Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1079b ( Monday 10 October 2016 )



Published: 10 October 2016

SOLOMON Islands and Vanuatu are showing good examples to the world on solving issues on the maritime boundaries.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stated this after Solomon Islands signed a Maritime Boundary Agreement with his counter-part from Vanuatu, Charlot Salawai in Port Vila last Friday.

Sogavare said the signing came about after 33 years and based on customs and cultures, unlike the South China seas where it is under dispute.

He said if they follow the law of the sea, they will not come to this agreement.

Therefore, Sogavare said it’s a good lesson for countries in the world not to fight but follow customs to address their maritime borders.

Vanuatu Prime Minister, Salawai also emphasized the same sentiment the signing was a powerful lessons to show the world.

“We don’t follow the law of the sea, we follow the customs,” he said.

Furthermore, Sogavare said negotiations started long time ago at the official levels before they signed it.

He said the likes of late Senda Fifi’I was some of the people involved in the official level of negotiations in the past.

Moreover, in the Pacific Islands region, there are approximately 49 shared and overlapping Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), and almost 70 per cent of these have been successfully negotiated and signed by the respective leaders.

The treaty between Vanuatu and Solomon Islands will be the 36th Maritime Boundary agreement to be signed to date.

The successful conclusion of this latest maritime agreement also fulfills one of the regional ocean policies, namely the Pacific Oceanscape Framework’s key strategic priorities to formalise maritime boundaries and secure rights over ocean resources.



3) Land Leases Act amendment to allow case-by-case forteiture of in-breach leases


1) Minister for Land Ralph Regenvanu has told Daily Post that the Land Leases Act is to be amended so that breaches can be dealt with on their own merit and so that breaches of conditions other than non-payment of land rent can be isolated from the payment of rents. It comes about because Government is investigating the possibility of forfeiture of a dozen urban leases of prime real estate. Continuing payment of rent is understood to nullify forfeiture processes and has taken place where some of these leases are concerned. The Minister is seeking to overturn this provision.

2) Another land matter is the paid press statement of the Bouffa/Bellevue custom land owners and their families. Hundreds of titles are listed and a plan of the 6,020 hectares of land is shown taking in the area from the USP/Bellevue Road corner to the Teouma River. The custom owners claim various governments have given away their land but have never required the payment of a premium. The custom owners are now requiring payment of outstanding land rents from their tenants. (Daily Post)

3) Government officials are alleging corruption and mismanagement of the European Union’s Copra Oil Energy Generation Project on Ambae. The project was scheduled for completion in 2013. Fraud has dogged the project at different stages and Vt 21 million has gone missing. Audit reporting continues. (Daily Post)

4) After almost half a day of briefing the media, the Daily Post editorial says about all that can presently be said regarding the plans for income tax – “Fools Rush In”. The Vanuatu Daily Digest endorses that opinion. Not enough work has been done to satisfy the community before the Consultation Campaign Train takes off for the outer islands. It will be all too easy, too, for bijou resort owners, backbenchers and two-day plantation owners to find likewise.

4) Plans afoot for West Papuan membership by year end

A Vanuatu churchman says there are plans underway to ensure West Papua will be granted full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group before Christmas.

Summit meetings of the regional body have been deferred twice this year amid apparent disagreement among leaders over the issue.

The Chairman of the Vanuatu Free West Papua Association, Pastor Alan Nafuki, said he received a briefing on the situation from the MSG’s chair and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last week.

Pastor Nafuki said he’d been told the summit would now go ahead in early December whether or not all countries attend.

He said full membership for West Papua would be a great achievement and like Christmas cake for all Melanesian countries.

“I am satisfied with what he said and I am very pleased. I think some of the government people they are trying to revisit the MSG constitution and see what option they can take best to accommodate the West Papuans.”

Pastor Nafuki said he’d made sure the prime ministers of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands understood that the people of Vanuatu were 100 percent behind membership for West Papuans.10/10/16 RNZI

5) Decision on next Roko Tui Bau to come soon

The younger brother of Fiji’s former vice president, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, is likely be installed as the next Roko Tui of the chiefly island of Bau.

Ratu Joni, a former High Court judge, vice president, and legal adviser to many other Pacific countries, was buried on Friday.

A spokesperson for the Roko Tui Bau has told the Fiji Times that the Vusuratu clan will meet soon to decide on when to install the next Roko Tui.

Ratu Joni’s younger brother, Ratu Timoci Tavanavanua, also known as Timothy Daniel, is widely expected to be the next Roko Tui Bau.

Ratu Timoci is a former chief executive of Fiji Rugby.10/10/16RNZI

6) Traditional Fiji leadership roles declining

Fiji’s government is worried about the decline of traditional leadership roles in the country.

During the opening of the Bua Provincial Council, the head of the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs said a revival of culture and traditions would ensure that traditional leadership roles remained intact.

The Fiji Times reports Naipote Katonitabua spoke to local chiefs in Bua and said his ministry was concerned with the decline of traditional leadership roles.

Mr Katonitabua said the ministry is encouraging the revival of iTaukei culture and traditions.

He said Fiji is facing a lot of changes through development, technology, business and changes in religion.

Considering these changes, the permanent secretary said the iTaukei people needed to decide which parts of their culture needed to be changed and which ones needed to address the changes taking place in the world.

Assuring chiefs of Bua, Mr Katonitabua said their culture and rights were well protected under the 2013 Constitution.

In 2012 Frank Banimarama’s interim-military regime abolished the 136 year old Great Council of Chiefs and earlier this year parliament voted out a petition seeking to reinstate it.10/10/16RNZI


Published: 10 October 2016

GCU: Solomon Islands Nationals can now travel visa free to all EU member states following the signing of the SI-EU Short Stay Visa Waiver Agreement which facilitates this visa free travel to Europe.

Solomon Islands Ambassador to the European Union, HE Mr Moses Kouni Mose and the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic (representing the current EU Presidency) HE Mr Peter Javocyk, and Ms Belinda Pyke, Director for Migration, Mobility and Innovation, DG-Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission signed the agreement on Friday 7th October in Brussels.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ambassador Mose commended the European Union for this historic milestone Agreement in deepening the existing relationship and cooperation between Solomon Islands and the European Union.

The Agreement marks a new chapter in the SI-EU relation, which signifies mutual trust and maturity in the partnership.

“The operationalization of this Agreement would pave the way for our peoples to move freely between our countries to promote people to people connections, cultural exchanges, tourism, trade, investment and business opportunities,” Ambassador Mose said.

The Agreement which comes into effect a day after it was signed, permits Solomon Islands nationals or citizens to travel visa free and stay in a territory of a European Union member state (fully applying the Schengen acquis) for up to 90 days over any given 180-day period.

Similarly, citizens of EU members can travel and stay in a territory of Solomon Islands for up to 90 days over a given 180-day period.

Other Pacific Island Countries which have already signed and benefited from a similar visa waiver agreement with the EU are the Federated State of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Timo-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The SI-EU short-stay visa waiver agreement does not cover Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The Schengen visa EU member states include Austria, Denmark, France, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland (non-EU member), Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovakia and Sweden.Solomon Star/


8) Tribunal to investigate Samoa feud

Samoa’s cabinet has appointed a tribunal to investigate a feud between the country’s prosecutions office and the attorney general.

The development comes amid a stand-off between the two offices over the suspension of the director of prosecutions.

Mauga Precious Chang was suspended in April after she was charged with driving offences.

The acting director, Muriel Liu, had clashed with the attorney general over who was able to prosecute the case against Ms Chang.

Ms Liu was suspended by cabinet on Thursday, and on Friday, the government announced that the attorney general had assumed the duties of the director of public prosecutions.

Our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, said the tribunal will look into the conduct of Ms Chang and Ms Liu.

“The cabinet, in their statement, [said] the performance of their duties was in breach of the legislation in which that national prosecutions office was based on, and I think that’s why cabinet is now appointing a three-member tribunal,” he said.10/10/16 RNZI

9) Excuses for stymied Tonga government “poor”

A Tongan publisher says the prime minister’s complaint that his government is deadlocked because it’s being stymied by senior officials is a poor excuse for his government’s failures.

Last week, ‘Akilisi Pohiva said top officials were sticking to the old system in which the nobility, instead of the public, were the priority.

He said the government needs the power to ensure CEOs, government commissioners and the Attorney General do what the government wants for the benefit of the people.

But Kalafi Moala, a publisher who was Mr Pohiva’s press secretary for a year, said the government does have that power.

He said the prime minister is just making excuses for his poor performance.

“The actual running of things day-to-day, the management, the structure, everything, is run by the prime minister and his cabinet. So I don’t have any understanding, really, of why Pohiva would blame the so-called bureaucracy for his non-performance,” he said.10/10/16RNZI



12) Georgians arrested with fake passports in Tonga

Seven Georgian citizens have been arrested in Tonga for dealing fake passports.

In a statement, Tonga police say the seven people entered the country two weeks ago using stolen Greek passports.

After a tip off by New Zealand police, local authorities sought help from Interpol who said the passports were reported stolen earlier this year and had been altered with false identities.

On Friday police searched the group’s accommodation and arrested them, and found another seven Georgian passports which are thought to contain their real identities.

The seven accused have been placed under house arrest until they appear in court on Monday.8/10/16RNZI


13) CNMI to raise minimum wage to federal level

The Northern Marianas is set for another minimum wage increase, less than a month after a 50 cent an hour raise.

The Commonwealth Senate passed a bill last week which will effectively set the wage at the federal level of $7.25 per hour.

The CNMI Senate passed a bill foregoing the final two steps for the Commonwealth to increase the islands’ minimum wage to $7.25 from the current $6.55 per hour.

It was planned to hike it by 50 cents next September and by 20 cents in September 2018.

The Senate, however, passed the measure with amendments last Wednesday that means the House of Representative would have to look at the amended legislation and approve them before the bill goes to Gov. Ralph Torres’ desk for it to become law.

Mr Torres earlier urged the House and Senate to expedite the passage of the bill so the CNMI can urge more local and U.S. citizen workers to enter the workforce.10/10/16RNZI


14) UN i helpim PNG long kamapim National Settlement Development Strategy

Updated 10 October 2016, 16:19 AEDT
Sam Seke

United Nations Habitat ofis long Papua New Guinea i tok gavman i nid long kamapim ol niu loa long saet long Land Act na Physical Planning Act.

Country Manager long Papua New Guinea, Vincent Pyati itok ol loa we i stap nau ia ino gutpela long wanem ol i olpela tumas na ino gut ;long dil wantem ol nid we i stap nau ia long sait long housing long kantri.

Em i tok UN Habitat ibin karim aut pinis wanpela wok painim aut long dispela – na i nau wok wantaim ol gavman ofisa long kamapim wanpela National Settlement Development Strategy.

Mr Pyati i tok dispela strategy bai help tu long dil wantem kain wei planti moa pipol long kantri i wok long muv go long ol city na bikpela senta long PNG.

Em i tok tu olsem dispela bai mekim isi moa long planti pipol we i save paul long hau long kisim apruvol long sait long kisim graun long bildim haus, so ol i go stap tasol long ol setelment.ABC


15a) Brèves du Pacifique – lundi 10 octobre 2016

Mis à jour 10 October 2016, 19:03 AEDT

1) Après les inondations, les coups de vent ravageurs en Australie. 

Dans le Victoria, des dizaines de milliers de foyers sont privés d’électricité depuis deux jours à cause de vents violents, soufflant jusqu’à 120 kilomètres / heure. Ces conditions extrêmes ont entraîné la mort d’une femme d’une cinquantaine d’années, tuée par la chute d’un arbre. Six autres personnes ont été blessées. Quelque 2 000 arbres et 365 pylônes électriques n’ont pas résisté à la force des vents. De nombreux vols ont aussi dû être annulés.
2( Aux Îles Fidji, une alerte aux pluies abondantes a été déclenchée, ce lundi. Les habitants de l’île de Viti Levu sont invités à la prudence, des inondations-éclairs sont à craindre.
3) Le Vanuatu et les Îles Salomon poussent pour que les indépendantistes papous deviennent membres à part entière du Groupe mélanésien Fer de Lance. D’après leVanuatu Daily Post, le Premier ministre salomonais, Manasseh Sogavare, a promis au Mouvement de libération de la Papouasie occidentale qu’il obtiendrait le statut tant espéré lors du prochain sommet de l’organisation à Port-Vila, en décembre, « que la Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée et les Fidji participent, ou non, à la réunion ».
Les gouvernements de ces deux grands pays de la région soutiennent le pouvoir indonésien. Les tensions au sein de l’organisation mélanésienne sont palpables : plusieurs rencontres ont été reportées, cette année.
4) Aux Îles Marshall, un nombre record de projets de loi ont été soumis au Parlement depuis le début de l’année. Il y en a eu 52, jusqu’à présent. Et ils concernent souvent des questions ignorées pendant des années par les autorités : les allocations de retraite, la hausse du salaire minimum (passé de 2$ américains à 2,50$ de l’heure), l’interdiction des sacs plastique… Mais c’est une question relative au vote qui a donné lieu au débat le plus animé : par 13 voix contre 12, le Parlement a décidé de supprimer la possibilité de voter par correspondance. Cela va donc priver de vote les milliers de Marshallais qui vivent aux États-Unis. La mesure est très controversée et le débat n’a pas eu lieu qu’au Parlement : les internautes se sont affronté sur les réseaux sociaux.









22) Shortage of doctors

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, October 10, 2016

IN a bid to address a shortage of doctors at the Nadi Hospital, newly appointed Health and Medical Services Minister Rosy Akbar announced an arrangement where private doctors will be tasked with filling in the health needs of patients.

She also said arrangements were being made to fill gaps in the health sector with 879 new positions approved.

“A locum arrangement with Nadi Hospital is currently underway and others will start up around the country on the basis of need.

“The locum arrangement will bring in general practitioners to support our health sector in critical areas.

“It is an immediate fix to the service delivery issues that we face until we are able to staff our hospitals appropriately.

“Substantial resources are allocated towards recruiting doctors from overseas to fill gaps in both the clinical and public health arenas.

“We are currently working with the Ministry of Civil Service to fill those gaps. So far they have approved 879 new positions for medical superintendents, consultants, chief, principal and senior medical officers and medical interns and assistants.

“So far we have filled 553 of those positions and we will continue to seek qualified professionals for the remaining 326 spots. These new recruitment efforts come on top of the recent pay-rise ranging from 56 per cent to 81 per cent for our doctors, which has made major strides in increasing job security and satisfaction. It has given our doctors the professional recognition they deserve.”

Over the past few weeks, this newspaper has been inundated with complaints from frustrated patients and family members about the lack of doctors on duty and lack of medicines available at the hospital.

A study conducted at the hospital in 2012 revealed that on average, patients had to endure waiting times of up to three hours in the general outpatients department and just over two hours in the special outpatients department.

The study titled Patient Waiting Time in GOPD and SOPD at Nadi Hospital in 2012 also revealed that 50 per cent of patients sampled believed there was a need for more doctors and 36 per cent complained about the shortage of basic drugs in the hospital pharmacy.Fijitimes

23) Turning to herbal remedy is often the common practice, says Wong Lee

Charlene Lanyon
Monday, October 10, 2016

MOST women who are diagnosed with breast cancer often turn to herbal medicine and remedies in the hope of being treated and eliminating the disease.

Fiji Cancer Society worker Maryanne Wong Lee said this was a common practice among the women and this was because of their lack of medical knowledge and the fear of medical facilities and treatment.

“It happens a lot. We know of women who have gone to faith healers and herbalists after they learnt that they have breast cancer,” Ms Wong Lee said.

“We know that these practices affect different women in different ways so whenever we can, we always encourage these women to also visit hospitals and medical facilities so that they are able to receive the help they need from all avenues.”

At the World Cancer Day event earlier this year, survivor Kenona Rokotubuna Natuke from Mokoisa Village in Kadavu had shared that turning to traditional medicine was a decision she was not proud of.

“I had a small lump in my breast at beginning of 2013, I took it to four different women hoping to be relieved, but to no avail,” Ms Natuke said.

“I didn’t have any pain at all, but I only experienced coldness all over my body from time to time.

“Towards the end of 2013, I had a lot of health issues, shortage of breath, high blood pressure and pain on my left arm as well as my back.”

Ms Natuke said a year later she decided to visit the medical facility in Suva for treatment.Fijitimes


24) PNG opposition critical of UPNG

The Papua New Guinea opposition has strongly criticised the administration of the University of PNG for denying the re-enrolment of student leaders involved in the recent student strike.

The UPNG defied a court stay order to allow the students’ return.

The opposition leader, Don Polye, said the chancellor Dr Nicholas Mann and UPNG administration had to allow the student leaders to register.

Mr Polye called on the administration to be realistic and allow student leaders to attend classes as there was only a month left before the end of the academic year.

The students had taken the UPNG decision to court.10/10/16 RNZI


25) Cruise visits to bring more business to Port Vila

Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila is set to play host to 19 different cruise visits in December alone.

Our correspondent in Port Vila says the Pacific Dawn will visit three times and bring at least 6,000 tourists.

The Port Vila cruise liners committee has welcomed the news but says it’s a wake up call for the land and sea transport associations and the business community to be prepared.

Two cruise liners are expected to anchor when the new Port Vila wharf is completed towards the end of next year.10/10/16 RNZI

26) New Caledonia flight disrupted

A New Caledonian Airbus bound for Noumea has been forced to return to Narita Airport in Japan after a technical problem.

The incident comes just days after the same aircraft was forced to return to Noumea over a problem with its flaps.

The public broadcaster says after repairs and a test flight, the Airbus 330 resumed its service but is now in Japan to be repaired again.

The carrier Air Calin has leased an Air Tahiti Nui aircraft to fly from Noumea to Papeete in French Polynesia.10/10/16 RNZI


27) Fiji Airports blames Aussie contractor for Nausori runway strife

Airports Fiji Limited has blamed one of its Australian-based contractors for problems at Nausori Airport that’s caused Fiji Airways to stop some flights.

AFL’s Communications Officer, Christopher Chand, said AFL apologises for the inconvenience to passengers and says the problems with the runway are due to the incorrect application of sealant by its specialist contractor, Supersealing.

He said AFL has contacted Supersealing as well as Beca Erasito to review the job and to undertake remedial action.

Fiji Airways said it won’t land Boeing 737s at the airport until the runway problem is solved.

The move has caused delays to passengers travelling to and from destinations such as Sydney and Auckland from Suva.

AFL said Supersealing was engaged to carry out crack sealing works with the objective of extending the life of the Nausori runway by two years.10/10/16 RNZI


28) Where’s your mid-year review report Mr Rini?

Published: 23 September 2016

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group says the Minister of Finance may be in breach of  section 52(1)(a) of the Public Finance Management Act 2013, which requires him to table  the mid-year review report on the execution of the 2016 budget within seven months from the start of the financial year.

In a statement on Thursday, the Opposition Officesays we are already in September and there is no indication of this report having been tabled before the National Parliament.

The Opposition statement says Finance minister Snyder Rinimust be strongly reminded that this is not a mere formality.

“The Minister will be grossly mistaken to think this is a mere formality,” the statement said.

“This provision in the PFM Act 2013 is there to ensure that there is accountability by the Executive and to ensure that Parliament carries out its proper role of scrutiny and oversight and by contravening this provision is to undermine  and compromise this Parliamentary scrutiny role as intended by that subsection,” it added.

“It is the view of the Opposition Group that by not providing the report on time as required by the law is the same as withholding information from Parliamentary due process of scrutiny and oversight role. Clearly this is setting a very serious precedence and the Speaker should not allow the Executive to use Parliament in this way,” the statement said.

Meanwhile the Parliamentary Opposition calls on the Speaker to ensure the executive complies with the requirements of the law.

The Opposition Office also strongly reminded the Minister and the Government to ensure that the 2017 budget is to be tabled as required by section 48(1) of the PFM Act 2013.

“This is very important to allow Parliament to carry out its scrutiny role into the budget,” it said.Solomon Islands Star.

29) PNG corruption initiative wins award

The head of the United Nations system in Papua New Guinea says he is delighted with an international award given to the “Phones Against Corruption” initiative.

Under the scheme, public servants are encouraged to send texts or other messages, at no charge, if they see funds being misused, nepotism or other activities that might be deemed corrupt.

Since it was launched in 2014, thousands of texts and phone calls have been made, a number of people have been convicted of corrupt practices and some public money has been recovered.

The UNDP is one of the backers of the project and its country director, Roy Trivedy, said he is delighted it’s won the global magazine, Government Insider’s, Innovation Awards for “best citizen engagement.”

“It’s great that Papua New Guinea has been recognised, the work in Papua New Guinea has been recognised for its innovation and so on, and trying to tackle perhaps in a small way an issue, which is of public concern, globally,” he said.10/10/16RNZI

30) Fiji president sets off on month-long state trip

Fiji’s president Jioji Konrote is departing today for a month long state trip which will include a meeting with the Queen and a visit to peacekeepers in the Middle East.

The Fiji government said next week’s meeting with the Queen in London would serve to reaffirm Fiji’s commitment to the Commonwealth and its democratic principles.

Major-General Konrote will also meet with the Fijian diaspora and open the world’s largest exhibition on Fijian art and cultural artifacts at the University of East Anglia.

The President will be accompanied by the Fiji military’s commander, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, on the visit to peacekeeping troops who are stationed in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Sinai and South Sudan.

He’ll also be accompanied by his wife Sarote Konrote and three support staff.10/10/16 RNZI


31) Flood alert in force for Fiji

A flood alert is in force for low lying areas near major rivers around Fiji.

Fiji’s met service issued the warning this afternoon as a heavy rain warning remained in force for the whole of the country.

The authorities say an active trough of low pressure with an associated low pressure system remains slow moving over Fiji.

Associated cloud and rain is expected to affect the group until later tomorrow.

Fiji is still in repair mode after Cyclone Winston hit in February.

The Category 5 storm damaged or destroyed more than 31,000 houses and affected about 40 percent of the population.10/10/16 RNZI

32) Officers ready to battle illegal activities

Monday, October 10, 2016

Update: 4:52PM TWENTY Fiji government officers are ready to battle illegal logging, unlawful pollution and other environmental hazards following an intensive course from leading Australian experts last week.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with financial backing from the Global Environment Facility and in partnership with the Ministry of Forests, supported the training, which is in its second year.

“Fijians depend on the land for their food and income, and we have to stop any person or business who threatens those benefits by misusing the land,” said Conservator of Forests Eliki Senivasa.

“With this training, our teams are ready to do just that,” he said.

The course at the Colo-i-Suva Forestry Training Centre covered areas such as evidence collection, brief writing, interviews, and effective warning notices.

It was led by the Australian Centre for Environmental Compliance CEO, Roger Ilitch, who said he was impressed with the high level dedication of the participants, who clearly want to do more to protect Fiji’s environment.

FAO is assisting Fiji as part of a larger initiative to help the country meet its objectives in protecting biodiversity, improving protected area management, and reducing unsustainable land use.

The course focused on compliance of all Fiji laws, such as the Environmental Management Act and the Forest Bill, with enforcement being the last line of defense. Fijitimes


33) New Caledonia’s Koniambo says job cuts needed

New Caledonia’s Koniambo nickel plant says jobs have to be cut in the face of the slump of commodity prices.

The company, KNS, announced last week that 140 positions would be dis-established – 50 of them affecting New Caledonians.

Its chief executive has been in talks with unions, telling them that there was no other option to survive given the competition from Indonesia.

Marc Boissonneault told a media conference that he hoped the Glencore investors, who are key stakeholders, could help return the plant to profitability by 2018.

The job cuts are expected to be carried out within the next month.

Paris considers the Koniambo plant to be a pillar of its policy to rebalance the territory’s economy by developing the poorer mainly Kanak northern province.10/10/16RNZI

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35) Contempt charges mooted against PNG government

A lawyer representing detainees on Manus Island says he may file contempt of court proceedings against the Papua New Guinea government after it announced a plan last week to close one facility on the island and keep another open.

The lawyer, Ben Lomai, said the plan contravenes the PNG Supreme Court’s ruling in April that the detention of asylum seekers was unconstitutional.

Mr Lomai said his contempt proceedings could target the Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato, the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the Chief Immigration Officer, Mataio Rabura.

“All the detention centres should be closed, whether it’s in Lobrum or in East Lorengau or even in any other part of Manus or for that matter any other areas in Papua New Guinea. With respect to Rimbink Pato, he has misconstrued the judgement and that’s why I am contemplating filing contempt proceedings against him and the Chief Migration Officer and the Prime Minister.”

Mr Lomai, who represents more than 300 of about a thousand detainees on Manus, says the transit centre in East Lorengau town can only house about 300 people.

“It could be less than 300 or if not 250. It’s a very tight facility and also the landmass is very small in terms of the flexibility for the asylum seekers to move around. And it’s another place where even if it’s open, it still amounts to detention in itself.”10/10/16 RNZI



38) PNG Barramundi’s look to end on winning note
Papua New Guinea’s cricketers have a chance this weekend to atone for their worst performance in the South Australian Premier League.The Barramundi’s have won four of their five completed matches so far, with two games rained out.

Their only blemish was an 86 run defeat in a one day match against the Western Grit two weeks ago.

The two sides meet again in a two-day match in Adelaide and Barramundi’s coach Dipak Patel wants his side to build on their recent performances.

“We’re the international team in this competition and my goal for the guys has been that we should be sort of leading the way and I think in many ways we’ve proved it,” he said.

“Tomorrow’s game is no different and certainly winning the game would certainly emphasise that we’re making good progression, not only as a team but as an international team.”

Patel said the players are starting to get a lot more professional in their preparation, both on and off the field.

“If we can get more consistent cricket of this nature I think you’ll start to see the full potential of the PNG cricketers.”

Following this match the PNG returns home to Port Moresby for international games against Namibia.8/10/16RNZI




40d) All Blacks on upward curve, says coach

Monday, October 10, 2016

DURBAN, South Africa – While other top nations have failed to improve since last year’s World Cup, the all-conquering All Blacks are still on an upward curve, said coach Steve Hansen after yesterday’s 57-15 rout of South Africa.

Victory over the Springboks equalled world champions New Zealand’s national record of 17 test wins in a row and gave them a clean sweep in six matches in the Rugby Championship.

The All Blacks will be chasing an 18th straight triumph when they meet Australia in the Bledisloe Cup in Auckland on Oct. 22.

“There is a real determination to try and improve every time we play,” Hansen told reporters after his side racked up nine tries. “We work hard on trying to play a good brand of rugby and at the same time win test matches so we are not playing silly rugby.

“At the moment it’s working for us, I’m very proud of them.

“We planned very well for the World Cup and beyond — I’m not saying the others haven’t but we have.”


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