’s dream, much of the build-up is sure to centre around Stewart and Manly coach Geoff Toovey.

Manly chairman Scott Penn recently revealed the decision to axe long-time Sea Eagle Stewart played a part in the decision to sack Toovey last week.

Stewart’s dumping caused a major disruption at the Sea Eagles, culminating with him joining Souths and fellow Sea Eagles stalwart Anthony Watmough signing with Parramatta.

41) NRL getting like soccer: Bennett

Aap
Monday, August 03, 2015

SYDNEY – The NRL is getting more like English soccer when it comes to the treatment of coaches, according to Wayne Bennett.

The veteran mentor’s assertion comes in the wake of sackings this week of Manly’s Geoff Toovey and Bennett’s former assistant at Newcastle, Rick Stone, who was axed by the Knights last Monday.

Toovey’s side demolished Bennett’s competition leaders Brisbane 44-14 in Gosford on Saturday night and the supercoach was quick to show his support for the former Manly halfback.

“We’re certainly getting more like English soccer, I know that much … where the managers get replaced pretty often. The best clubs and the most successful clubs are the ones that have the most stable organisation,” he said.

Bennett said he couldn’t see Toovey coaching anywhere else in the NRL straight away.

“I saw him get interviewed the other day … he has a great attachment to Manly and I think that will be the difficult part … not wanting to be a part of them,” he said.

“But he also made the point that needs a bit of time away from the game, so that will probably sort him out.”

Toovey became just the sixth coach in Manly’s history to coach 100 first grade matches, winning 58 of his games in charge.

42) Aussies wary of Proteas in NWC

Aap
Monday, August 03, 2015

SYDNEY – They sit five world-rankings spots lower than Australia, but Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander will still be wary of South Africa at the Netball World Cup.

Why? Because they’re coached by Norma Plummer.

Plummer, who guided her native Australia to back-to-back world titles in Auckland and Singapore, recently took over at the helm for the world No.6 Proteas.

When the World Cup starts next Friday, the revered 70-year-old will have been in the role for less than two months.

Alexander didn’t doubt what her Diamonds predecessor could bring to them, even in such a short space of time.

“They’re going to be improved, and that’s what I’ve already heard out of Africa,” Alexander said.

“I’ve got a couple of contacts over there, and they tell me that South Africa has definitely improved under Norma’s coaching.

“You would expect that, she’s going to provide that great intelligence and tactical knowledge that she’s built up over many, many years.

“That’ll give the South African players a lot of confidence about what they do, and they’re a really good team and very difficult to play on, so they’re going to provide a great challenge as well.”

South Africa have twice earned medals at the global showpiece, securing bronze in Perth in 1967 and silver in Birmingham in 1995, but they haven’t finished higher than fifth at the last four editions.

Plummer’s appointment in June came at such short notice she says she didn’t even know all the players’ names when she flew to South Africa for the squad’s Diamond Challenge series with Malawi, Zambia and Uganda.

In the past week the Proteas lost both warm-up Tests against the world No.2 Silver Ferns — a promising 68-44 defeat in Hamilton followed by a 67-28 thumping in Auckland.

Plummer says her side have the quality and commitment to do well on the world stage, but simply haven’t had enough time to tackle much of the finer technical work.

When it came to picking a World Cup winner this week, Plummer knew who she was going with.

“I can’t help but tip Australia, I think the depth in the whole team and where it’s at is pretty strong.”

43) Hayne chases NFL spot

Aap
Monday, August 03, 2015

LOS ANGELES – Jarryd Hayne’s NFL dream will soon face its toughest test when practice becomes full contact and 140kg defensive linemen in helmets and pads are launching themselves at him.

The former NRL star isn’t concerned.

Hayne’s workouts with the San Francisco 49ers have been without helmets and pads so far, but that will change on Tuesday.

“I’m sure there will be times there I get smashed and I run a little bit too upright,” Hayne told the Bay Area News Group.

“But that’s part of the learning curve.

“I don’t have fear in that.”

Hayne spoke to reporters before the 49ers held their first full-team practice on Saturday.

The biggest knock on Hayne from teammates and coaches is he runs too upright for a running back.

Standing 188cm, Hayne is considered tall for the position and presents a large target if he attempts to shoot through holes in the defensive line running in the same upright style that made him a match winner with the Parramatta Eels, NSW and Australian rugby league teams.

Reggie Bush, a 10-year veteran running back, was full of praise for Hayne’s work ethic but said that first NFL hit will be a new experience for him.

“The first time somebody puts a helmet down and puts it in your chest, it’ll change,” Bush said.

“It comes with time and experience.

“It’s hard without pads, because football is a different game with pads on.

“He’ll be fine.”

Running backs are also vital in blocking defenders from reaching the quarterback.

The 49ers’ expected starting running back Carlos Hyde, who is rooming with Hayne during training camp, had a simple message for Hayne on how to hit rampaging defenders.

Hyde said Hayne needed “to bring the wood”.

“I hope that stuck in his head,” Hyde said.

The next few weeks will be crucial for Hayne, with the 49ers cutting their 90-man squad to 75 on September 1, then to the 53-man roster for the regular season on September 5.

The 49ers play their first exhibition match on August 15 against the Houston Texans.

Hayne said minor foot surgery he recently had in Australia to remove a cyst had left him at about 80 to 90 per cent healthy.

44) Pacific Special Olympic teams succeed

3 August 2015

Team Fiji’s Special Olympics World Games campaign has seen more success.

Esther Molly who won gold in the 100 metres last week bagged another gold medal in the mini-javelin throw while Sikeli Nakoivalu won a bronze in the same even and Adi Asenaca Ranadi Rokorairuku won a bronze in the 200 metres.

The Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Iliesa Delana says the medals are a great achievement with over 6500 athletes competing at the event.

American Samoa nab a gold

American Samoa’s team to the Special Olympics World Games will return home with one gold medal and two bronze medals.

The gold was won by Justin Lutu in the mens one hundred meter dash.

Justin ended the race in second place but the winner was disqualified and he was awarded the gold medal.

Apati Tua won a bronze medal for the womens one hundred meter dash.

Lauren Meredith also won a bronze medal in shotput.

American Samoa’s unified soccer team lost the bronze medal match to the Philippines by a score of 4-3.RNZI

w: www.voiceofmelanesia.com

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