Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1116 ( Wednesday 5 August )
1) Intaviu wetem Radio New Zealand:
Isiu blong state land leases mo niufala Minista blong Lands
Mi bin mekem wan intaviu wetem Radio New Zealand International long isiu blong state land leases mo ol plan blong niufala Minista blong Lands, mo yu save ridim intaviu ia longples ia.
Mi kopi text blong intaviu tu daon.
Ta, MP Ralph Regenvanu.
Vanuatu’s Lands Minister Paul Telukluk has been criticised by the man he succeeded in the role for trying to stop a case against senior staff at the Department of Lands.
The case was lodged by Transparency International after it emerged that a former minister, Steven Kalsakau, had deliberately undervalued state land properties for the benefit of staff.
Mr Telukluk took up the Lands Minister portfolio for in June, despite an ombudsman report in the mid-1990s recommending he “should not be considered for a ministerial portfolio in any future Government”.
The previous Lands Minister, Ralph Mr Regenvanu, told Johnny Blades that Mr Telukluk’s move goes against the public interest.
RALPH REGENVANU: Unfortunately the new minister said that he’s going to stop the case. Whether he can stop the case is another issue, because the state has already consented to the fact that the issuing of the leases was unlawful, and in fact the complainant is Transparency International, so that’s one question. But simply the stated intention to withdraw the case or stop the case leaves a lot to be questioned because of all the land that is involved, which is the last remaining prime vacant land in Port Vila and Luganville which could be used for public purposes. So it really goes against the grain of what I believe, you know, ministers of land and governments should be doing which is always acting in the public interest. Obviously in this case it’s a very clearly politically motivated action which is not at all in the public interest, and it’s largely because the Minister of Lands is a close colleague and in the same political grouping as MP Steven Kalsakau, who is the guy who issued the leases, so it’s really disappointing to see.
JOHNNY BLADES: What can you do about it?
RR: As the MP for Port Vila I’m just making everyone aware and I’m informing the Prime Minister and MPs in Port Vila and Luganville, including of course the deputy Prime Minister who is the MP of Port Vila, Moana Carcasses, and the Minister of Finance, Willie Jimmy, letting them all know what the implications of allowing this case to be withdrawn will be which is the loss of significant public assets, an awful lot of money let alone the areas available for public use in the future. I’m glad that the deputy Prime Minister has already said that he will not tolerate the minister withdrawing the case as has the Lord Mayor of Port Vila who is from the UMP which is one of the parties in the current government, so I hope that that kind of public awareness and pressure will make the government prevent the current minister from being able to do anything about the case and just allow it to continue.
JB: And are you concerned about other areas of, you know, management of land — customary or state — that the new minister might be going to tinker with, particularly in the areas where you had ushered in some reforms?
RR: Yeah the new minister has announced that he will repeal all the reforms that we did over the last two years, so that’s quite disturbing considering that the reforms were done on the basis of recommendations from consultations and reviews going back over ten years, and also considering the extent of work we did with the Council of Chiefs on it. But it remains to be seen whether that’s just talk or whether there will actually be some attempt to repeal the laws, I’ve heard that the rhetoric’s been toned down recently, and now they’re not longer talking about repeal they’re talking about review, and of course because we changed the constitution when we changed the land laws any attempts to further amend the land laws would have to get the approval of the National Council of Chiefs, so I’m hopeful on that front as well because the National Council of Chiefs are very supportive of the recent changes, so I don’t see them able to consent very easily to a repeal. Perhaps it might be reviewed, and that in a manner that’s in the public interest, I think that would be OK.
JB: Because I suppose the chiefs, their role is fundamental to some of the reforms, or some of the protections you put in place, weren’t they, in terms of identifying and managing customary land?
RR: Yes, well the Malvatumauri (council of chiefs) were the ones who endorsed the treaty resolutions of the land summit which have all been implemented into the land reform and also of course the land reform returned the power to determine customary land ownership back to the chiefs away from the courts, and that was a huge change for chiefs and it was the first time really that the local level customary officials have been directly empowered, whereas people can’t action the decisions of local institutions anymore to a higher court, that avenue’s been stopped by the new law so they were very happy with that return — it was a seen as a return of the power of the chiefs to be able to determine customary ownership so I don’t think they’re going to take very lightly to anyone trying to change that.
JB: Paul Telukluk, how is it that someone who has form like that can get back in the position again after so many, I guess, red flags in those reports and so forth?
RR: Well it obviously shows that our accountability system has a lot to be desired. There’s an ongoing review now of the Ombudsman Act and the Leadership Code which submissions closed for a few months ago, so I think if those reviews are carried through into amendments then we should not see this kind of thing happening again.
JB: And do you expect he will change the mechanism whereby the lands minister has direct authority over the sale of state land, which you changed?
RR: From what I’ve heard, it’s one of the areas he’s targeting, that he wanted to see the land management planning committee removed because it was obstacle to the decision-making power of the minister, and obviously he doesn’t understand that that was exactly why it was put in so that the minister alone doesn’t have the unfetted discretion to dispose of state land as he wants, but actually it goes to a committee including the minister and other agencies and the government planning agencies and so one, and then has to be approved by the council ministers, not the minister because of so many abuses by ministers in the past.
2) Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 4 August 2015
- the burial of the highly respected Leader of the Opposition Edward Natapei, on his home island Futuna. It was covered with reverence and respect by all the daily news media.
- Daily Post led with news that the ministerial decision of earlier Lands Minister Steven Kalsakau to offer a Tassiriki waterfront lease in public parklands at only 1.4% of its value was invalid and the lease was quashed. The lease had been issued for part of the green space where the rowing club could participate in their water sports. The “SPK” family Kalo, also implicated in land sales of much government land around the Joint Court area, had been the beneficiary of Minister Kalsakau’s decision.
- The government has assisted local communities with some 32m vatu worth of agricultural tools according to Radio Vanuatu News yesterday lunchtime. Many thousands or hundreds of bush knives, axes, crowbars and spades are said to have been handed over in the Department of Agriculture for distribution to farmers to assist in garden restoration after cyclone Pam.
- The current Vanuatu Times has the Bank South Pacific still keen to take over Westpac operations here and in the Solomons, but Reserve Bank (RBV) Governor Athy still advising the time is not yet right.
- Vanuatu Times also has the 2012 alleged mutiny by police file closed. The Public Prosecutor has entered a nolle prosequi case in the matter.
- Your editor contributed to Daily Post today with his information that, unlike he had been suggesting Saturday, the bribery case involving government ministers and MPs, might not be heard under the penal code. This was corrected. Bribery and corruption charges have been listed by the Acting public Prosecutor according to both the Leadership Code and Penal Code. Details of the charges will be reported within the next 24 hours.
- The Motalava bamboo band has continued to thrill Port Vila audiences since Independence Day with their performance at the President’s Reception at State House. Latterly they have been giving concerts at the seafront stage.
3) Samoa Businesswoman: Government Must Address Social Ills
Drugs, street kids, poverty, guns called ‘dangerous combination’
By Pai Mulitalo Ale
APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Aug. 4, 2015) – A businesswoman with a heart for Samoa has issued yet another warning to the government about the growing number of social ills in the country.
Moe Lei Sam says Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, his Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament and leaders of Samoa must pay close attention to what is happening on the streets.
“There are beggars on the streets, children who shouldn’t be there and now there are hard drugs that have been found,” she said.
“These are warning signs for Samoa. Our leaders have got to wake up and do something about these things. We cannot ignore them.”
Ms. Lei Sam contacted the Samoa Observer to voice her concerns following a Police raid last week where ice, guns and a substantial amount of money were found at a Afiamalu home.
“To be honest, reading about guns and drugs on the newspaper worries me because it’s happening here in Samoa. These are signs of the times,” she said.
Ms. Lei Sam said the availability of hard drugs and growing poverty among families in urban areas is a dangerous combination.
She is also worried about street vendors, especially young children not attending school.
“I read in the paper the other day about a street vendor who smokes to ease the pain,” she said. “I tell you what, sooner or later those kids will end up selling drugs on the streets because those big guys know how to do the trick. They know how desperate these people are and they will use them.”
Ms. Lei Sam, who has always been outspoken about issues confronting Samoa, said the government has got to be proactive in dealing with these issues.
She acknowledged the Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, but she called on him to continue the fight against drugs, especially hard drugs.
“Samoa is just a small island and now that these drugs and guns are here, our country is no longer safe for us to live in,” she said.
“Drugs and guns lead us to trouble. We will end up collecting the bodies of our loved ones from the streets. These things are here now and we cannot just sit around.”
Ms. Lei Sam said the Police must focus on people who are supplying the hard drugs.
“This is the time where all Samoans should stand together,” she said. “We need to work together to get rid of these dangerous things coming into our country.”
She also called upon members of the public to continue to lend their support to the Ministry of Police.
“I get frustrated,” she said. “I’m worried about our young ones. We will not be around forever to see the changes coming to Samoa but our children will. If we don’t do something about this now, our children will suffer.”
Ms. Lei Sam also called on the government to be more transparent and accountable to members of the public.
“I know there is a Ministry in the government that is so corrupt because that’s how these guns and drugs arrived,” she said.
“If they were intercepted and rejected, we wouldn’t be having this problem.”
Ms. Lei Sam concluded that “our ancestors fought for our country to be independent because they wanted a brighter future for our people.”
“They would not have envisioned what is going on today,” she said. “Samoa is in danger now and we have to do something about it.”
4) Cooks celebrates 50 years of self-government
By Online Editor
11:46 pm GMT+12, 04/08/2015, Cook Islands
Hundreds of Cook Islanders have poured into the capital, Rarotonga, to celebrate 50 years of self-government.
Today is Constitution Day in the Cook Islands and New Zealand has brought a large delegation to mark the start of its special relationship with the country.
The waterfront in Rarotonga has been heaving as crowds gather for traditional dancing and speeches, with guests called from all over the Cooks’ far-flung islands.
New Zealand’s large delegation has been attending a special prayer service.
It has also been showing off aid projects in the Cooks, such as its solar energy plant and plans for a major school upgrade.
The Cook Islands government said the gift was a major confidence booster for the country.
While some have said the Cook Islands can not afford the festivities, most here – including the opposition – have said it is time to celebrate.
Some opposition members have still managed to weave work into play.
MPs James Beer and Tamaiva Tuavera aired their concerns for the Cook Islands to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key over a round of golf.
Among the subjects raised was the Cook Islands’ representation at the United Nations, and qualifying requirements for Cook Islanders who wish to claim New Zealand superannuation and return to the Cook Islands.
Key said they also spoke about economic development opportunities.
“I just reiterated that New Zealand’s a very long-term partner, we want to maintain the constitutional relationship we’ve got with the Cook Islands.
“We’re very optimistic for what we see in the Cook Islands. But clearly the economy and those issues are big focus to New Zealand, to try and support jobs and opportunities here in the Cooks.”
Key said meeting with the opposition was an important part of democracy.
5) Saipan residents shocked by devastation of Typhoon
5 August 2015
The Red Cross in the Northern Marianas says around 1,600 people are homeless on the main island of Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor battered the territory on Sunday.
The typhoon’s sustained winds of around 170 kilometres an hour damaged homes and infrastructure, and caused a significant oil spill at the port.
The aiport remains closed and many residents without power, and face shortages of clean water, food and fuel.
The Red Cross’ Executive Director John Hirsh says nobody was prepared for Soudelor’s impact.
“Everyone is really shell-shocked here. This is really the fourth storm we’ve had in the last eight weeks. So people have been kind of thinking it was going to be just another small typhoon, it’s not going to impact us very heavily. But people were very wrong about that. It really caused just widespread devastation.”
A state of emergency was declared for the Northern Marianas on Monday.RNZI
6) Nauru faces foreign aid cuts
By Online Editor
11:52 pm GMT+12, 04/08/2015, Cook Islands
The threat of a foreign aid cut is still hanging over Nauru as the Government waits for evidence of an improvement in the island nation’s democratic rights and the rule of law.
Prime Minister John Key says a blunt message is being sent.
“We’re deeply concerned by what we see taking place in Nauru and we want a resolution,” he told reporters today as he wrapped up a visit to the Cook Islands.
“We expect change… this is about whether we think democracy is being applied fairly and lawfully.”
Foreign Minister Murray McCully last month met Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, on the sidelines of Pacific Island Forum talks in Sydney and voiced his concerns about lawlessness and deteriorating democratic rights.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also met Waqa to discuss the same concerns.
McCully later said in a statement the next tranche of funding for Nauru’s justice system would depend on the successful outcome of further discussions.
New Zealand provides about NZD$1.2 million (US$783,242) a year to keep the system going, and the next tranche is due this month.
Key says McCully is involved in ongoing discussions and will make the decision.
“Obviously, there are pretty big implications if we were to cease to do that,” he said.
Key says there are particular concerns about the plight of Nauruan opposition MP Roland Kun, who was arrested and pulled off a New Zealand-bound plane on June 17.
His family has lived in New Zealand since his partner, Katy Le Roy, was last year fired as Nauru’s parliamentary counsel and had her residence status revoked.
She lives in Wellington with the couple’s three young children and is prevented from travelling to Nauru.
Kun was accused of having taken part in a protest, which he denies, but he hasn’t been formally charged.
He last month lodged an appeal in Nauru’s Supreme Court against the cancellation of his passport.
The Nauruan government’s response was to ask for the appeal to be struck out, and a decision is still to be made.
7) NZ fails to ‘champion women’s rights’
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
UNITED NATIONS – The organisation’s report card assesses New Zealand’s performance in five categories including protecting civilians in conflict, UN peace operations, making the UN Security Council more effective, championing women’s rights and working to address Syria’s humanitarian crisis.
Executive director Grant Bayldon said while New Zealand had made positive steps, including trying to limit the veto power, it had missed a number of key opportunities to champion human rights.
“What is clear is that there is a strong need for improvement if New Zealand wants to leave a lasting legacy that will really contribute to meaningful change when it comes to human rights and saving lives,” he said.
Mr Bayldon said New Zealand failed to “champion women’s rights” by neglecting the issue of gender inequality during the debate on security challenges to small island developing states.
The country also failed to address past crimes between Israel and Palestine, a move that will delay reconciliation, negatively impact on direct negotiations and jeopardise any future peace, he said.
“This is where New Zealand’s role on the council is crucial and must be used effectively.”
Mr Burke charged the taxpayer for his family to travel business class at a cost several times that available through regular economy travel packages, The Australian reported on Tuesday.
Questions have also been raised over a week-long overseas trip to Europe by Mr Burke, during his time as environment minister, where his expenses averaged $10,000 a day, it said.
The government has also promised to look at outstanding issues around expenses amid criticism not enough was done after the the system previously came under scrutiny.
Allan Fels, a member of the 2009-10 Belcher review, says many of the committee’s recommendations weren’t adopted, including a proposal to include a link to MPs’ expenses on their websites.
8) New Zealand Offers More Jobs
By Online Editor
11:56 pm GMT+12, 04/08/2015, Samoa
By Samisoni Pareti, in Apia, Samoa.
More jobs will be made available to Pacific Island workers in the construction and fishing sectors of New Zealand, the delegation from New Zealand attending this week’s PACER Plus trade negotiations in Apia has offered.
The new jobs will be in addition to the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme New Zealand currently offers to unskilled workers from the Pacific.
Confirmation of the new jobs offer was disclosed by the Pacific Islands’ Lead Spokesperson at the PACER Plus talks, Joseph Ma’ahanua. He’s the acting permanent secretary for foreign affairs and external trade in the Solomon Islands.
Trade officials attending the Apia negotiations say New Zealand’s offer is quite remarkable, since the offers are for work classified as ‘semi-skilled’ or tradespeople like plumbers, builders, electricians and so on.
Such an opportunity will arise when the New Zealand Government launches its Canterbury Rebuild NZ$50 billion programme next year. Other opportunities exist in the country’s fishing industry, especially working as crew in New Zealand-based fishing fleet.
A delegate told IB Online that New Zealand’s new job schemes will start next year under a pilot programme involving workers from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.
Ma’hanua says what remains now is for New Zealand to put its offer in writing.
Wellington was hard pressed to offer something new in light of Australia’s decision two months ago to remove limits to the number of Pacific workers that work there under its Seasonal Workers Programme, as well as to widen the industries they can work in from horticultural to include agriculture and hospitality.
More pressure came just this week from Samoa’s acting Prime Minister Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo when he opened the current PACER Plus negotiations and urged Wellington to match Canberra’s offer.
SOURCE: ISLANDS BUSINESS/PACNEWS
9) PNG Manam pipal i bungim heve iet
Updated 5 August 2015, 13:38 AEST
Ol pipal i hangre iet na sot long gutpla wara blong dring bihaenim Manam Mauden paia i pairap long wik igo pinis.
Samting olsem 5 tausan pipal long Manam Island long Madang provins blong Papua New Guinea iwok long weit iet long kisim sampla halvim bihaen long Manam mauden paia ibin pairap long wik igo piis.
Dirketa blong provinsal disaster office long Madang Rudolf Mongalee itok oli no gat moni long baem ol samting na bringim kuik igo long ol despla pipal.
Despla maun paia ibin bagarapim planti gaden kaikai, ol haus blon ol pipal na tu emi mekim Edukeisan dipatman i pasim ol skul long Island.
Mr Mongalee itok tu olsem emi askim pinis provinsal gavman na National disaster ofis long Port Moresby, tasol emi no harim bek long ol iet.ABC
10) PNG Difens komanda bifo i wanbel wantem PM
Updated 5 August 2015, 13:31 AEST
Major General Jerry Singirok, itok emi hamamas na sapotim tingting blong gavman long rausim olgeta gun long kantri.
Komanda bifo blong defence force long Papua Nw Guinea, Major General Jerry Singirok, itok emi hamamas na sapotim tingting blong gavman long rausim olgeta gun long kantri.
PNG prime minister, Peter O’Neill, itok kantri ino nidim gun long lukautim lao na oda olsem na emi tok gavman bai bihaenim ol toktok blong wanpla ripot blong rausim gun.
Papua New Guinea igat nem nogut long saed blong gun na heve blong loa na oda we sampla pipal isave iusim gun long kilim ol narapla pipal oa oli save iusim gun long stilim ol samting.
Long Highlands ol pipal nau isave iusim gun long ol tribal fait we bifo oli save iusim ol bonara.
Major General Singirok ibin siaman blong blong wanpla wok painimaut long gun na emi bin givim ripot long 2005 long rausim gun long communiti.ABC
11a) Brèves du Pacifique – mercredi 5 août 2015
- L’Inde s’intéresse à son tour aux îles du Pacifique. Dans deux semaines, la ville de Jaipur accueillera 14 pays de la région pour un Forum de coopération. Le Premier ministre, Narendra Modi, devrait leur proposer des accords économiques dans le domaine de l’agriculture, de la pêche, de l’énergie solaire ou encore de la télémédecine. L’Inde espère aussi persuader les îles du Pacifique de lui permettre de construire un centre de surveillance par satellite ; aujourd’hui, New Delhi dépend de l’Australie et des États-Unis pour les données satellites de la région.
- La province papoue de Nouvelle-Bretagne orientale reste en alerte après l’éruption du volcan Manam, la semaine dernière. Le directeur de l’observatoire volcanologique de la Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée demande aux habitants de continuer à rester très prudent. Le niveau d’alerte 2 sur 3 est maintenu. Le problème, explique Ima Itikarai, c’est de faire parvenir l’information aux villages reculés. L’éruption a fait plusieurs blessés et détruit les potagers de l’île de Manam.
- C’est Viliame Naupoto qui prend la tête de l’armée fidjienne après la démission surprise du général Mosese Tikoitoga. Il entend mettre l’accent sur la formation des militaires. Quant au processus de dépolitisation de l’armée, « c’est en cours, mais cela pourra prendre du temps », affirme-t-il. Viliame Naupoto aurait été impliqué dans le passage à tabac de prisonniers lors du coup d’État de George Speight en 2000, mais il refuse d’en parler, déclarant seulement qu’on ne doit pas « vivre dans le passé ».
- Aux Îles Tonga, un ministre s’excuse après avoir ramassé ses ordures un dimanche. Etuate Lavulavu, ministre des Infrastructures, assure qu’il ne voulait pas violer la loi divine selon laquelle le dimanche est un jour de repos. Il voulait juste faire en sorte que le royaume reste propre, explique-t-il.
- Les Îles Fidji remportent la Coupe des nations du Pacifique de rugby. Les Flying Fijians ont battu en finale les Samoa 39 à 29, à Vancouver, au Canada. Les Îles Tonga prennent la troisième place, devant le Japon.ABC
11b) Le choc aux Mariannes du nord après le passage du cyclone Soudelor
12) Early cervical cancer detection can save lives, doctor says
The National, Wednesday August 5th, 2015
By LEAH OMAE
EARLY detection of cervical cancer can save more women from dying, a doctor for cancer advocacy says.
Dr Lynda Sirigoi, the president of the Women Doctors Association, said they were in partnership with the National Capital District health services at the Lawes Road Clinic to provide a room to check women.
“As soon as the room is available with equipment and bed, we can run one of the screening methods called visual inspection with acetic acid or white table vinegar solution to put on the cervix to detect cancer,” she said.
She said some of the women doctors were trained to use this screening method in Bangkok, Thailand, last year.
They will be providing training and equipment to the clinic to conduct the procedures.
“It is a test that can be conducted at the community level to allow more women to come for screening to know their cervical cancer status, which is cheaper and affordable,” she said.
Sirigoi, the chairperson of the Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation board, said a lot of research on cancer had been carried out but cervical cancer awareness was lacking in rural areas.
“Cancer service is still very poor in this country and we must find a way to address the leading killer disease that is taking lives of many women, especially in rural areas,” she said.
“Women are engines of the nation and they generate the nation by giving birth to our future generations and cervical cancer is a threat to many of the women in the country, especially in the rural areas.”
She encourgaed women in Port Moresby to seek screening once the facility is in place.
13 ) Shortage Of Medicine In Fiji Blames On ‘Miscommunication’
Health Ministry to improve ordering, distribution systems
By Atasa Moceituba
SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Aug. 5, 2015) – Fiji’s health centres and hospitals are short of medicines because of miscommunication within the ministry.
Assistant Health Minister Veena Bhatnagar confirmed this yesterday after patients at health centres visited by The Fiji Times complained of medicine shortages.
“The ministry’s purchasing system is guided under the Government Procurement Regulations. At the same time it has its own mechanism of addressing shortfalls of supplies whereby national demand and supply are reviewed periodically to sustain the service,” Ms Bhatnagar said.
“The nature of the complaints are analysed appropriately to identify the process in the systems which needs strengthening. In this instance, miscommunication in ordering and distribution needs further improving to avoid stock-out issues at health facilities.”
While the Government is assisting people with its free medicine program, the availability of medicine is another issue with patients being advised to source the medicine from major hospitals or alternatively purchase them from private pharmacies.
Ian Fanifau, 22, visited the Nuffield Health Centre yesterday but was told to purchase terbinafine from a private pharmacy yesterday.
He told this newspaper he had only enough money to pay his bus fare to and from the clinic and did not have extra to purchase his medicine from a private pharmacy.
Jiuria Saverio of Samabula said it was the third time she had been to Nuffield Health Centre which still did not have terbinafine.
“All I’ve been told is to get it from CWM Hospital or any pharmacy,” Ms Saverio said.
Vijay Kumar, 61, of Kinoya, returned from the Valelevu Health Centre where he was told to buy aspirin from a pharmacy.
Paulini Vitukawalu, 51, who went for a blood sugar test at the Valelevu Health Centre was prescribed aspirin but was also told to purchase aspirin from a private pharmacy. A diabetic, Litea Driu of Nasole, was prescribed medication for her diabetes which she was able to procure at the Valelevu Health Centre. However, Ms Driu said she had to use her own money to purchase aspirin.
Ms Bhatnagar said the ministry had set aside $9million from its budget for the purchase of medicine, adding the Fiji Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Services (FPBS) team was responsible for dealing with shortages in supply.
She said the Government tender process only allowed for approved suppliers or from prequalified drug manufacturers.
“Apart from New Zealand and Australia, supplies also come from approved manufacturers in the UK, Malaysia, China Singapore, France, India, South Africa, Bangladesh. The Fiji Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Services ensures that quality and safety of medicine is maintained at all times.”
Ms Bhatnagar had publicly denied the shortage of medicines on local radio stations last week after this newspaper highlighted the issue.
“Sourcing of emergency supplies from New Zealand and Australia occurs when there is a shortfall and there is an urgent need from the health facilities.”
Fiji Times Online.
14) Solomons USP students sacked for failing
By Online Editor
11:39 pm GMT+12, 04/08/2015, Fiji
Solomons USP students sacked for failing
SUVA, 05 AUGUST 2015 (RNZI/SOLOMON STAR) — More than 50 students from Solomon Islands attending the University of the South Pacific in Fiji will be sent home this week for failing their courses.
The Solomons High Commission in Suva has confirmed the decision saying 28 of the students are being terminated for failing all four courses for the semester and the rest are being suspended for failing 3 of 4 courses.
All implicated students bar a few who are being regraded will be flying back to Honiara this weekend.
The Solomon Islands Ministry of Education says government scholarship grants come from public and donor funding and their recipients are expected to perform.
Meanwhile, the Solomon Islands Students Association (SISA) executive at the University of South Pacific in Fiji has agreed to stand with the students on the termination and suspension list and agreed to appeal the decision.
This was revealed by the SISA president, Anthony Maelasi.
An appeal letter was sent to the National Training Unit (NTU) Director stating reasons why the executive think government should reconsider its decision and allow students to continue with their studies this semester.
Students affected are expected to be making individual appeals when they meet with the Suva based attache for consultations.
It was reported that some have succeeded in their appeal and will continue and so there is no reason why the same could be done for other depending on how serious their cases were.
The education attaché Samantha Teitei in an email sent to the students has encouraged those who may believe that they should pass to have their results printed and submitted for facilitation to NTC for reconsideration of the decision.
15) Fiji PM cuts off rumours
By Online Editor
5:16 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2015, Fiji
Fijian Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has brushed aside rumours there are differences between members of his Government and the military.
In recent days after the announcement of the outgoing army commander Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga there have been widespread rumours fuelled from social networking sites speculating there were differences within the corridors of powers of the Government and the military.
Brig General Tikoitoga explained in a press conference Monday the relationship between the two institutions.
“I can vouch that there is none (tension) at all, if anything we serve the Government of the day as per the institutional obligation,” he said.
“As you know the honorable Prime Minister is very much in charge, the Attorney General plays a very pivotal role in the construct of our government and the way our government will run in the future and we have to give him credit for it.
“The RFMF is very stable and we are all still very good friends and I am leaving with fond memories of the institution.”
He said it was unfortunate the rumours were picked up and used to cause unnecessary excitement.
“I’d hate to think that we should react to those social media rumours. We should remain on facts and I’m grateful for your attendance today because then we can share the facts,” he told assembled media.
Members of the international media also contacted local counterparts trying to establish whether there was any truth to the speculations.
Last night, Bainimarama met with the Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum late into the evening.
“You want to talk about rumours online, you? Fiji Times wants to talk about rumors? What rumors? You know it’s a rumour so don’t listen to it,” Bainimarama said when asked to comment on the issue.
Sayed-Khaiyum refrained from commenting on the issue.
Bainimarama is expected to leave for Canada today….PACNEWS
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
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16) Locals give land
The National, Wednesday August 5th, 2015
A LANDOWNER group has offered its land as the site of a second town in Wewak district.
The landowners are from Tumarau in the Turubu LLG.
They told a meeting at the Wewak council chamber last Friday that the land had been allocated by their forefathers for development and they would not go against that.
Turubu LLG president David Kausik, who is a landowner, said the proposed development, which had the blessing of Wewak MP Jim Simatab, would go ahead as scheduled while the landowners sorted out some issues with the Government.
Muganaua Consultancy has been engaged by the LLG to design the township and help landowners register their land for development.
The meeting was organised by Muganaua Consultancy to discuss how the town could be developed on customary land, plus landowner benefits and management of the town. Tarcissius Muganaua of the consultant firm said Wewak town had become densely populated with no land for expansion.
Tumarau, which is located outside of Wewak, would be the alternate site for a satellite town.
Wewak district, with support from Simatab, has invested over K2 million in a road from Mandi on the coast to Tumarau connected to the main Angoram highway, which was part of the development.
17) Nakuruvarua clan appoints new paramount chief
By REPEKA NASIKO
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Update: 12:55PM RATU Kinijoji Vosailagi has been appointed the new paramount chief of the Nadroga and Navosa Province replacing the late Na Ka Levu Ratu Sakiusa Makutu.
Confirming the new appointment, representative of the Tokatoka o Nakuruvarua, Ratu Aisea Wakanimolikula Volavola said a decision was made after the Makutu, Volavola and Vosailagi families agreed on Ratu Kinijoji’s appointment.
He confirmed the installation ceremony will be held this Friday.Fijitimes
18) BSP country managers meet in Fiji, Fiji economy continues to grow
By Online Editor
5:03 pm GMT+12, 04/08/2015, Fiji
Bank South Pacific (BSP) Country managers from Samoa, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Tonga met in Suva to work closely with BSP Fiji.
These countries are those that have acquired former Westpac business.
BSP Senior Manager Corporate Strategy Finance & Planning Mathew Hasu says so far the transition has been great.
“Fiji being relatively central to all the Pacific Islands it was seen as a place not just as an ease of convenience from a transportation perspective but for our country managers that have arrived from the newly acquired countries to see what we are able to do here in Fiji.”
BSP completed transaction of the acquisition of the former Westpac businesses on July 10th in Cook Islands, Tonga and Samoa to add onto their businesses in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
BSP is currently working on getting the process finalised in Vanuatu.
Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) says strong sectoral outcomes and robust demand conditions are consistent with the 4.3 per cent growth projection for this year.
In its July review the RBF says the cane crushing season has commenced and improved timber and fish exports in the 1st month of this year confirms the current positive outlook for Fiji’s primary industries.
On the industrial front, high gold, electricity and woodchip production were recorded in the year to June.
RBF says buoyant investment activity so far this year provides further impetus to Fiji’s current growth outlook.
Last month the Fijian Dollar also strengthened against the New Zealand Dollar.
Inflation rose marginally to 0.8% in June a 0.2% increase when compared to May.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
19) Repair Bulolo Highway, firms say
The National, Wednesday August 5th, 2015
THREE major companies based in Bulolo are urging the Government to repair the highway that they depend on heavily for transporting products.
The companies are Zenag Chicken, PNG Forest Products and Morobe Mining Joint Venture.
In the Lae-Bulolo Road update report to the ministerial economic committee and the Government, Morobe Mining Joint Ventures general manager sustainability and external relations David Wissink highlighted the highway problem on behalf of the Bulolo Economic Corridor Business Community and Bulolo Chamber of Commerce.
The three companies outlined their operations and productivity output and expenses and costs linked to the poor state of the Bulolo highway.
They called on the Government not to neglect its responsibility of repairing the highway.
They pointed in the report the high cost of transportation for their employees and goods, vehicle repair and maintenance, fuel and the security of their employees and vehicles.
Zenag Chicken, which employs 1000 people and makes an annual sales of K128 million, said it made 3650 trips to Lae a year transporting poultry, day-old chicks and feed, which are mostly perishable cargoes.
PNG Forest Products employs 1860 and made K188m in sales last year. It estimated that its heavy vehicles make about 5000 trips a year.
20) Australian police part of PNG’s aid review: O’Neill
By Online Editor
5:03 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2015, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has said that part of the review on Aid policies including the current policing partnership with Australia will be reviewed to make it more effective for both countries.
“We have had a policing partnership program in place for a couple of years now and I think all parties agree, the benefits are limited due to restrictions placed on the Australian police.””
O’Neill said that there are Australian police officers who are committed to strengthening law enforcement in our country, but they are frustrated by the bureaucracy which means they cannot do hands-on policing.
“I cannot imagine being a police officer who is told that if they see a crime being committed and he or she has to stand back and watch.
“We would like to recruit foreign police into line positions within the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary so they can lead by example to pass on their knowledge and skills.”
The Prime Minister said Defence Co-operation is separate from general development support as this is part of facilitating the regional military interoperability of national forces.
“We have a very good defence co-operation programme that sees our military working with Australia, the United States and other countries to improve our joint capacity.
“The Australian Defence Force is working closely with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force to ensure we can deploy our forces to work together.
“This integrated operational capacity includes preparations for events such as the Pacific Islands Forum and APEC, as well as border management and disaster response deployments.
“As we move towards the APEC Leaders’ Summit this co-operation will continue to improve and the only change I see in this relationship is increased engagement.”
The Prime Minister said changes in development support policy will deliver better outcomes for all countries involved.
“Then Papua New Guinea can further expand our development support program that we provide to other countries in the Pacific following the same principle.”
He said there has to be a better deal for the taxpayers of contributing countries like Australia, while recipient countries want to ensure support develops real capacity and skills and is only ever seen as temporary.
“I wonder if the people of Australia realise how much of the money they give to help Papua New Guinea and other countries is actually paid to middlemen and lawyers.”
The PM said one of the biggest obstacles to effective development support were middlemen who take commissions on aid expenditure.
“As a developing country, we don’t want handouts, we don’t want Australian taxpayer money wasted and we don’t want boomerang aid.
“We will develop better arrangements,” the Prime Minister stated.
“Papua New Guinea is changing, we are growing and as a nation of 8 million people we want to move beyond hand-outs and work with our partners to strengthen capacity.”
The Prime Minster said in Papua New Guinea there will be a review of support arrangements that will save money for contributing countries and deliver capacity and skills in recipient countries.
“In 2016 Papua New Guinea will move to a model where our partners will be welcome to fund positions within our Government. These staff can then work and report through the Papua New Guinea Government system and we will deliver their salaries through arrangements with the donor countries.”
“That will be an effective way to strengthen our Government systems from within so that after a period of time this development assistance will no longer be needed.”
The current support delivery sees foreigners occupying positions where they are actually doing the work that should be done by Papua New Guineans.
“Then when they end their contracts they do not leave behind capacity or skills. This is not good for Papua New Guinea or the donor country.”
“We need to move to a point that we do not need to take a single dollar from our friends in Australia and other partners as our country develops,” said O’Neill.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
21) PNG out of money for Volcano relief supplies
5 August 2015
Authorities in Papua New Guinea’s Madang province say there is no money to purchase relief supplies for the more than 4000 people affected by a volcanic eruption on Manam island.
The Post Courier reports that the provincial disaster and emergency office has revealed about $US72,000 is urgently required for relief supplies.
The paper says those funds would purchase just a month’s supply of rice, flour and cooking oil, as well as water containers and tarpaulins for those who have lost their homes.
The Madang director for disaster and emergency, Rudolf Mongalee, says the office has no funds and there’s not much he can do.
He says he is yet to receive a response from the Madang administration, the Government and the national disaster and emergency office.
Mr Mongalee says the food relief is needed as it will be some time before the islanders can replant crops, as the soil is currently covered with volcanic ash.
Meanwhile, health officials in the province fear an outbreak of coughing and diarrhoea among the islanders now that all the water sources are contaminated.RNZI
22) Locals plant mangrove seedlings
The National, Wednesday August 5th, 2015
STUDENTS and people in communities in Tubusereia village in Central planted more than 250 mangrove seedlings yesterday.
The PNG Centre for Locally Managed Areas, a non-governmental organisation that is involved in marine resource management, in partnership with the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority, implemented the project.
It is part of the Marsh Project, which is a mangrove rehabilitation project for the coastal areas of PNG over five years.
The project started in 2013. PNGCLMA executive director Maxine Anjiga Arua said: “The Marsh Project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development.
“It is implemented by several NGOs and environmental groups throughout the country with support and coordination from the Department of Environment and Conservation or CEPA.
“They have engaged NGOs, local communities and civil societies and schools to implement the project.
“We have been providing training on mangrove rehabilitation for the last three years.
“It includes basic skills training on mangrove nursery and identification of different mangrove species and how they grow in the nature.
“We help the local communities constructed mangrove nursery and have engaged them in the project.”
Mildred Dira, trainer and technical officer with the PNGCLMA, said there were 30 mangrove species and only three were selected for the project.
23) Super typhoon Soudelor powers towards Taiwan, may boost El Nino in Pacific
By Online Editor
8:49 pm GMT+12, 04/08/2015, Australia
Super typhoon Soudelor, possibly the strongest storm of 2015, is powering towards Taiwan in the north-west Pacific after causing widespread damage in the Northern Mariana Islands.
The category 5 storm is expected to strengthen further, with sustained wind speeds of 150 knots, or 277.8 km/h, later on Tuesday, US space agency NASA said.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre is predicting wind speeds could reach 160 knots, with gusts reaching 195 knots, or 361 km/h.
“It’s not the most intense ever, but it is intense,” Kevin Walsh, an associate professor of the School of Earth Sciences at Melbourne University, said.
A typhoon gains “super” status once sustained winds reach 130 knots, he said.
NASA said the typhoon was dumping rain at the rate of 58 millimetres an hour, according to satellite readings.
The storm is expected to track towards northern Taiwan and hit mainland China in about four days’ time, although it will have weakened by then, NASA said.
Soudelor means a legendary ruler in the Pohnpeian language, which is spoken in the Caroline Islands, according to Guam’s Pacific Daily News.
The news service reported that the storm is the strongest this year, and prompted authorities in the US territory of the Northern Mariana Islands to declare “a state of disaster and significant emergency” on Monday.
The island of Saipan had its power plant flooded, with hundreds of residents taking to shelters as power and water supplies were cut off, Pacific Daily News reported.
Soudelor’s winds are forecast to exceed those of Cyclone Pam, which peaked at 143 knots (265 km/h) when it devastated Vanuatu earlier this year.
The big storm may add another boost to the El Nino in the central and eastern Pacific, which continues to mature into a “moderate to strong” event, said Andrew Watkins, manager of prediction services at the Bureau of Meteorology.
Last month, Cyclone Raquel – the earliest ever recorded in the eastern Australian zone – and a series of typhoons and tropical lows boosted the El Nino by providing westward wind bursts along the Equator.
Super typhoon Soudelor was “certainly quite intense” and was “causing a disruption in the trade winds”, Dr Watkins said.
El Ninos are marked by the stalling or reversal of the normally easterly trade winds blowing along the equator. One result is that heat tends to build up in the central and eastern Pacific and rainfall patterns shift eastwards away from the Australian continent and south-east Asia.
Dr Watkins noted that the season had got off to a stormy start with as many as 13 cyclones, typhoons or tropical depressions in the western Pacific, and 10 such storms in the eastern Pacific.
“All have been contributing” to the El Nino by disrupting the trade winds, he said.
The bureau released its latest El Nino update on Tuesday, highlighting that sea-surface temperatures in all five key regions monitored have been at least 1 degree warmer than average for 12 weeks in a row.
That period compares with a previous record eight consecutive weeks in the run-up to the super El Nino event of 1997-98.
According to monthly temperature measures, the current El Nino has exceeded the maximum temperature anomaly recorded during the 2006 peak but remains “well short of the 1982 and 1997 peaks”, the bureau said.
However, temperature peaks typically come late in the year.
“The models are calculating things are going to continue to warm up,” Dr Watkins said, adding the El Nino is likely to persist into the first quarter of 2016.
The likely impact for Australian rainfall from the El Nino remains somewhat unclear.
The Indian Ocean remains unusually warm, a set-up that favours rain particularly for the western half of the country, while the eastern half may be drier-than-average because of the El Nino influence, Dr Watkins said.
24) Churches and governments in the region must take action on Climate Change
By Online Editor
11:34 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2015, Fiji
Pacific churches and governments must take action to fight the effects of climate change.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, made the comment ahead of a lecture here will deliver in Fiji’s capital tomorrow.
The second-highest cleric in the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Sentamu is on a visit Samoa, Tonga and Fiji to lead a series of Leadership Reflections on Climate Change at the invitation of the Rev Dr Winston Halapua, the Archbishop of Polynesia.
“Climate change affects everyone: agriculture, tourism, fisheries, water, health and wellbeing,” Dr Sentamu said.
“The skills and capabilities of local populations, national governmental authorities and regional organisations must act to ameliorate the effects of climate change.”
The Archbishop’s visit precedes the Paris summit in December 2015, where 196 countries are expected to meet to sign a new climate change agreement.
Archbishop Winston Halapua said the church was greatly looking forward to welcoming the Archbishop of York and Mrs Margaret Sentamu.
“This will be the first time that the Archbishop of York has come to this corner of the Earth and our nations will be blessed by their enrichment and encouragement in our common mission. One of the global issues which is impacting our region requiring a clear voice from the Church is the issue of climate change and sea-level rising.”
The Archbishop will visit the Pacific Theological College and the Pacific Regional Seminary.
25) World heritage site project
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
STAFF and guests of Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort in Sigatoka have started an ambitious project to get the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park declared a world heritage site.
The park was entered into the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) tentative list earlier this year by the National Trust of Fiji.
The resort hopes to facilitate the improvement of the park’s facilities before an official assessment is carried out.
Resort general manager Craig Powell said the initiative was boosted by a $30,000 gift from the Bilo Bar and Davui Club which is made up entirely of loyal visitors to the resort.
“Because of their generous commitment to this project, we also decided to raise an additional $30,000 to also add to the $10,000 which was given by the Coral Coast Hotels and Resorts Association,” he said.
“If we manage to raise over $70,000 we will be able to make vast and additional improvements to existing facilities and complete the perimeter fence which we have already started on.”
He said the park held a historical and cultural significance for Sigatoka and the country.
“Ultimately the end game is to get the Sand Dunes National Park officially declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.
“When this is done, it will serve two purposes which is preserving its place for our younger generation and serving as a world-class attraction for our visiting guests.”Fijitimes
26) Push for fisheries facilities
The National, Wednesday August 5th, 2015
THE National Fisheries Authority says development of fishery facilities in the country will help in growing the sector.
Managing director John Kasu (pictured) made the comment when noting several fish markets and jetties that were built several of the maritime provinces with assistance from partners and donors.
“Through JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) and other development partners, we have fish markets established in Wewak, Kimbe, in Manus,” he said.
“With all those fish markets and jetties that we have established, what we are trying to do is to see if we can connect all these to a place where you can market your fish.”
Kasu said a central place like Lae would be ideal to connect provinces in terms of establishing facilities for development of the fisheries sector in the country.
“Like Lae, because of the industry here, the big industries are here and it’s a central place up to the highlands and everywhere so fish can come from all the other provinces, comes through here and exits to the markets.”
Meanwhile, Kasu noted that NFA board had approved a story to be conducted to assess the benefits of the industry’s investment in the country.
27) Firm signs LNG deal
The National, Wednesday August 5th, 2015
THE National Petroleum Company Papua New Guinea (NPCP) has signed an agreement with a Japanese company to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) marketing in the country.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed yesterday between NPCP and LNG Japan Corporation will allow development of marketing, sale and transportation strategies of LNG through a possible joint marketing venture between the two companies.
NPCP managing director Wapu Sonk said the arrangement was a significant milestone for the company as it (NPCP) looks to venture into marketing and shipping opportunities.
“This MoU arrangement once off the ground will enable NPCP and LNG Japan to collaborate and look for opportunities to market LNG and other petroleum products as and when the opportunities arise,” Sonk said.
LNG Japan chief operating officer Toshiki Miyazawa said with their expertise in the industry, LNG Japan would contribute to progress of the industry in the country.
“Historically Japan relies heavily on Asia Pacific countries on the supply of LNG and PNG is an important country in terms of energy supply to Japan.
“We can assure that our experiences can contribute to this country too.
“We were always working for a national company under the Government in maximising profit for the people or the Government of host countries. Of course it is important to have a national company as operator to develop the project, but at the same time involvement of the Government plays a very significant role for the LNG development.
“Today’s (yesterday) signing is a big step and based on this memorial event we would like to make efforts in working in other projects in the future and we’d like to work together with PNG with your team’s guidance and help.”
28) Local agriculture can supply food: Official
The National, Wednesday August 5th, 2015
A FERTILISER company from Singapore says the local agriculture sector has the potential to supply food to countries, which face food shortage.
Eden Fertiliser marketing executive Andrew Kung said the country could feed people in countries stricken with hunger.
Kung launched the lactobacillus fertiliser in Lae yesterday.
The company, in partnership with PNG Eden Fertilizers, introduced the manure to help farmers in the country.
The manure is environmentally-friendly.
“It has immense value to enhance soil remediation, strengthens and increases biodiversity in the environment that adds long term soil fertility,” he said.
“Since lactobacillus bacteria is found naturally in soil, plants, animals and water systems, it is ecosystem friendly, will never burn seedlings, rather acts as a natural pesticide to cause plants develop resistance against bugs.”
Kung said plants fed with lactobacilli grew bigger, their fruits tasted sweeter and juicier.
“Flowers nourished from it are more colourful.
“Plants will produce more flowers because the fertiliser is engineered to increase yield, promote overall health critical for optimal plant growth thus enhancing the food safety system,” he said.
“It is suitable for subsistence and commercial farming of cash crops, floriculture in landscaping and indoor beautification, horticultural activities in fresh foods productions.”
29) Naiqamu urges protection for coastal resources – Minister for Fisheries and Forest Osea Naiqamu is urging fisheries scientist, managers and Coral Reef Fisheries experts from around Fiji to continue the advocacy on the importance of maintaining healthy and productive coastal fisheries resources. While speaking to participants at the Coastal Fisheries and Invertebrate Resources Workshop this morning, Naiqamu highlighted that Fiji’s coastal fishery contributes enormously to the nations’ economic well being.
30) 5,000 children currently being assisted under Care and Protection Allowance – 5,000 children in Fiji are currently being assisted under the Care and Protection Allowance from the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. While launching the Child Sensitive Social Protection in Fiji, Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance Report, Minister for Children Rosy Akbar says the Care and Protection Allowance include cash and food voucher.
31) UNDP workshop targets youths
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
DECISIONS made by leaders today will have a bearing on the future of youths in the nation whether they be good or bad, says National Youth Council president Viliame Nayacatabu.
Speaking during the civic education workshop for youths of the Macuata and Bua provinces in Labasa yesterday, Mr Nayacatabu said it was vital for their voices to be heard at all levels of decision-making.
Mr Nayacatabu said the UNDP funded workshop was aimed at building capacity of youths to enable them to effectively participate in democratic decision-making.
“The workshop objectives are to build capacity within the youth population especially after the return of democracy in Fiji following an eight-year lapse,” he said.Fijiotimes
32) Bank supports crocodile festival
The National, Wednesday August 5th, 2015
BANK South Pacific has given K20,000 to support the Sepik River Crocodile Festival as a gold sponsor.
Festival vice-chairman Paul Gomiar thanked the bank for supporting the annual event.
It has been a gold supporter since 2011.
“The festival is one of the important cultural events which showcase the diverse cultures and heritage of the people along the Sepik River,” Gomiar said.
BSP Wewak branch manager Albert Seri said the bank recognised the importance of such cultural events in the community.
“We are proud to continue our association with this significant event in East Sepik and as a PNG-owned bank, we recognise the effort of keeping our culture alive for generations to come,” Seri said.
The Sepik River Crocodile Festival began in 2006. It begins today and ends on Friday at the Ambunti station in East Sepik.
The festival attracts a lot of tourist from around the world.
Over 260 tourists attended the festival last year.
33) Aussies help
The National, Wednesday August 5th, 2015
SOUTH Australian Cricket Association curator Todd Heinrich was in the country last week to help Cricket PNG grounds staff to continue work on the new turf wicket squares at Amini Park.
Heinrich spent the week working with CPNG’s head groundsman Lega Siaka and his staff, up-skilling them in the art of rehabilitating and preparing the turf wickets.
Siaka said he was pleased with the training and his team was now ready to start work on preparing the wicket squares on both the Amini and Colts Grounds ahead of a busy domestic cricket schedule in Port Moresby.
The domestic cricket season is set to hit off in Port Moresby with 24 teams from around the capital taking part.Local firm takes ownership of code
The National, Wednesday August 5th, 2015
A number of local companies based in Kokopo have taken ownership of rugby league through sponsorship and other means of support for the game.
One such business is Southern Enterprises Limited, who has been providing match incentives for the PNG Hunters and NGIP Rabaul Gurias.
Company chief executive officer Rudy Terracciani said last Sunday that his company has spent thousands of kina on man-of-the-match awards to Gurias and Hunters players so far.
Since last year Southern Enterprises has been paying K500 for the best Hunter and K300 to Gurias players following their games at the Kalabond oval in Kokopo.
“This is an ongoing incentive and my company and family are willing to continue that for rugby league in the province,” Terracciani said.
34) Fiji Defeats Samoa To Take Pacific Nations Cup Rugby Title
Tonga finishes third in tournament held in Canada
By Reginald Chandar
SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Aug. 4, 2015) – The Vodafone Flying Fijians successfully retained the Pacific Nations Cup at Swangard Stadium in Canada today beating Samoa 39-29 in a thrilling final.
[PIR editor’s note: Matangi Tonga reported that Tonga’s ‘Ikale Tahi ended its campaign in the Pacific Nations Cup tournament on high with a convincing victory over Japan’s Brave Blossoms, 31-20 at Swanguard Stadium, Burnaby, British Colombia, Canada. … The win put the ‘Ikale Tahi in third place and the Brave Blossoms in fourth.’]
The Akapusi Qera led side dominated the first half and scored two tries in the opening twenty minutes through Leone Nakarawa and halfback Nikola Matawalu to lead 17-9 at halftime.
Josh Matavesi successfully converted the two tries and also kicked a penalty while all of Samoa’s points came from fly-half Michael Stanley’s boots.
The second half was more exciting and entertaining as Samoa toiled hard to narrow the scores while the Fijians ensured they did everything right to hang on and retain their title.
Jack Lam and Fa’atonia Autagavaia led the Samoan onslaught and touched down after the restart while towering lock Leone Nakarawa dived down for Fiji’s third and his second for the day to keep things under control.
Fullback Kini Murimurivalu scored Fiji’s fourth try and Captain Qera sealed the win for his side after finishing off a well set move from Matawalu- who finished as the Man of the Match.
Autagavaia managed to score Samoa’s third try in the 70th minute but a penalty to replacement Ben Volavola in the 76th minute wrapped things up in the final.
The John McKee coached Flying Fijians ended their tournament with a 100 percent win record. They defeated Tonga 27-20, drew 30-30 with Samoa and overpowered Japan 27-22 in their prior three matches.
35) Flying Fijians on right track: Mckee
By Online Editor
11:57 pm GMT+12, 04/08/2015, Canada
Flying Fijians Coach John McKee is impressed with the progress made by the Vodafone Flying Fijians during their campaign in the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup
McKee said he was happy with how the team performed in the 39-29 win over Samoa in the final .
But McKee said there was a lot of learning from the tournament.
“Very pleasing to get hard fought and exciting win over Samoa in final,” he said.
“The team has progressed well through the tournament but we still have much work ahead to be ready for RWC.”
McKee was particularly impressed with nippy scrum half Nikola Matawalu who played a pivotal role for Fiji in the win at the Swangard Stadium in Canada.
He dictated play from the back and combined well with the forwards in the attack against the Samoans.
The former national sevens rep also used his speed off the mark to outplay his opposite number when under pressure.
He said Matawalu had offered a lot against the Samoans.
“Nikola was very good for us today,” he added.
“He really sparked the attack and made some very good kicks to exit our defensive fifty.
“We had to keep our composure and focus on our process and tasks. Field position was important as we knew they would find it hard to contain our attacks.”
Hardworking lock Leone Nakarawa scored the first try in the opening minute with his brilliance which was converted by Josh Matavesi. Matavesi also kicked his first penalty goal to give Fiji a 10-3 lead.
Matawalu scored Fiji’s second try to extend the Fiji’s lead to 17-9 at half-time.
The side gave away their eight point lead in the second half with Jack Lam and Sinoti Sinoti scoring in quick succession to take them into the lead 21-17.
McKee played his trump card and introduced Ben Volavola in place of Matavesi at fly half. Volavola made an instant impact when he made a cross kick from the right to the left which was taken well by Qera and he flicked the ball to Nakarawa who scored his fourth try in the tournament.
Samoa first five Mike Stanley’s penalty goal took them into the lead 24-22 with the lead changing hands once again.
Harworking Peceli Yato scored Fiji’s fourth try to see Fiji back in front 29-24.
Two minutes later Matawalu ran over for another try but he threw the ball in the air for Qera to dive, catch the ball and touch down for his first try of the day.
Yato was sin binned for an infringement 10 minutes away from the final whistle.
With a man down Fiji conceded another try from the far side from Sinoti Sinoti.
Volavola took the game away from Samoa’s reach with another three points which took the side into the safe zone with 39-29 as the final score.
Meanwhile, Rugby union sponsors Vodafone have extended their congratulations to the Flying Fijians after their 39-29 victory against Samoa in the final of the Pacific Nations Cup.
Vodafone Fiji CEO Pradeep Lal said the win projected a boost to the morale as the team prepares for Rugby World Cup.
“It was fantastic game of rugby worthy of the PNC final and a relieving second half performance by the Flying Fijians that should be remembered for all the right reasons.
“Playing Samoa who took the All Blacks to the wire lately was never going to be easy.
“For the boys to win comprehensively is a morale booster as they enter the final leg of their Rugby World Cup preparations,” Lal said.
Lal also cautioned the team not to get carried away with the win and that their more crucial role lies ahead.
“Whilst you soak in the win and much deserved accolades that come with it, it is now time to begin the preparations for the world cup campaign in earnest,” he said.
The team returns tomorrow morning.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS