Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1073 ( Monday 13 June 2016 )
1) MSG too politicised: Ambassador Joy
7:45 pm GMT+12, 12/06/2016, Vanuatu
The Vanuatu Ambassador to Brussels, Roy Mickey Joy, says the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) is too politicised, has lost its Melanesian integrity and what it stood for.
Ambassador Roy made the statement to Daily Post when asked if he was still interested in the possibility of becoming the next Director General of the Melanesian regional institution, if the upcoming MSG Leaders Meeting in Suva decides to re-advertise the post of the Director General.
“Honestly, I am no longer interested,” was his simple and direct answer.
Asked to elaborate he said, “Because the MSG has been too politicised by the member Leaders and the MSG has tarnished its integrity.
“There are a lot questions being asked abroad by international organisations about the image of the MSG in Melanesia and the Pacific region.”
Ambassador Roy was the Vanuatu candidate for the MSG top post, when it became vacant.
The Vanuatu Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, wrote a letter to the MSG who is the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogovare, advising him of the Vanuatu candidate.
But shortly after, the member countries learnt that the MSG Chair had already appointed Fiji’s candidate to the top post.
Daily Post understands that the Fiji’s candidate arrived in Port Vila to take his post.
In the meantime, the Daily Post also understands that the pending issue of the Director General of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) will be on top of the agenda in the upcoming MSG leaders meeting in Fiji.
“Whatever the outcome, I am no longer interested because the MSG leaders have politicised the Melanesian Institution and likewise the MSG Secretariat in Port Vila,” Ambassador Joy told the Daily Post.
“Transparency and guiding rules have not been followed when the MSG is supposed to be an independent and impartial and transparent organisation.
“Its influence is at stake. Organisations in the region and abroad are watching and questioning what’s going on in the MSG and the leadership of the MSG.
“As a long serving Ambassador abroad, I am calling on the MSG leaders to come to a drawing board as to how far we have come and where we are going,” stated the Vanuatu Ambassador to Brussels.
He said his second mandate as the Vanuatu Ambassador to Brussels ends in March 2017.
“If the offer is made to me by the Vanuatu Government for a third term in Brussels, I will take it because I want to stand for my country.
“I have always been patriotic regionally and abroad about upholding the image of my country Vanuatu, Ambassador Roy said.
Meanwhile, the Committee of Ambassadors of the Africa Caribbean Pacific Secretariat in Brussels is meeting next week, to prepare a dossier on West Papua for eventual submission to the Council of Ministers of the European Parliament four months away in October.
This was confirmed by the Dean of Ambassadors who is the Vanuatu Ambassador to the European Union, Roy Mickey Joy, during his accreditation to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and World Food Programme (WFP) in Port Vila last Friday.
The Ambassador took the opportunity to assure the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Leingkone, that every workload on West Papua is now on the shoulders of Vanuatu’s special representative to ACP, young and energetic MP Marco Mahe.
“We at the Embassy in Brussels will work closely with MP Mahe, through the Committee of Ambassadors, to ensure that by the time you (Minister of Foreign Affairs) arrive in Brussels in October, we will have made enough consultations and engagements with the European Parliament and members of ACP to support the dossier on West Papua,” Ambassador Joy said.
He asked the Minister to advise the Government that his team on the ground is fully engaged on the West Papua case.
“I have already briefed the Council of Ministers that the Committee of Ambassadors will be meeting in Brussels on the West Papua case next week,” the Minister said.
The Ambassador replied that as Dean of Ambassadors, he will make sure that the West Papua dossier is supported by member countries of Africa Caribbean Pacific.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST/PACNEWS
1st Ordineri Sesen blong Palamen /
Konstityusenel petisen blong Oposisen
1st Ordineri Sesen blong Palamen
1st Ordineri Sesen blong Palamen blong 2016 i bin sidaon long moning ia.
Fes mata we Palamen i bin dil wetem hemi blong mekem swear-in blong MP Gillion Willam. So MP blong yumi i swear-in finis long morning ia minim se naoia hemi wan ful MP!
Afta Presiden blong Ripablik hemi mekem ofisel spij blong hem blong openem 1st Ordineri Sesen blong yia ia. Long spij blong hem, Presiden i askem ol lida blong Gavman mo Palamen blong mas amendem Konstityusen blong mekem ol samting ia:
– karemaot raet blong ol MP blong save jenisim pati o krosem floa blong Palamen olsem we oli wantem
– katem daon hamas mosen blong nogat trast i save gat long wan term blong Palamen
– pasem wan loa blong kontrolem ol politikol pati.
Ol samting ia oli exactly wanem we oli stap insaed long Bill for the Constitution (Seventh) (Amendment) Act No. of 2016, we Gavman i singaotem Spesel Sesen blong Amendem Konstityusen from.
Afta long spij blong Presiden, Spika i anaonsem se i gat wan Oda blong Kot blong 1st Odineri Sesen blong Palamen i no save gohed fastaem from i gat Konstityusenel petisen we Oposisen i putum agensem Spika we i stap long kot. Afta Spika i adjournem siting blong Palamen kasem tumoro moning blong givim taem blong kot i harem petisen blong Oposisen.
Konstityusenel petisen blong Oposisen
Long Fraede, Oposisen i putum wan Konstityusenel petisen long Suprim Kot blong talem se fasen we Spesel Sesen blong Amendem Konstityusen hemi on i stap mo semtaem Ordineri Sesen bae i stat tede hemi no stret folem Konstityusen. Oposisen i klem se yu no save gat 2 sesen blong Palamen i on long sem taem. So kwestin ia nao Kot i bin lukluk long hem tede lo moning.
Afta we mifala i aot long Palamen, mifala faenemaot se Suprim Kot (Jaj Oliver Saksak) i bin grantem aplikesen blong Oposisen mo odarem se 1st Ordineri Sesen blong Paleman i no save sidaon kasem taem we Spesel Sesen blong Amendem Konstityusen i finis.
Spika mo Gavman i disaed finis blong apilim disisen ia i go long Apil Kot mo apil bae i sabmit long Kot tede.
So 1st Ordineri Sesen blong Palamen bae i no sidaon kasem either (a) Apil Kot i sakemaot disisen blong Suprim Kot, o (b) long Fraede afta we Spesel Sesen blong Palamen i finis long Tasde.
Ta, MP Ralph Regenvanu and Vanuatu Minister for Land.
Desite announcements from VBTC of 100% radio coverage of the country, all transmissions of Radio Vanuatu were unable to broadcast from the early hours of this morning: FM, medium wave and short wave. However, just as President Baldwin Lonsdale began the traditional opening speech of the House normal broadcast resumed on FM – until near the end. Some fifteen minutes of thischallenging and moving address were lost at that time.
Head of State Baldwin Lonsdale opened a “new chart for Vanuatu’s destiny” with congratulations to the elected Members of Parliament, entering the national legislature through the doors provided. He congratulated the Prime Minister coming to his post because of his successful relations with the people. He also foresaw the Leader of the Opposition having an ability to guide government. On behalf of the people of Vanuatu he congratulated the 52 who had received the trust of the people and observed how that trust requires a responsibility. The national interest must come first, the Head of State insisted. The events leading up to the snap general election showed people need a change. He saw the newly elected leaders as young and well-educated, the veteran politicians handing over authority to new and younger leaders from both the private and public sectors.
In his new chart for Vanuatu’s destiny, the President sees the topmost area for reform as being political instability. Political instability has been financially burdensome and greatly affecting established policy change. Parliament must be the first to ensure the stability of the nation. The corruption we have seen is an abuse of public trust for private gain, President Lonsdale pointed out. Political stability will only be achieved if MPs ensure the best interests of the people are followed. The perennial motions of no confidence have taken place without following the legal provisions governing them, the President said.
Registration of political parties is important to enable our democracy to be strong. Registration will assist both transparency and justice. President Lonsdale spoke of a need to make the advice of others important to the House. He began with municipal leaders since he was subsequently to refer to the towns needing better physical planning to prevent haphazard squatter suburbs being established because of urban drift. “Hard work can be lost, and investors discouraged”, he said. He was particularly concerned by government’s failure to provide adequate services, starting with the health department’s failure to provide sufficient health equipment in the remote provinces.
Near the end of his speech, before Radio Vanuatu FM transmission was again lost, President Lonsdale called on government to revisit the Officials Salaries Act and the work of the Remuneration Tribunal. The failures apparent here have led to serious differences within the services of government. He drew attention to the 1980 rebellion claims which had not been met, the outstandings owed to the fishermen, and the VNPF 1998 riot compensations still unpaid.
Throughout his speech, the Head of State was clearly seeing the responsibility of running Vanuatu as the responsibility of all MPs, and not just that of the Council of Ministers. It is to be hoped his new charter can be made available by all media without delay.
3) Niue Gets Media Content Boost From New Zealand Broadcasters
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 10, 2016) – Niue has this week marked the introduction of a new television initiative which includes a proposed 12 channels from New Zealand.
The Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Ltd’s Tony O’Brien says the New Zealand Government wanted to showcase New Zealand culture and support Pacific nations and chose to use television and radio as a way to do it.
He said Niue now had 8 hours a day of TVNZ content compared with 11 hours a week previously.
The full programming, involving all 12 TV channels, is still some months away.
The broadcasting initiative, announced at last year’s Pacific Islands Forum, is being progressively rolled out around the Pacific, with ceremonies already held in Papua New Guinea.
4) Record rainfall turns Nuku’alofa into lakes
4:37 pm GMT+12, 12/06/2016, Tonga
Exceptionally heavy, unseasonal rainfall fell across Tongatapu on June 10-11 causing flooding in Nuku’alofa, and turning the capital into a city of lakes, during what is supposed to be the “dry season”.
Fua’amotu recorded 273.1mm of rainfall in the 24 hours between 1:00pm Friday and 1:00pm Saturday 11 June, according to Tonga Met. No rainfall for a 24 hour period in June has exceeded this amount in the last 36 years of records.
This is more than three times above the rainfall expected for the whole month of June – when total monthly rainfall historically averages around 79mm. It was also approaching the record rainfall levels for the year brought to Tonga by Cyclone Winston in February when 293.8mm fell in Vava’u in a 24 hour period, during the wet season.
It was also unusual because the rainfall forecast for June to August 2016 was for continuing drier than normal conditions for most of Tonga, when Tongans were warned to conserve water.
On Friday evening heavy rain lashed Tongatapu as a cold frontal system moved slowly over Tonga, with a north to northwest windflow.
Laitia Fifita the duty meteorological officer said the system bringing the heavy rain had travelled all the way from the east coast of Australia, and dissipated over Tonga today. It was exceptional and not related to a tropical cyclone that might be expected to bring heavy rain, and was outside of the range of the predicted weather forecast for June.
“We do climate analysis on statistics and one of the setbacks of using statistical analysis is that it does not capture the dynamic systems that move in like this,” he said.
This year has been a year of extreme weather for Tonga. The hottest day in Tonga’s recorded history was 35.5C at Niuafo’ou on February 1 this year, when a long heatwave was experienced during the month prior to Cyclone Winston reaching Tonga.
Historically, the climate of Tonga is characterized by the contrast between a wet season from November to April, and a dry season from May-October. About 60% of the rain is expected in the rainy season, but this year was characterized by below average rainfall.
In 2011 a Pacific Climate change science programme predicted that Tonga’s rainfall patterns would change over this century with more extreme rainfall days expected.
Tonga Met has supported the theme of World Meteorological Day this year – warning of climate change that is: “Hotter, drier, wetter: face the Future.”
On March 23 this year the Secretary General of the United Nations World Meteorological Organisation, Petteri Taala said the “future is happening now”. Of the world’s climate he stated, “the alarming rate of change we are now witnessing in our climate as a result of greenhouse gas emissions is unprecedented in modern records.” This included shattered temperature records, intense heat waves, exceptional rainfall, devastating drought and unusual tropical cyclone activity.
In 36 years, figures from the Fua’amotu Weather Centre for June show there has been nothing like the weekend’s 24 hour rain experienced before during the same month (although 2006 experienced a high monthly rainfall totalling 359 mm the largest single day rainfall in June 2006 was 63mm on 9 June and 72mm on 30 June 2006).
SOURCE: MATANGI TONGA/PACNEWS
5) Fritch hopes to sign new autonomy accord with France
4:39 pm GMT+12, 12/06/2016, French Polynesia
French Polynesia’s President hopes to sign a new autonomy accord with France by the end of the year.
Edouard Fritch has told the territorial assembly that the so-called Papeete Accords would redefine the relationship which he said he would like to tie into the framework of the United Nations.
This is to counter the 2013 reinscripton of French Polynesia as a Non-Self-Governing Territory which was achieved by the pro-independence government led by Oscar Temaru.
The Papeete Accords would provide for the compensation of the victims of the French nuclear weapons tests carried out in the South Pacific between 1966 and 1996.
They would also provide for a memorial of the nuclear legacy and a clean-up of Hao atoll, which was a significant military base that is now set to become an aquaculture centre for Chinese investors.
Fritch says the proposed accords follow discussions with the French President Francois Hollande in Tahiti in February when he reportedly suggested the territory’s further development within the French republic..
6) Vehicle tracking saves Samoa government thousands
A Samoan business has saved the government tens of thousands of dollars through a GPS vehicle tracking device aimed at combatting the misuse of company vehicles.
The founders of Skyeye came up with the solution to help save money and resources in both the private and government sectors.
Its clients include the government, which tracks around 200 of its vehicles, and the company is hoping to take its service across the region.
Skyeye’s managing director, Christopher Saili, said a significant amount of money was being wasted through vehicle misuse.
“Already we’ve been able to demonstrate massive savings in the National Health Service in Samoa,” said Mr Saili. “First month of tracking I think they saved 30,000 tala (US$11,000).”
Something that we feel very passionate about is actually being able to make these governments more responsible and understand exactly what they’re spending,” he said. “They don’t actually know that. They don’t have the tools to be able to see that.”13/6/16RNZI
7) Regional secretariat moves from Fiji to Samoa
The head office of the Pacific Immigration Directors Conference Secretariat will be moved from Fiji to Samoa.
At a ceremony in Apia last week attended by representatives from across the region, Samoa’s prime minister, Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, signed a deal formalising the move.
Tuila’epa says the move shows Samoa’s commitment to supporting the secretariat’s vision of border integrity across the Pacific.
He says that with the increase in illegal activities related to people’s movements, as well as drugs and arms smuggling, there is an imperative need for the region to mutually manage their gateways.13/6/16 RNZI
8) Kiribati explores options for its land in Fiji
4:48 pm GMT+12, 12/06/2016, Fiji
The Government of Kiribati does not have any plans yet on how it would utilise its 5000 acres of land worth $10 million (US$5 million) that it purchased in Naviavia, Wailevu West recently.
Speaking on behalf of a government entourage from Kiribati in Naviavia, the nation’s vice-president Kourabi Nenem said the government intended to keep the land as it was for now.
Nenem said they were trying to appoint a caretaker who would look after the purchased land for the time being.
“We heard that there has been interest from Chinese businessmen regarding the land but we are happy to have been given the chance to purchase this land,” he said.
“I want to thank the Government of Fiji and the Anglican Church for considering our offer.
“This trip has been mandated by government and I would like to state here that we are not here to establish ourselves as owners of the land but to meet the neighbouring landowners and talk of how we can work together in the future.”
Nenem also said the visiting team would file a report on the proposals made after their talks with the settlers of Naviavia that would be approved by the Kiribati Government.
Kiribati’s Lands and Environment Minister, Tebao Awerika, assured the people of Naviavia that the land they purchased was not part of the 300 acres of land that was offered to their ancestors by the Anglican Church.
“We are allowing villagers to use those trees from the land that was damaged by Severe TC Winston,” he said.
“But if you intend to cut down more trees than you need to seek the permission of the Kiribati Government through its high commission who will have the final say on these matters,” he said.
“I understand that there is a graveyard on the land that we had purchased and we understand the concerns therefore, we will sit with the Cabinet in Kiribati to see how we can preserve this piece of land,” he said.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
10) Nauru will go to the polls on 09 July
7:46 pm GMT+12, 12/06/2016, Nauru
The Speaker of Nauru’s Parliament, Ludwig Scotty has issued the writ of elections to the electoral commissioner calling for general elections to be held on 09 July 2016.
The 21st Parliament was dissolved at midnight on10 June at the completion of its three year term led by President Baron Waqa.
The one day polling will open at 9:00am and close at 6:00pm.
The nomination day for the general election is Saturday 25 June, 2016.
Candidates may be nominated from 9:00am Sunday 19 June, 2016 until 5:00pm on Saturday 25 June, 2016.
In accordance with section 58 of the Electoral Act, 2016, a person who has been nominated as a candidate may withdraw by notice in writing given to the Electoral Commissioner no later than 12:00 midday on Friday 01 July, 2016.
The roll will be closed for the general election on Saturday 18 June, 2016 at 5:00pm.
Nominations will be received at the Electoral Commission Office, Civic Centre, Aiwo District.
As announced in the last parliament sitting on 10 June, the candidate nomination fee has been amended to $500 (US$368).
SOURCE: NAURU GOVT/PACNEWS
11) Nauru Parliament passes new budget, reduces election nomination fee
7:43 pm GMT+12, 12/06/2016, Nauru
The Twenty-first Parliament sat for the last time over a two-day sitting on 9-10 June before automatic dissolution at midnight on 10 June.
At the sitting on 9 June President Baron Waqa presented the Electoral (Amendment) Bill No.2 2016 announcing a reduction in the nomination fee for election candidates from $2000 to $500 (US$1,473 – US$368)
The second amendment gives powers to the Electoral Commissioner to designate additional polling stations.
In presenting the bill President Waqa said the decrease in the fee “will provide an opportunity to open up the pool of potential election candidates, to ensure that the electoral process is transparent and accessible and to give every eligible voter in Nauru the opportunity to vote.”
The reduction in the nomination fee comes after further research carried out by the Electoral Commission taking into account and comparing nomination fees for other jurisdictions and associated costs of living and salary components.
“As a result, it was recommended that the quantum of the nomination fee for candidates in the Act be decreased,” President Waqa said.
Despite some dissent from the floor in relation to the nomination fee reduction, the bill was passed.
Amongst the bills presented Minister for Finance David Adeang tabled the Appropriation Bill 2016-17, the fourth budget to be presented by the Waqa government with a projected budget surplus of $370,678 (US$273,194).
Nauru’s development partners are expected to provide a further $17.16 million (US$12.64 million) in assistance.
The budget also maintains the government’s commitment to provide for future generations by continuing contributions to the Nauru Trust Fund a further $10.4 million ( US$7.4 million) bringing the fund to approximately $50 million (US$36.8 million) by the end of next year.
SOURCE: LOOP NAURU/PACNEWS
12) Marshalls Call For Study Of US Military Base Pollution
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 10, 2016) – A senator from Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, David Paul, says chemical contamination of fish there is ‘a public health concern of epic proportion.’
Mr Paul was speaking ahead of this week’s annual Marshall Islands-United States defence consultations in Majuro.
Our correspondent said the contamination issue was on the agenda following the release last year of US Army reports that showed significant levels of PCBs – polychlorinated biphenyls – in the waters around the US missile defence base on the atoll.
Giff Johnson said because Marshall Islanders eat the whole fish their exposure to the cancer causing pollutants is much higher than for others eating fish.
“The Marshall Islands and Kwajalein senators, particularly, are pushing the army – they want to get an epidemiological study going, they want to have a much more detailed look at the fish contamination issue, not just at one or two islands but around the atoll, and I think they are also talking about trying to get some independent scientists to take a look at the army studies to give them advice on what next steps should be.”
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13a ) Brèves du Pacifique – vendredi 10 juin 2016
Le calme est revenu dans Port-Moresby, la capitale de Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, après les violences de mercredi.
13b) Élections en Australie : les Aborigènes s’unissent pour faire entendre leurs voix
À trois semaines des élections générales, plus de 50 organisations aborigènes lancent un appel commun aux candidats. Dans cette « déclaration Redfern », elles font part de leurs principales demandes, dont le rétablissement d’un ministère des Affaires indigènes.
13c) Fidji : John Key bousculé par Frank Bainimarama
14) Social Impacts should derail trade talks: experts
7:53 pm GMT+12, 12/06/2016, Fiji
Pacific island governments must retain their right to regulate to protect their national development interests, which include the ownership and control of land, natural resources and environment, as well as the social and economic rights of their people ahead of the empty development promises from Australia and New Zealand and walk away from the regional trade talks known as PACER-Plus, a new report released today recommends.
The report titled, Defending Pacific ways of life: A Peoples Social Impact Assessment of PACER-Plus, was commissioned by the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) to provide Pacific governments, negotiators, parliamentarians, civil society actors, customary landowners and the private sector with an alternative assessment to the impacts that PACER-Plus will have on the region.
“This assessment, based on leaked negotiating text, warns of the very serious implications that PACER-Plus poses to island countries in the region. When negotiations were launched they were sold as being a development agreement but instead we’re seeing Australia and New Zealand aggressively advancing their strategic political and economic interests at the expense of the Pacific’s right to determine its own development,” commented Maureen Penjueli, PANG Coordinator.
The report, comprises of four assessments from leading academics in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia, examines the impacts of PACER-Plus on gender, health, food and national sovereignty.
It finds that PACER-Plus will put handcuffs on governments, hindering the ability of Pacific governments to balance commercial interests with regulatory sovereignty and social rights, fails to provide sufficient safe guards, and lacks the flexibilities afforded to least developed and developing countries. The authors independently of each other conclude that the overall benefits will accrue to Australia and New Zealand while substantial impacts will be borne by Pacific island countries particularly those that are non-WTO members and the four least developed island countries.
Professor Jane Kelsey, from the University of Auckland states in the assessment on services and investment chapters of PACER-Plus, “such agreements, especially as they relate to investment, are highly controversial and growing number of countries are withdrawing from them and developing substitutes that balance commercial interests with regulatory sovereignty and social rights.”
Dr Jagjit Plahe and Wendell Cornwall from Monash University argue that PACER-Plus “will severely constrain the capacity of the FICs to protect, respect and fulfil the right to food” and that the Pacific “will be unable to use tariffs to protect their local producers, processors and exporters against dumping, and their citizens from exposure to unhealthy foods.”
Dr Deborah Gleeson from La Trobe University commented in the assessment that the current contents “presents a range of risks to health which appear to outweigh the small prospects of health benefits arising from the agreement”.
In critiquing the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA), Dr Claire Slatter from the University of the South Pacific said, “OTCA hastily engineered and technically flawed SIA do little to earn respect for OCTA, much less inspire confidence in the (OCTA’s) SIA authenticity or independence, and fail to adequately address the gendered impacts of PACER-Plus.”
“This report demonstrates how PACER-Plus will have a greater negative impact on women, will worsen health outcomes, undermine food sovereignty and restrict what governments can do in defence of national development interest. The findings directly challenge the Office of the Chief Trade Advisers (OCTA) Social Impact Assessment and demonstrate just how biased and poorly advised our country negotiators are, glossing over the potential impacts whilst exaggerating benefits,” stated Penjueli.
PACER-Plus negotiations were controversially launched in 2009. Pacific Island Forum Leaders have called for the PACER-Plus talks to be completed in June 2016 however that is unlikely.
“PACER-Plus should not proceed one step further until there is complete release of all negotiating materials especially country level schedules so we can gather a full picture of what each country is committing” added Penjueli.
“We’re only just scratching the surface on assessing the social impacts of PACER-Plus and already it shows how bad it can be if adopted in its current form. These are the warning signs and Pacific governments need to heed them and stop walking down this path” concluded Penjueli.
15) PM Bainimarama urged to return to PIF
4:44 pm GMT+12, 12/06/2016, Fiji
There is no way New Zealand will leave the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF).
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key made the statement Friday as he ended his two-day bilateral discussions with his Fijian counterpart, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
Key said New Zealand was a strong member of the forum.
“New Zealand will always be members of the Pacific Islands Forum and that is because the Pacific Islands Forum is about the leadership that Australia and New Zealand show across the great many countries in the Pacific and we have a responsibility to those countries,” he said.
Key said he had had discussions with Bainimarama on Fiji’s position in the forum.
“What would be great if the Prime Minister (Mr Bainimarama) would return himself to the Pacific forum and every other level.
“Fiji will be reengaged and I think given that Fiji is quite significant in the Pacific, it would be great to see them return.
He said being a member of the forum required more than just being involved.
Bainimarama has earlier stated that Fiji would not be part of the forum as long as Australia and New Zealand were part of it.
This year’s forum meeting will be hosted by the Federated States of Micronesia from September 7 to 11.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
16) EEA: Ten EU nations still breaching pollution limits
Monday, June 13, 2016
LONDON – Air pollution from sources such as transport and agriculture is still above legal limits in 10 European Union member states, data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) showed on Friday.
Since 2010, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg have persistently breached their emissions ceilings for nitrogen oxides; Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg have exceeded their limits for non-methane volatile organic compounds; and Austria, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Spain have exceeded limits for ammonia, the EEA said.
In 2014, 10 member states reported emissions data for these pollutants which were the above the ceiling for at least one.
Nitrogen oxides are produced by exhaust fumes from road transport while ammonia derives from the use of fertilisers and the handling of animal manure. Nitrogen dioxide is a harmful component of nitrogen oxides, causing respiratory problems and cardiovascular disease.
17) EU commits $11.9m to Fiji
Monday, June 13, 2016
A FURTHER $11.9 million has been made available to Fiji by the European Union to support sustainable energy and agriculture projects in the country.
European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica announced this at the Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Climate Change in New Zealand this week and said the funding was part of $34.5m that was distributed to Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor Leste.
“I am pleased to announce that to take forward our commitment to supporting investment the EU will make a special allocation to the EU Investment Facility for the Pacific to leverage investment projects in sustainable energy and agriculture in the region involving the private sector,” Mr Mimica said.
“Agriculture is a key sector for sustainable development in the region and together with fisheries, agriculture provides the basic livelihood for the majority of the people in the Pacific.
“Our efforts and partnership to improving access to sustainable energy in the rural areas will no doubt facilitate agricultural growth.”
Mr Mimica said improving the energy sector alone would not be enough therefore agriculture and rural development must also be assisted.
“The EU, jointly with the Pacific, have been at the forefront of international efforts to conclude the Paris agreement and will continue to support its implementation to reduce emissions and build resilience in developing countries, with a special focus on Small Islands Developing States.
“From 2014-2020, the EU will spend at least EUR14billion ($F33.26b), an average of EUR2b ($F4.75b) per year to support activities in developing countries.”Fijitimes
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20) Rates of HIV in Pacific going down, says UN
A United Nations official says HIV infections in the Pacific are going down, but there’s still a long way to go.
The director of the Asia and Pacific region for UNAIDS, Steve Kraus, said Papua New Guinea still accounts for 95 percent of people living with the virus in the Pacific.
He said that throughout the Asia-Pacific region, 5 million people have HIV but overall new infections are declining.
Steve Kraus said people’s mobility contributes to the spread of the virus, but discrimination stops people from being tested.
“Among the other Pacific Islands, rates remain very low, most of the countries have either no or just a handful of cases each year,” said Mr Kraus.
“The one exception would of course be Papua New Guinea, which of course has around 37 thousand people living with HIV. We know that what we do over the next three, to four, to five years between now and 2020 is that we actually have to intensify are efforts.”13/6/16RNZI
21) New TB machine to boost efficiency
The National,Friday June 10th, 2016
THE Oil Search Foundation has facilitated training for Kikori Hospital staff on the use of a machine which tests sputum to confirm whether a person has tuberculosis.
Manas Sukumara, a specialist biomedical technician at the Meddent Medical Services, calibrated the GeneXpert machine and trained hospital staff on how to operate and maintain it.
The machine will be used for diagnosing TB by detecting DNA in TB bacteria in sputum samples in less than two hours. It will also be used to detect drug-resistant TB.
Hospital administrator Larry Kaipu thanked Oil Search for assisting the District Health Services and Gulf Christian Services.
“Current statistics show that two to three cases of TB are diagnosed daily. This is a real cause for concern,” he said.
“Being able to take full advantage of the GeneXpert machine will boost our efficiency as it reduces the waiting time for results from weeks to hours in diagnosing TB and drug-resistant TB.”
“This is a vital step in helping us achieve optimal standard of care for our patients in line with the national plan in tackling TB in PNG,” he said.
22) Severe Intestinal Flu Outbreak In Vanuatu Kills One, Going On 3 Weeks
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 13, 2016) – A diarrhoea outbreak in Vanuatu has killed one child and hospitalised several others, some in a critical condition.
The head of paediatrics at Vila Central Hospital, Annette Garae, says the outbreak started three weeks ago in Port Vila and the ward is having to reshuffle rooms to make space for patients.
She told the Daily Post that over 100 patients have been seen for diarrhoea and vomiting, and one in five of them have been admitted for treatment.
The acting medical services manger at Northern Provincial Hospital in Santo, Basil Leodoro, says the children’s ward there is starting to fill up with patients as well.
Dr Garae says parents whose children have vomiting and suffering from diarrhoea should see a doctor immediately, as they could be at risk of severe dehydration.
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23) DWU first to introduce online examinations
The National,Friday June 10th, 2016
Divine Word University (DWU) will now be the first in Papua New Guinea to deliver its examinations online.
The online examination is an innovative concept of the university after it was successfully introduced in last year’s second semester examination.
Students will bring their laptops into the examination rooms, open up the online examination and type their answers in the spaces provided.
Their answers will be automatically recorded into the system for their lecturers to pick up and mark.
The online examinations also coincides with the inaugural examinations for DWU’s first intake of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) students.
The 29 MBBS students will sit for their exams this week.
More than 1600 students enrolled in other full-time undergraduate programmes will also be sitting for their online examinations over two weeks, starting this week.
24) Court orders suspension of Vanuatu’s parliament
Vanuatu’s Supreme Court has ordered that Parliament be suspended while a constitutional petition filed by the opposition is heard by the court.
The opposition had objected to a special session of parliament being called for last week, and subsequently boycotted the session, meaning the required quorom of three-quarters of MPs was not met.
Because the quorum wasn’t met, the session has to be rescheduled for later this week, with only a two-thirds quorum required.
In the meantime, the ordinary session started today, but the opposition applied for this session to be stopped, arguing it is an infringement of its rights if the two sessions run concurrently.
Before the session was suspended today, the parliament witnessed new Efate MP, Gillion William of the Graon Mo Jastis Pati being sworn in.
Also, the president of Vanuatu, Father Baldwin Lonsdale, made a speech stressing the need for MPs to seriously consider the registration of political parties in the future to help promote transparency and justice in the country’s political system.
Mr Lonsdale said with the recent events in Vanuatu, its struggles with corruption and bribery, he believed that the registration of political parties would protect the country’s democracy.13/6/16 RNZI
25) Landowner in court for misuse
The National,Friday June 10th, 2016
Former chairman of a landowner group in Hela appeared in the Waigani Committal Court on Tuesday charged with misappropriation.
John Wakape, from Kopiago, was alleged to have misused more than K6 million of land royalties of the Awe-Embe Incorporation Landowner Group (AEILG).
Magistrate Cosmos Bidar told Wakape that complaints against him were just allegations and had to be proven.
Bidar said the case involved a large sum of money and evidence from bank payments and documentations had to be provided.
“Police will have to investigate and provide records of payments,” Bidar said.
It was alleged that between 2014 and 2015, Wakape, as chairman of AEILG, used K6,842,300 for his own purposes without the knowledge of other members of AEILG.
The money was paid by the government as landowner royalty to AEILG.
Wakape had appeared from custody and his lawyer applied for bail.
Bidar granted him bail for K5000 bail with conditions – that he not interfere with witnesses, remained in NCD and attended court on dates set by the court until the case was dealt with.
26) Foreign news agencies wrong
The National,Friday June 10th, 2016
THE Government had termed as “intentionally reckless” reports by international news organisations on Wednesday’s events in Port Moresby involving University of PNG students and police.
Foreign Affairs secretary William Dihm said the visa status of the foreign correspondent in Port Moresby would need to be reviewed because of it.
Dihm said: “At times like this, foreign media and foreign governments and organisations have an interest in what is happening in Papua New Guinea.
“Foreign media and some foreign governments we believe have reported on what is happening here from their foreign eyes and from their perspective.
“For instance, the death of students – they were very quick to report that and not some aspects that the Government was trying to do in a challenging time.
“Some of this reporting were intentionally reckless.”
He said people who had reported in such a manner should apologise to the nation and the Government “or perhaps their visa status in this country may need to be looked at again”.
Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari said different stories on the incident had gone viral on social media.
He urged the media to be responsible and their reports have to be based on facts.
Lupari said the negative reporting even caused a commercial flight from Australia to turn back on Wednesday.
“One of the international media in the country has broadcast live internationally students being shot dead by police. This was not true,” he said.
“People were injured but no deaths. It damages the image and credibility of the country.”
27) Kava “Green Gold” for Vanuatu economy: Ambassador Joy
7:49 pm GMT+12, 12/06/2016, Vanuatu
The international market price of kava could soar up 10 fold, if things are done properly by the government and local authorities, and could become the ‘green gold’ of Vanuatu.
Vanuatu Ambassador to Brussels, Roy Mickey Joy, revealed in an interview with the Daily Post saying it could surpass every other Vanuatu export commodities such as, copra, cocoa, fish and beef in the international market.
He said Vanuatu will host a Pacific Conference on kava in the coming eight weeks that will attract many Pacific Island states that grow and export kava plant, that include Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands and countries in the Pacific region.
The purpose of the kava conference will be to look at the study, findings, and report on kava as huge economic potential for Vanuatu and the Pacific Island States in the international market place. The study is a result of research project and report put together by an Italian consultant firm with the funding of Vt30 million made available by the European Union, for the study that is now completed, Ambassador Joy told Daily Post.
“This is the first time that such a major study on Kava has been undertaken,” he said.
“The study draws three conclusions. Firstly, the Vanuatu and Pacific kava industry must be subject to internationally accepted standard and protocol for export into world market, secondly the study also underscores the importance of kava to be graded overseas as a beverage or food and thirdly, the United Nations (UN) Food and Agricultural Organisations (FAO) must be able to accept Vanuatu and Pacific kava as a product to be traded internationally.”
Once this is all in place, as far as Vanuatu is concern, the Government and Parliament must be able to regulate kava industry and appoint a competent authority with the objective of administering and controlling Vanuatu kava industry because the ACP-EU has already accepted the Vanuatu kava as a product and is prepared to support local farmers in kava planting and seedling,” the Ambassador emphasised in his remarks on the Vanuatu product.
“Be rest assured that once everything is done properly and are in place, the international investors will certainly be interested to come to Vanuatu to place huge investment in the reproduction and bottled kava globally,” said Ambassador Joy, who has been instrumental over the past years in getting Vanuatu kava into the world market.
“Once the upcoming Vanuatu-Pacific Kava Conference that takes place in eight weeks is over, the Vanuatu Government must take over the ownership of the kava industry and ensure the appropriate laws for this are discussed by all authorities concerned including; the farmers, the provincial governments, the municipalities because kava price will soar 10 folds in the world market.
“Kava traditionally originated from Vanuatu and once the whole processes, procedures, appropriate laws are passed and put in place with the right administrative control, kava could become the dynamic economy for this country, beyond fish, copra, beef and other Vanuatu internationally accepted market products today,” Ambassador Joy gave his assurance on the huge potential of what he termed the ‘Green Gold’ future Economy of Vanuatu.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST/PACNEWS
28) Ethane-power is cheaper: Micah
The National,Friday June 10th, 2016
By Malum Nalu
PETROLEUM and Energy Minister Ben Micah says the US$2 billion (K6b) ethane-power transmitting plant in Madang will mean cheaper and accessible electricity for the country by 2019.
He told The National yesterday that it had been something he had been working on since 2012 when he was minister for State-owned enterprises.
He said national executive council had already looked at the proposal from the American Ethane Company and had referred it back to the Central Agencies Coordinating Committee.
Micah he wanted to develop an energy policy and plan which would bring power to 100 per cent of the population within 20 years.
“That is why I was able to develop the energy policy with the contribution of the Department of Public Enterprise and State Investments, Department of Petroleum and Energy, and key stakeholders in both renewable and non-renewable energy,” he said.
Micah said various sources of energy looked at included oil, gas, coal, hydro, geo-thermal, wind and solar.
“All our major hydro projects which will enable cheaper, renewable sources are still a long way down the line,” he said.
“Geo-thermal is the same. Solar and wind cannot develop high capacity that can meet the requirements of developing industries, as well as several large mines that are in the pipeline to be developed within the next 10 to 15 years. Therefore, we had to look for other alternatives, others sources which are cleaner and cheape and can be available in the long-term in large quantities.”
29) Air Niugini increases flights to Japan
The National,Friday June 10th, 2016
AIR Niugini will start its second Japan service next month, says chief executive officer Simon Foo.
In preparation for that, the airline and Japanese travel agents and tour operators are continuing to create awareness in Japan, he said.
Japanese travel writers arrived in the country last month and toured Mt Hagen, Madang, Alotau and Rabaul to write feature stories promoting PNG in the Japanese market.
“Air Niugini is supporting the Government’s initiative to further develop and enhance tourism in the country,” Foo said.
“Therefore, the more awareness we create in the Japan market, the better it is for the airline and the country.”
Eight Japanese travel agents travelled to PNG and other Pacific Island countries which Air Niugini flies to.
They specialise in selling the Pacific and Australia in Japan.
“We have to agreed on certain airfare pricing with tour operators for tour packages as the second service allows maximum flexibility for Japanese operators to create package holidays of the most attractive duration to maximise tourism numbers,” Foo said.
Air Niugini is placing advertisement in the Japanese media, updating the airline’s website with promotions on Japan and creating awareness on the Japanese tours in Australia, Fiji and Solomon Island markets.
Air Niugini’s second service to Narita airport comes into effect on July 6. Flight PX 054 will be operating every Wednesday, departing Port Moresby at 2.10pm and arriving in Narita at 7.55pm (local time).
The return flight arrives in Port Moresby on Thursdays at 4.55am. Air Niugini currently operates a weekly service to Japan, departing every Saturday at 2.10pm.
30) Big plans for East Guadalcanal
Published: 13 June 2016
TWO major projects are earmarked for East Guadalcanal Constituency this year.
That was according to the constituency’s MP Bradley Tovosia.
“Housing scheme and proper water supply and sanitation are the two projects I am earmarking for implementation this year,” he added.
“They are my priority projects for this year apart from others.”
He said before one can do anything else, they need good housing and clean and proper water and sanitation.
“This is why I am giving these two projects my priority.”
The projects will be funded under the constituency’s Development Fund, which are drawn from tax papers’ money.
Each constituency receives more than $6 million each year in development funds.
Mr Tovosia said housing and water are basic human needs.
On Wednesday this week, more than 6000 roofing irons, a tractor and others building materials were shipped to East Guadalcanal.
Mr Tovosia said that next shipment will be next month.
Constituent Michael Keu said that they are hoping to see more improvement in their housing scheme and proper water supply and sanitation from now and onwards.
By LESLEY SANGA/Solomon Star
31) Water supply system a milestone development for Malo communities
Posted: Monday, June 13, 2016 8:00 am
A new water project will see villages in east Malo in Sanma province have access to clean water.
The project was launched by Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Ralph Regenvanu, on May 23 at Amapelau community, Malo. The project is a partnership of the Department of Geology Mines and Water Resources, World Vision Vanuatu, and UNICEF, with funding from the New Zealand Aid Programme.
Minister Regenvanu thanked World Vision Vanuatu for the project’s implementation, UNICEF for the technical assistance, the government and the support of the communities for this huge achievement.
Minister Regenvanu emphasized that the government is looking forward to strengthen and amend the Water Supply Law.
“The Government will set a National Drinking Water standard which will be amended in Parliament next month (June), after that water management committees will have power to manage the water supply and will empower the Department of Water to prosecute whoever might want to destroy a water system,” stated Minister Regenvanu.
He urged the community to protect the water source from deforestation and to keep the system running for future generations.
Mr. Erickson Sammy, Director of Department of Water, thanked the traditional land owner where the source is located, and urged communities to work together to make the project a success.
UNICEF’s representative, Brecht Mommem, pointed out that this is not only a water project but a WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) project, and World Vision Vanuatu will support the communities on the importance of clean water, basic toilets, and good hygiene practices, which are essential for the development of children.
He also encouraged the community to include women in the water committee as the participation of women is very important. Global evidence suggests that the participation of women in these committees contribute to a better functionality of rural water supply systems, as they are the main users and thus have a vested interest to ensure that the system continues to operate.
World Vision Vanuatu Country Director, Michael Wolfe, shared several examples of previous WASH projects where communities in Vanuatu have joined hands and worked together to manage their resources in ways that benefit everyone.
“What story do you want me to tell about Malo in 5 years’ time – will it be a story of people fighting and cutting through water pipes, or a success story of good cooperation in building a water system that is well managed by the communities and everyone benefits?” he asked, concluding his address.
After the ceremony the Minister and community members walked to the water source together.
32) EU gears up to approve Paris climate agreement
4:35 pm GMT+12, 12/06/2016, Belgium
The Brussels bureaucracy made its first step towards ratifying the Paris climate agreement on Friday.
In a nudge to national governments, the European Commission published a draft motion for the Council of leaders to consider.
With the US and China promising to join the pact in 2016 and India not far behind, the pressure is on for the EU to keep up.
Climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said: “After Paris, the EU is doing its homework. We are determined to maintain the momentum and spirit of Paris and ensure the early ratification – and the swift implementation – of this historic agreement.
“Today’s proposal demonstrates our continued commitment to lead the global clean energy transition and build a modern, sustainable and more climate-friendly economy. I am confident that the European Parliament, Council and member states will complete the respective ratification procedures promptly.“
No timeline has been agreed, however. Lawyers are still debating whether the EU can ratify before each member state has its laws in place.
France and Hungary have completed their parliamentary processes. Brussels sources say others including Sweden, Portugal and Austria are prepared to do the same this year.
Bulgaria, Czechia and Croatia are among those unwilling to formally endorse the deal before the bloc’s 2030 carbon target has been divided up. That process kicks off next month and is due to be finalised in late 2017.
The UK’s plans are on hold until 23 June, when voters decide whether to leave the EU.
The Paris Agreement comes into force when 55 countries representing 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions deposit their instruments of ratification with the UN. Researchers at Climate Analytics say 42 governments responsible for 52% of emissions are promising to do so in 2016, bringing the threshold close.
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi affirmed a desire to seal the deal “as early as possible” in a visit to the White House this week, potentially adding 4%.
While there is no question the EU intends to back the deal it helped negotiate, tardiness will be frowned upon by international allies. It faces the prospect of not being fully signed up by the time the Agreement takes effect.
SOURCE: CLIMATE HOME/PACNEWS
33) PNA accuses US of abusing tuna conservation rule
The Parties to the Nauru Agreement say a new United States government fishing regulation violates a Tuna Commission conservation measure on high seas fishing.
The measure had been approved last year by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.
But the PNA’s outgoing chief executive, Transform Aqorau, says the US rule that came in last month aims to allow its purse seine fleet to evade the Commission’s measure.
The US’s National Marine Fisheries Service on May 25th allocated 1828 fishing days for the US purse seine fleet, but last year’s Tuna Commission measure allowed for 1270 fishing days for the US fleet.
This measure had been endorsed by the US and other Commission members.
Dr Aqorau says the U.S. government came up with this figure by combining 558 fishing days from its exclusive economic zones in American Samoa and Guam with the Commission’s limit of 1,270.
He says this is a superpower abusing a measure it agreed to six months ago.13/6/16RNZI
34) Coast Guard, Navy complete joint fisheries patrol in oceania, promote regional stability
4:41 pm GMT+12, 12/06/2016, United States
Coast Guard, Navy complete joint fisheries patrol in oceania, promote regional stability
HONOLULU, 13 JUNE 2016 (DEFENCE NEWS) — The Coast Guard and Navy completed a 40-day joint mission in the Central and South Pacific under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative to combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security Monday.
A Coast Guard law enforcement detachment from Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team Detachment 108 embarked USS Spruance (DDG 111) and conducted 20 fisheries enforcement boardings with the assistance of the Navy’s Visit, Board, Search and Seizure team and enforcement shipriders from the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.
“OMSI demonstrates the ability to partner with not only military agencies, but local agencies,” said Cmdr. Manuel Hernandez, commanding officer, Spruance. “The ability to leverage the unique capacity and capabilities of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and their experience in law enforcement, USDAO, Foreign Fisheries Agency, and our partner nations in the area in support of the security and stability, and therefore the prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region is incredible.”
Ten of the boardings were conducted on the high seas under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission guidelines, with one potential violation for tampering with a vessel monitoring system found. The other 10 were conducted in the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau exclusive economic zones, with three violations of improper logging of catch and one violation for lack of a bait fishing permit found.
“As captain of this ship, I am absolutely proud of the achievements, the success and the proficiency of this war fighting ship called Spruance,” said Hernandez. “Not only from the tangible aspect of conducting 20 boardings, but also in strengthening our strategic partnerships in the area.”
Partnership between the Coast Guard and Navy supports OMSI, a Secretary of Defense program to use Department of Defense assets transiting the pacific region to build maritime domain awareness, ultimately supporting the Coast Guard’s maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania.
Boarding teams inspected documentation and fish holds for illegal activity and compliance with conservation and management measures. Coast Guard teams and Pacific Island Nation shipriders routinely conduct joint boardings within the host country’s exclusive economic zones to protect the ocean and the living marine resources within.
“Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing undermines efforts to conserve and manage global fish stocks,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. Richard Howes, chief of enforcement, Coast Guard 14th District response division.
“The OMSI mission along with our partnerships with Australia, New Zealand, France, and Pacific Island Nations helps deter illegal fishing and promote economic and environmental stability in the region.”
The Coast Guard is responsible for patrolling the waters around the numerous islands associated with the United States throughout the region. Each of these islands has territorial waters stretching out to 12 nautical miles from shore.
Beyond that, stretching out to 200 nautical miles is an exclusive economic zone, an area defined by international law that allows each nation exclusive rights to the exploration and use of the marine resources within. Oceania contains 43 percent, or approximately 1.3 million square miles, of United States’ EEZs.
The Spruance is an Arleigh-Burke class guided missile destroyer with a crew of 260 officers and enlisted homeported in San Diego. Spruance is deployed as part of a U.S. 3rd Fleet Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) under Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31 (CDS 31).
SOURCE: DEFENCE NEWS/PACNEWS
35) Reggae slam coming here
Published: 03 June 2016
SENTINEL SOUND OF GERMANY
WORLD’S number one with the best rated reggae sound system, and music event organisers are coming to the Solomon Islands.
This is history happening real to the Pacific shores, a sound system all the way from Europe – world’s best reggae/dancehall soundkillas.
Known as the Sentinel Sound from Germany, it has the biggest reggae culture and many reggae events around the world – the biggest being the ‘Summer Jam’ that attracts more than 50,000 people.
Thanks to the Rebel Inc Production and its management for making this happening.
Rebel Inc Management said the idea behind bringing this world’s best is to get the taste of the best and have an event that is different – the Pacific reggae jam style.
“It will be called the ‘SOLOMON REGGAE SLAM’,” said the Rebel Inc Management.
The Rebel Inc Management said this event will be the first and a start thus will be organised at the Cowboys Bar and Grill.
“Keen reggae lovers will know some of the reggae events organised by this group, they are the people behind the success of those events.
“Tickets will be affordable unlike previous events,” said the management.
Comprises of DJ Olde, DJ Allji, Selecta Daniel, Selectress Nadia Elmar and Selecta Uli they produce some of the best winning reggae sounds that wins top awards in the world.
Winners to Sound System Championships such as RIDDIM KLASH in Germany, THE NEW YORK WORLD CLASH in New York, UK CUP CLASH in London and the WORLD CLASH in Jamaica making them the world’s number one sound system killers.
For years, their popularity has earn them performances in the world’s biggest Reggae and Dancehall events like Rototom Sunsplash in Italy, Sudo-Este in Portugal, Reggae in the desert in Israel and the mighty summer jam in Germany.
They also get the best reggae/dancehall artists in the world to do special remixes and dub-plates includes Damien Jr Gong Marley, Sean Paul, Romain Virgo, Collie Buddz, Toots to name a few.
Event will take place July 2nd 2016 at the Cowboys Bar and Grill.
By BRADFORD THEONOMI/ Solomon Star.
36) PNG rue what could have been in OFC Nations Cup
Papua New Guinea are still ruing what could have been after an agonising defeat in the final of football’s Oceania Nations Cup.
The home side went unbeaten throughout the tournament in regular time and held the All Whites scoreless through 120 minutes but were beaten 4-2 on penalties, as New Zealand qualified for the lucrative Confederations Cup.
Kapuls coach Flemming Serritslev believed his side could have won the game and said New Zealand were lucky to finish the game with 11 players.
“We were denied the biggest chance when Raymond Gunemba was almost through and he was axed from behind and for me it was very strange that the New Zealand player didn’t get a red card. You cannot never say it would have been a goal or not – I’m just saying it was a very big chance for us because he was totally through when he was axed from behind.”
Flemming Serritslev said the home side’s best chance to win the game was always going to be in normal time.
“From the beginning I was a bit worried if it would go to a penalty shootout because our players are very emotional players and you have to understand that they are not living every day in a professional environment so of course it worried me from the beginning if it goes to a penalty shootout and it showed out that it was correct that we were not able to manage the pressure that was put on us in the penalty shootout.”
Papua New Guinea are back in action on Friday in a one-off game against Malaysia in Port Moresby and Flemming Serritslev said he was confident they would be able to source further international matches in the lead-up to next year’s third stage of World Cup qualifying.13/6/16RNZI
37) NRL, firm partner up for school intiative
The National,Friday June 10th, 2016
GE and the National Rugby League have announced a partnership to expand the league’s wellbeing program across Papua New Guinea schools.
The NRL Wellbeing program me aims to help students make the connections between physical activity, nutrition and mental wellness.
Nearly 20,000 primary school students from Port Moresby, East New Britain and the Eastern Highlands province will benefit from the program and increased education.
“PNG is a nation of Rugby League lovers and this program is a fantastic way to harness the power of sport to inspire children to take charge of their wellbeing,” said GE PNG country leader, Peter Loko.
“Through our experience in healthcare partnerships in PNG, we understand the immense healthcare challenges the country faces and the importance of supporting programs such as this, which address those challenges at a grassroots level.”
GE has been in PNG since 1952, supplying the generators and turbines for the Port Moresby Hydro Electricity scheme. It deepened its commitment to PNG when it opened its Port Moresby office in 2014.
38) Island to host two-week soccer challenge
The National,Friday June 10th, 2016
FORTY-three teams are contesting in the two-week Manus Governor’s Cup soccer challenge at the Prince William Oval.
According to Manus Soccer interim president Jack Nawi Changau, there are 32 men’s and 11 women’s teams competing for spots in the upcoming New Guinea Islands Besta Cup qualifier in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and the PNG Games in West New Britain.
Selected players will have the opportunity to vie for spots in the National Soccer League Admiralty Peliaus squad.
The soccer challenge is a lead-up to the Manus provincial games scheduled for June 20. Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin appealed to players to play by the rules and use the soccer challenge as a development pathway to strengthen football in the province.
Benjamin said Manus in its glory days was known for supplying the majority of players in the PNG national team, however that was no longer the case now.
Meanwhile, Manus community development manager Poyap Ponau assured the managers and respective sporting heads that there would be no more deferrals and the provincial games was set to start as determined.
39) Fiji battle back to win Pacific Nations Cup opener
5:42 pm GMT+12, 12/06/2016, Fiji
Fiji have got their World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup campaign off to the perfect start with a 23-18 victory over Tonga in Suva on Saturday.
With incoming World Rugby Vice-Chairman Agustin Pichot in attendance, the Fijians overcame a 15-0 deficit to run in three second-half tries to beat a physical and spirited Tonga team.
With the additional motivation of Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification places available to the top two teams in the Pacific Nations Cup over a two-year period, the action was always going to be compelling and the teams did not disappoint.
In the Suva sun, the action was as hot as the weather with both teams throwing caution to the wind in the opening exchanges.
The Tongans were irresistible with wave upon wave of early attacking rugby, led from the front by evergreen captain Nili Latu, resulting in an early penalty for Sonatane Takalua.
With Fiji unable to get a foothold, Tonga continued to press and made a big statement with two tries in the space of three minutes with impressive winger Viliame Iongi opening the account after impressive footwork close to the line and shortly after Takalua added the extras he was scoring Tonga’s second try on 30 minutes, which he again converted for a 15-0 half time lead.
In a remarkable match of two halves, the second 40 also delivered a story of two quick tries as fly-half Ben Volavola got Fiji off the mark in the 45th minute, converted by Seremaia Bai, before number eight Nemia Soqeta powered over in the 50th minute to bring the hosts to within three points.
Tonga and Fiji then exchanged penalties before Bai levelled the match at 18-18 in the 71st minute. The final nine minutes were frantic, but the experienced Veroniki Goneva delighted the home support with a try in the 75th minute, which Bai converted to secure a dramatic win.
The match was also significant as it marked the 71st test match for referee Nigel Owens, who surpassed Jonathan Kaplan as the world’s most-capped referee. It was a day of celebration for the Welshman, who was also awarded an MBE for services to sport in the Queen’s birthday honours.
Meanwhile, Samoa drew 19-19 with Georgia in an historic match for Los Lelos, playing their first-ever test match in the Pacific Islands as part of a World Rugby-funded competition programme. The Georgians will play all three Pacific Island teams on consecutive weekends.
Highlights will be available via worldrugby.org and the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup continues on 18 June when Samoa are the visitors to Suva to take on Fiji.
SOURCE: WORLD RUGBY/PACNEWS
40) More competition for Tier Two nations
5:45 pm GMT+12, 12/06/2016, Fiji
Bill Beaumont wants more competition to boost standard for Tier Two rugby nations like Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.
The Englishman, who replaces Bernard Lapasset as World Rugby chairman, is keen to push for changes when he takes up his new role next month.
Beaumont arrived Sundayto attend the Rugby Committee meeting in Nadi with the emphasis on the way forward and development of rugby in the Pacific Islands.
“Definitely we need to push competition to lift standard in the Tier Two rugby nations,” Beaumont said.
“It’s one of the things we are going to discuss in the next few days here”.
Beaumont praised the Pacific Island teams on their performance at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
“The Pacific Island teams made an enormous contribution to the RWC,” Beaumont said.
“The Flying Fijians played well although they were in difficult group.
“If they were in another pool they could have qualified for the quarterfinal
“I still remember how they smashed Wales to play the quarterfinal against South Africa at the 2007 RWC in France.”
Beaumont also reminisced the first time he played against the Fijians in Suva where he scored a try as a lock forward.
“I’ve very fond memories, Fijians are very kind and hospitable so it is nice to be back here,” he said.
“I played for the British Lions when we lost to a good Fiji team in Suva in 1977.”
He was also the captain for the England team that played two games here, one against the Fiji Juniors team.
“Though the weather was a bit warm for the English team, the experience was fantastic.”
Former Fiji rugby captain/chief executive officer Pio Bosco Tikoisuva says rugby is in capable hands under Beaumont.
Tikoisuva was the captain of the Fiji team which defeated the British Lions 25-21 at Buckhurst Park in Suva in 1977.
“I will also attend the meeting in Nadi and looking forward to meet up with Bill.
“I congratulate him for his new appointment and I’m sure he will make the right choice with his rugby background.”.
SOURCE: FIJI SUN/PACNEWS
41) Russia holds England in Paris
Monday, June 13, 2016
MARSEILLE, France – A stoppage-time goal by Vasili Berezutski, helped over the line by Denis Glushakov, gave Russia an unlikely 1-1 Euro 2016 draw with England yesterday after Eric Dier appeared to have won the game.
England were on top for most of the game, producing a performance of verve and confidence that belied the youth of the squad, and were well worth the lead earned by Dier’s brilliant free kick from the edge of the box after 73 minutes.
Vast swathes of England fans filling most of the 67,000 Stade Velodrome seats were acclaiming the win only for captain Berezutski to leap above Danny Rose and loop a header beyond Joe Hart that substitute Glushakov touched, seemingly over the line, although organisers UEFA awarded the skipper the goal.
“I think we played very well the whole game and to give away the draw like that at the end is very disappointing,” said Dier.
“We didn’t see it out in the right way but we didn’t lose.
“We have got to pick ourselves up and go again. I thought our level was extremely high…we did everything right.”
The equaliser meant England have failed to win their opening game in any of their nine appearances at the European Championship and puts Wales in pole position in Group B after their earlier 2-1 win over Slovakia.
There were ugly scenes at the end of the match as scores of Russian supporters advanced on their England counterparts, tearing down flags and throwing missiles while stewards stood on the pitch and watched. The trouble was the latest chapter in three days and nights of disorder in the city with officials braced for more as the supporters, plus another 80,000 from the fan zone, converge on the Old Port area.