Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1083 ( Sunday 29 January 2017 )

MELANESIA

1) Global petition for freedom in West Papua launched in London

A global petition calling on the United Nations to put West Papua back on its decolonisation list has been launched in Britain.

The petition is open to people all around the World up until August, when a team of British swimmers plan to swim it 69 kilometres across Lake Geneva to present it to UN Secretary General António Guterres.

A spokesman for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Benny Wenda, said the swim would highlight the West Papuan struggle as a humanitarian issue rather than just a Pacific or a Melanesian one.

Along with the Swim for West Papua event, the petition was launched this week by the Free West Papua Campaign.

It calls on the UN to appoint a special representative to investigate the human rights situation in West Papua and for an internationally supervised vote on self determination.

Free West Papua said the aim of the petition was to demonstrate the growing international support for West Papuans to have the opportunity to decide their own future.

It said this would also build on growing diplomatic backing for a supervised vote.

Such a vote was described as being in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolutions 1514 and 1541 [XV].

While Jakarta said human rights problems in Papua are largely confined to the past, indigenous Melanesians of this region have claim there was a slow motion genocide being perpetrated in their homeland by Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, co-founder of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua, shared a message of support from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu which decried the lack of international media attention on West Papua.

He also commended the Swim Team and called for solidarity with the West Papuan people saying ‘we may live in different regions of the world, but we are one family’.

Lord Harries then declared the petition open for signing.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/323280/global-petition-for-freedom-in-west-papua-launched-in-london

2) Oscar 2017 nomination for ‘Tanna’

00:24 am GMT+12, 26/01/2017, Vanuatu

Congratulations and well wishes continue to pour in to the producers of the movie ‘Tanna’ from all over the region and the world after the movie was nominated for the 2017 Oscar for the best foreign language film, the first for Vanuatu and the Pacific island countries region.

“Congratulations to Bentley, Martin, JJ, Dain, Wawa, Selin and everyone who helped make this happen! It’s a huge and well deserved—achievement,” one message read after news of the nomination was received Tuesday night.

Tanna was co-directed by Australian filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler and shot in Yakel village near Lenakel on Tanna in Vanuatu. This nomination is Australia’s first for the best foreign language film category, and most of the dialogue in the film is in the south-west Tannese dialect, Navhal.

“They’re proud of the fact that it’s their film, made in their language, and it’s been acknowledged in this way — they can’t wait to share it with more people,” Dean told the Pacific Beat.

In a first for film in Vanuatu and the Pacific islands region, the film Tanna, shot on location in Vanuatu using a local, untrained cast of actors, has been officially nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“We are just looking forward to hitting the red carpet with as many people as we can get from the movie over there and just celebrating like crazy — it’s a dream come true,” Dean told Pacific Beat.

The film about two villagers whose romance sparks a war between tribes was based on real events on the island of Tanna, and was the first feature to be shot in Vanuatu.

It was also a first-time effort for the filmmakers, who had never directed a feature film before.

“We were sort of in a similar boat, and so to get to the point where we’re nominated for an Oscar is a bit ridiculous, frankly,” Dean told ABC’s Pacific Beat programme.

It’s not the first international nod for the film, which has been making waves on the international film festival circuit. Tanna screened at the Venice International Film Festival in 2015, where it picked up the Audience Award Pietro Barzisa, the Pacific Beat reports.

It also won an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) award for Best Original Music Score last month.

Dean, one of the directors of the Oscar-nominated Australian film, a Romeo and Juliet-style film set in Vanuatu, says getting the chance to take his cast of first-time actors to Hollywood’s night of nights is a “dream come true”.

Four other films that won nomination in the category are Land of Mine – Denmark, A Man Called Ove – Sweden, The Salesman – Iran, and Toni Erdman — Germany.

The 89th Academy Awards will be held Sunday, February 26, 2017..

SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST/PACNEWS


3) Amended Kava Act Gazetted

By Len Garae

ADG and Director of Biosecurity Timothy Tumukon and his staff can perform their duties

The recent issues surrounding kava exports have prompted State Law to gazette the Kava (Amendment) Act which was passed in 2015

, to help the Vanuatu Biosecurity Department to improve the management of all kava exports.

Director of Biosecurity and Acting Director General of Agriculture, Timothy Tumukon explains, “First and foremost the amendment will be used to clean up the kava export industry especially since there have been extensive media coverage of kava exports in the recent past”.

He says there were issues involving kava quality s as well as individuals who traded with kava overseas. “We have pinned our hope on this amendment to be able to develop some procedural approach to draw a clear boundary where the Government stands and where kava traders, middlemen and farmers stand, to work to improve kava quality”, the Director says.

“This piece of legislation is gazetted to give us the legal power to implement the Kava Export Quality Standard”.

The Director had met with stakeholders last year to advise them of the implementation of the Kava Export Quality Standard from March 1st this year.

Asked what the reactions from the stakeholders were like, he said it was two-fold; those who welcomed the standard requirement and those who complained the period was too short. “We had given all of them enough time to prepare for this day,” the Director says.

The new amendment gives Biosecurity the power to make sure of the kava is strictly of noble type, is clean and healthy of any defect or disease, as well as the food safety side of the product.

In the long run, the Amendment also empowers Biosecurity to improve the local kava trade in the nakamals and kava bars.

It will eventually improve kava trade by improving the quality of kava that is sold in the nakamal and the kava bar and the kava quality that is sold to the nakamal or kava bar.
http://dailypost.vu/news/amended-kava-act-gazetted/article_3975a1c5-ac16-581f-bf70-6c556de33847.html

4) MP raises concern over social issues

January 27, 2017The NationalMain Stories
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By DEMAS TIEN
Manus MP Ronny Knight is concerned about social issues involving asylum seekers and other expatriates on Manus Island.
Knight told The National yesterday that serious criminal offences such as rape, marijuana trading and consumption of homebrew were been “a big problem in Manus”.
He said not only the asylum seekers were creating social problems but Australian workers and immigration officials were also responsible.
He said one of the conditions for the establishment of the detention centre was that none of the asylum seekers would have contact with the locals on Manus.
He said the condition was breached which resulted in many social problems.
He said the Manus people wanted the detention centre to cease and the asylum seekers to be transferred back to Australia.
He said in light of the Supreme Court orders on April 26 last year which declared the detention centre illegal, the gates of the two centres were open and asylum seekers were moving freely on the island.
“They are moving freely around without any control over them,” Knight said.
“They use the centre as a place to eat and a place to sleep.
“There is no formal advice given to us about what is going to happen next.”
Knight said the Government should admit that it has no control over the asylum seekers anymore.
He is asking the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea to take responsibility and do the right thing by engaging the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to assist with the relocation of the asylum seekers.
“We cannot leave them on Manus.
“There can be a mass disturbance or protest any time by the locals because they have grudges against the asylum seekers and Australians on Manus Island.”
Meanwhile, the asylum seekers have filed a fresh case at the Supreme Court seeking orders for their release and compensation for their illegal detention.
Their lawyer Ben Lomai told The National earlier that his clients did not want to stay on Manus Island anymore.

5) Solomon Islands PM reiterates support for Taiwan at the UN
00:23 am GMT+12, 26/01/2017, Solomon Islands

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has assured the new Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Solomon Islands, Roger Luo that the Solomon Islands-Taiwan relationship ‘can only grow stronger and stronger.’

The Prime Minister made the assurance when the Ambassador paid a courtesy call on Tuesday this week. Ambassador Luo arrived in Solomon Islands last Monday and replaces Victor Te-sun Yu.

“Our relationship is based on the fundamental principles of democracy and human rights which our two countries firmly believe in and uphold.

“I can assure you that the relationship between our two countries can only grow stronger and stronger,” Prime Minister Sogavare said in his welcome remarks to Ambassador Luo.

Prime Minister Sogavare described Taiwan as a ‘true friend’ for standing by Solomon Islands in its times of need including the ethnic tension.

He said Solomon Islands will continue to express its support for Taiwan’s bid for international recognition at the United Nations podium, adding that Solomon Islands is not afraid to speak for Taiwan on that fora.

Prime Minister Sogavare said Taiwan is significantly contributing towards Solomon Islands achievement of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through its assistance towards the empowerment of rural Solomon Islanders and improvement of their livelihood.

In response, Ambassador Luo, thanked Prime Minister Sogavare for his assurance of Solomon Islands steadfast commitment towards its relationship with Taiwan.

He said he looks forward for a fruitful term in office in Solomon Islands and cordial working relationship with the Government and people of Solomon Islands.

Ambassador Luo and Prime Minister Sogavare also touched on the 2023 Pacific Games main stadium project to be funded by Taipei upon the request of Honiara.

“Of course we will do our best to help you prepare for the games. There are some details that we will need to sit and discuss,” Ambassador Luo told Prime Minister Sogavare.

The ambassador said Taipei has identified one experienced construction firm for the project and is now looking for a second one for the purpose of cost comparison to meet the specific need of Solomon Islands.

He said the construction firm sent a team of specialists last November to look at the proposed 2023 Pacific Games main stadium site.

Prime Minister Sogavare, in turn, thanked Ambassador Luo for updating him on the progress of main stadium project and Taipei for responding positively to Solomon Islands request for assistance.

Prime Minister Sogavare and the Taiwanese Ambassador also discussed Taiwan’s intention to establish a permanent embassy in Honiara.

The Taiwanese Ambassador said the permanent embassy would symbolise the longstanding cordial relationship between Solomon Islands and Taiwan, adding that it would be ‘great’ to have this project completed at the same time with the 2023 Pacific Games main stadium project.

Prime Minister Sogavare assured Ambassador Luo that the Solomon Islands Government would provide necessary assistance to ensure the proposed embassy project is accomplished.

Ambassador Luo has previously served in Busan in South Korea, Kingstown in St Vincent and Grenada and in Mbabane in the Kingdom of Swaziland..

SOURCE: PM’s PRESS SECRETARIAT/PACNEWS

POLYNESIA

6) French Polynesia Prosecutor Seeks Lengthy Jail Terms For Cocaine Seizures

Submitted by PIR Editor on Thu, 01/26/2017 – 15:48

Four men could serve 30 years for possession of $57 million worth of drug

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 27, 2017) – The prosecutor in French Polynesia says the four men caught with large quantities of cocaine on two yachts this past week could face jail terms of up to 30 years.

The of them were arrested off the Marquesas Islands and two in Tahiti after being stopped with a total of 1438 kilograms of cocaine which is reportedly worth about $UD57 million.

The prosecutor Herve Leroy said for the South Pacific the haul was unprecedented in its size and showed that French Polynesia was a transit area for drugs sent to Australia and New Zealand.

The four were being held in Papeete but may be transferred to France within the next few days if the case is referred to the specialised interregional French jurisdiction.

One of the accused is French, one Panamanian and two are Spanish.

Reports said both yachts were owned by a Frenchman.

In recent years, there have been several seizures of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine in French Polynesia.

Radio New Zealand International

7) Tongan government says RWE’s licence for hotel and airport facility

00:18 am GMT+12, 26/01/2017, Tonga

The Tongan Government has clarified the licence issued to foreign gaming investor Red Warrior Entertainment (RWE) does not allow them to operate casino gaming or gambling in the Kingdom.

The Ministry of Customs and Revenue CEO Kulu ʻAnisi Bloomfield said the licence issued was for the foreign investor to build a hotel and an “airport facility”.

The responses from government came after Kaniva News questioned the RWE licence agreement and conditions.

Dr Ronald D. Pate, Chickasaw, Principal of the Company and Chief Executive Officer of Red Warrior Entertainment, LLC  reportedly said the Tongan Government had issued his company with an “Exclusive National Master Gaming License”.

He said it is “the first of its kind issued from Tonga and covers all Class I, II & III gaming”.

We have contacted Tonga’s Ministry of Labour and Commerce to provide more details about the agreements and conditions laid out on Tonga’s Class I, II and III gaming licences.

They have yet to respond.

According to Indian Country Media Network, a Class III gaming licence allows the licensee to operate “horse racing, lotteries and what are commonly known as casino games, such as banking-card games like baccarat and blackjack, roulette, craps and slot machines”.

Bloomfield said the licence“was approved on tourism grounds, and casino gaming is prohibited in Tonga”.

He said the government has set up an Investment Sub-Committee to monitor and analyse foreign investment applications before submitting them to cabinet.

Tonga’s Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet Dr Palenitina Langa’oi told Kaniva News the cabinet “did not pass any resolution to allow the Red Warrior Entertainment to build a casino facility in Tonga”.

Dr Pate said: “…this Exclusive Gaming License was issued upon approval at His Majesty’s Cabinet, decision No. 1194, on the 4th November, 2016 and by formal letter and proclamation from the Minister of Customs dated 24th November, 2016, and completed License Agreement on 9th January, 2017.

“Red Warrior Entertainment, LLC continues to improve its casino resort government licences in multiple nations”, said Dr Pate.

Dr Pate said he will provide more details this week about his exclusive licence, and what sort of venture he is planning to undertake in Tonga.

SOURCE: NZ KANIVA PACIFIC NEWS/PACNEWS

8) Parliament backs Samoa being declared Christian state

9:14 pm GMT+12, 26/01/2017, Fiji

Parliament is a step closer to amending the Constitution to define Samoa as a Christian State.

This followed widespread support for the Constitutional Amendment Bill (No.2) 2016 tabled by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi last year.

According to the Constitutional Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2016’s Explanatory Memorandum, the government aims to insert in the Constitution that Samoa is a Christian nation to declare the dominance of Christianity in Samoa.

During the second reading in Parliament this week, Tuilaepa said the Constitution’s reference to Christianity as it stands is only in the Preamble of the Constitution.

“The discussion of this bill is not new as it was introduced in our last Parliament sitting. And from that discussion, we saw how inadequate the Constitution was at the time. Inadequate in terms of how Samoa as a Christian State is not included in the body of the Constitution.

“Instead it is in the cover and the preamble of the Constitution, not within the body of the Constitution.

“This shows that it is not part of the Constitution. This does not stand in Court as it is not included in the body of the Constitution.”

Tuilaepa said he understood the main reason it wasn’t included in the body of the Constitution then was because there were no religious wars in Samoa when the Constitution was initially written. He said that perhaps our ancestors were not thinking about it at the time.

“This means that we have been misled all these years. And every time we say that Samoa is founded on God because it is in within our Constitution, God must’ve had a good laugh and thought that we have been fooling him.

“And it has been more than 50 years since we have been fooling God, because this is not in the body of our Constitution.

“That is exactly why the 47 members of our party (HRPP) have decided to review and amend the Constitution to correct this.

“The main objective of the bill is that Samoa’s religious stance as a Christian nation may be firmly enshrined in the body of the Constitution.”

With the amendment, Tuilaepa said Christianity will no longer be at the Cover or the preamble of the Constitution. Rather it will become an integral part of the body of the Constitution.

“The phrase “Samoa is founded on God” will no longer be used. Instead, under the Constitution, it will be, “Samoa is a Christian nation founded of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

Finally, Tuilaepa said that religious wars are a common occurrence throughout the world and it has resulted in some great civil wars within countries.

Therefore, it is the Government’s duty to legislate accordingly, in efforts to avoid religious tensions in the future.

SOURCE: SAMOA OBSERVER/PACNEWS

9) Samoan movie, “One Thousand Ropes” to premiere in Berlin
9:10 pm GMT+12, 26/01/2017, Samoa

A Samoan movie will have its world premiere at this year’s Berlin Film Festival next month.

The film, “One Thousand Ropes” is written and directed by Samoan film maker Tusi Tamasese who also directed the critically acclaimed film, “The Orator.”

“One Thousand Ropes” will be shown in the Panorama section of the world famous Berlin Festival along with 50 other films from 43 countries around the world.

The movie was filmed entirely in Wellington New Zealand and features Samoan actors Uelese Petaia, Frankie Adams, Vaele Sima Urale, Ene Petaia, Beulah Koale and Anapela Polata’ivao.

Lead actor Petaia performed in the play “aLofa” that was staged at Lee Auditorium last month.

A press release from the Berlin Film Festival, says that in “One Thousand Ropes,” Samoan director Tusi Tamasese creates mythic images full of tension and concentration to relate the story of Maea, the baker and male midwife with the healing hands whose personal demons play an integral role in his everyday life.”

One Thousand Ropes will be released in Samoa and New Zealand March 23.

SOURCE: TALANEI/PACNEWS

10) Influx of new Chinese businesses alarming

9:06 pm GMT+12, 26/01/2017, Samoa

The influx of “new Chinese businesses” in Samoa is alarming.

The point was raised by Member of Parliament for Faleata West, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, who has urged the government to revisit the issue.

He wants the relevant officials to ensure local businesses who are finding it increasingly difficult to compete with the new Chinese are given a fair chance.

At the moment, he said Samoans cannot compete with the new Chinese.

A resident of Vaitele, Lealailepule said it is difficult to ignore the fact there are a Chinese businesses springing up in every corner.

He said the same thing is happening across the country – including Savai’i.

“It’s a concern not only in this area (Vaitele) but also Samoa in general,” said Leala.

“The thing is, we want to bring genuine business people. You see, these businesses have both negative and positive impacts.

“Positive in terms of competition and you know when there is competition, the prices drop. And that’s good because the prices will be affordable for our people.”

But Leala said the growing number of new Chinese businesses threaten the livelihood of local businesses.

“The truth is it’s so hard for our people to compete with the Chinese shops,” he said.

“Our people used to own Supermarkets and run their own stores. But it’s so hard for them to compete with these Chinese businesses. As you can see all around Samoa, most of the supermarkets and wholesales are owned by Chinese.

“This is the line of the business they are all getting into. And our local shop owners cannot compete with them.”

Leala said if the Chinese business owners want to bring their businesses to Samoa, they should make sure they offer employment opportunities for local people.

“We should look at that carefully. If they bring in their businesses, then should let our people work there because I’ve seen that for most of them, they bring their businesses here and bring their own workers at the same time.

“But they should allow our people to work there. In this way, our people can have jobs and so we can benefit from it.

“They should take ownership and provide jobs for our people.”

Leala also called on the government to ensure these new businesses follow procedures, pay their taxes and don’t abuse the privileges offered to them.

“The government should also make sure they regulate their businesses well and that they pay taxes.

“Another thing is, they should avoid giving goods to the young kids to sell on the streets. I found out that some of the kids selling things on the streets got their goods from the Chinese business people.

“And we should track down these people and stop this. Like I said before, it’s a concern, and our government should look at this carefully, said Leala.

SOURCE:

MICRONESIA

11 ) http://www.pireport.org/articles/2017/01/26/yapese-resident-guam-raising-funds-tornado-damage-back-home

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http://www.pireport.org/articles/2017/01/24/guam-conference-addresses-high-rate-sexual-assaults


TOK PISIN

13a) PNG 2017 Fashion wik na Climate Change

Updated 27 January 2017, 13:15 AEDT

Climate change bai kamap olsem wanpla bikpla samting em bai oli toktok na soim long Fashion wik blong Papua New Guinea long mun August blong despla yia.

Director blong  PNG Fashion Week (PNGFW) Mrs. Janet Sios, itokaut long despla taem oli bin lonchim long stat blong despla wik.

Emi tok oli laik iusim despla Fashion long tokaut long bikpla wari em climate change iwok long kamapim nau long ol pipal blong PNG na ol narapla kantri long Pacific rijan.

2017 Fashion wik bai kamap olsem namba tu long social kalenda blong PNG, bihaen long oli bin holim nambawan Fashion wik long 2016.

As tingting blong PNG Fashion wik em blong soim ol gutpla save blong ol artist na ol designers blong PNG olsem oli gat namba long Fashion industry.

Sampla biknem blong Fashion blong Australia, Fiji na Tonga bai stap tu long despla Fashion wik long PNG. Janet Sios itok tu olsem sampla atolls olsem Caterets na Mortlocks long Bougainville nau i bagarap pinis long ol solwara bihaenim Climate Change.ABC

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/tokpisin/2017-01-27/png-2017-fashion-wik-na-climate-change/1647242

13b) Australia West Papua pipal i protest long Indonesia embasi

Updated 27 January 2017, 12:55 AEDT

Tede  ol polis long Australian Capital Territori long Canberra  ibin pulim kalabusim wanpla man blong West Papua long wanpla protest em oli bin mekim arasaet long embasi blong Indonesia.

Polis ibin givim tu woning long sampla protesters long noken kamapim trabal, tasol ol West Papua pipal na ol sapota blong ol itok bai oli go hed long mekim wok kempein agensim ol human rights abuse em Indonesia isave mekim long ol West papua pipal.

Despl protest i wanpla tasol long ol narapla long  planti kantri long wold we ol pipal bai tokaut na soim sapot long ol pipal blong West Papua long kisim Freedom.

Indonesia ino gat laik long larim ol pipal blong West Papua long bruk lusim kantri na emi wok long kilim planti pipal long hap.

Ikam inap nau oli tok 500 tausan pipal i dai pinis long han blong gavman blong Indonesia.

Despla fait blong ol West Papua pipal nau iwok long pulim planti sapot long planti pipal long wold, wantem ol pipal blong Pacific.

Na laen blong United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) nau iwok long askim strong long kamap olsem ol full memba blong Melanesian Spiahed grup oa MSG.ABC

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/tokpisin/2017-01-27/australia-west-papua-pipal-i-protest-long-indonesia-embasi/1647238

13c) Bougainville Referendum Komisin awenes

Updated 26 January 2017, 12:49 AEDT

Direkta blong Leitana Nehan divelopment agensi long Bougainville, itok wok blong statim Bougainville Referendum Commission nau bai strongim ol wok blong skulim na toksave gut long ol pipal long indipendans referendum long 2019.

Mrs Helen Hakena i mekim despla toktok bihaen long ol sinia gavman ofisa blong Autonomas Bougainville Gavman na Papua New Guinea gavman ibin sainim ol agriman long Tunde blong redi-im despla vote.

Oli tok bikpla wok blong despla Commission em blong redi-im despla referendum long  2019 blong save sopos Bougainville bai lusim Papua New Guinea oa nogat.

Mrs Hakena itok tenk yu tu long ol lida blong tupla saed long luksave na respektim peace agreement na iwok long go hed gut wantem despla wok blong mekim referendum.

Organisation blong en, Leitana Nehan divelopment agensi ibin statim ol awenes long despla referendum long yia igo pinis we oli save go long olgeta ples long Bougainville long tok klia long wonem samting tru em despla referendum.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/tokpisin/2017-01-26/bougainville-referendum-komisin-awenes/1646940

FRENCH

14) Brèves du Pacifique – dimanche 29 janvier 2017

Mis à jour 29 January 2017, 14:45 AEDT

1) Une pétition mondiale pour la Papouasie occidentale. Elle a été lancée à Londres la semaine dernière par le groupe Free West Papua campaign, avec le soutien actif d’une association de parlementaires du monde entier qui soutiennent les revendications indépendantistes. 

Objectif: obtenir de l’ONU qu’elle réinscrive la Papouasie occidentale sur la liste des territoires à décoloniser, et qu’elle nomme un représentant special chargé d’enquêter sur le respect des droits de l’homme dans les deux provinces papoues indonésiennes. La petition est ouverte en ligne jusqu’en août prochain. Ensuite, des Anglais partisans des indépendantistes mélanésiens traverseront le lac Léman à la nage (69 km) pour aller remettre les signatures au secretaire-général de l’ONU, à Genève. Lord Harries of Pentregarth, co-fondateur de l’association des parlementaires pour la Papouasie occidentale, a diffuse un message de soutien de l’archévêque sud-africain Desmond Tutu, qui dénonce le silence des medias internationaux sur le sort de la Papouasie occidentale.

2) Guam, cherche juge désespérément. Il n’y a pas de magistrat pour instruire et juger les plaintes de 6 anciens servants d’autel, qui affirment avoir subi les agressions sexuelles du prêtre Louis Brouillard. Les victimes ont décidé de poursuivre en justice le prêtre, mais également l’archidiocèse d’Agana, la capitale, et le Vatican. Seulement personne ne veut juger l’affaire. Les uns après les autres, 8 magistrats du tribunal local, se sont récusés, car ils ont tous un conflit d’intérêt à des degrés divers dans cette affaire. La semaine dernière, l’instruction du procès a donc du être confiée à une cour fédérale du district de Guam. Au total, les 6 anciens enfants de choeur réclament 30 millions de dollars américains de dommages et intérêts, ce qui risque de provoquer la faillite de l’archidiocèse de Guam. D’autant qu’il est visé par 15 autres affaires de pédophilie, déclenchées en 2016 par d’autres victimes. La plupart des plaintes sont formulées contre l’archevêque lui-même, Anthony Sablan Apuron, que le Vatican a finalement décidé de relever de ses fonctions en octobre dernier. 

3) À Sydney, le jeune homme qui a mis le feu à un drapeau australien le jour de la fête nationale a été mis en examen vendredi. Âgé d’une vingtaine d’années, il participait à un défilé d’opposants à la fête nationale. Une partie des Australiens, surtout des Aborigènes, considèrent en effet que le 26 janvier, qui commémore le débarquement en Australie des colons britanniques, est un jour de deuil, un jour d’invasion. Le manifestant devra répondre à trois chefs d’accusation: agression envers des policiers, acte de vandalisme, et outrage et rébellion, car il a résisté à son arrestation. Il devrait comparaître devant le tribunal le 14 février. L’incident a fait grand bruit en Australie. Le chef du Conseil consultatif aborigène du Premier ministre, Warren Mundine a condamné toute forme de violence, je cite: « Si nous voulons avoir une discussion mûre et censée et débattre au sujet d’une journée qui nous rassemblerait tous en tant que nation, se battre … n’est pas la manière d’amener les choses », a-t-il déclaré. Plusieurs milliers de personnes ont assisté à la manifestation, qui a commencé à Redfern, considéré comme le quartier aborigène de Sydney.  

4) En Australie, 3 personnes sont mortes noyées vendredi soir dans une rivière en crue du Territoire du Nord. Elles voyagaient en compagnie de 17 autres passagers dans un énorme 4×4. Le groupe a tenté de traverser à gué la rivière Moyle, près de Peppimenarti, à l’extrême nord-ouest du Territoire du Nord, à 350 km au sud-ouest de Darwin. La rivière est en crue, et l’eau atteignait 60 cm de profondeur sur la chaussée immergée vendredi soir. Le 4×4 a été emporté par le courant. 17 passagers ont réussi à s’en extirper, mais les 3 autres, un homme et une femme de 61 ans, et un jeune homme d’une vingtaine d’années, sont restés coincés dans le véhicule, qui a été totalement submergé. ABC

AUSTRALIA

The Human Zoo: Documentary sheds light on stolen Aboriginal people ‘treated as animals’

Updated 28 January 2017, 19:55 AEDT
By Katherine Gregory

An historical documentary featuring the Indigenous community on Palm Island in far north Queensland will shed light on a relatively unknown aspect of Australia’s colonisation where Aboriginal people were stolen, stripped and exhibited as attractions in a human zoo.

The Indigenous community on Palm Island in far north Queensland will feature in an historical documentary about a relatively unknown aspect of colonisation.

Up to 20 Aboriginal people were taken from northern Australia in the 19th and 20th centuries to be exhibited alongside animals in what was called The Human Zoo.

Along with tens of thousands of other people, they were put on display across Europe and North America until at least 1940.

The Palm Island community has been reunited with the remains of one of its ancestors involved in the trade.

Palm Island elder Walter Palm Island said it was a privilege to meet the remains of an ancestor, found mummified in North America, back on home soil.

“My father’s genealogy shows that an uncle died in America in a circus … and it was like a jigsaw puzzle putting these pieces together,” he said.

“Looking at the images and pictures of the ancestors, I can see the pain and suffering they had in the expressions on their face. And how degraded they were.

“They lost a lot of their self-esteem and confidence in themselves as human beings. They were treated as animals.”

Mr Palm Island’s ancestor died in the late 19th century — he was one of about 35,000 people who were exhibited in human zoos between the early 1800s and World War II.

“They were displayed as cannibals. Man eaters. The missing link between man and monkey, for audiences in search of exoticism and the thrill of the unknown,” he said.

Philip Rang, an Australian cinematographer, is working on a documentary that retraces some of these human stories and has just returned from filming on Palm Island.

He said about 20 Aboriginal people were taken from there and Ingham in north Queensland.

“It’s absolutely astonishing [there is] little known about this story,” Mr Rang said.

“They didn’t know what was going on. They were lured away by a clever, say, white fella.

“They first got loaded up in Townsville and taken down to Sydney. And so they wouldn’t escape, they were stripped of all their clothes and put on a boat.”

Not a political film, a human story

The human zoos also exhibited people from Africa, the Pacific and Asia.

Mr Rang said it was a justification for colonisation.

“They would travel to faraway lands and say look at what we discovered. Not only have we found spices and herbs and raw materials, but we also found these peoples.”

One of the documentary’s directors, Bruno Victor-Pujebet, hopes it will discourage a repeat of history.

“We have lots of images, pictures and old films — it’s important to give the public the historical context,” he said.

“It was the way to justify the domination of the world. These people victim of that. But we don’t want to make a political film, we just want to give the facts and tell the story of these people who were completely forgotten.”

For Mr Palm Island, the documentary is a chance for his people to build a greater sense of identity.

“Australian Aboriginal history hasn’t been told and the plight of Australian Indigenous people and what really happened to them,” he said.

The documentary will be first shown in France in June.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-01-28/the-human-zoo-documentary-sheds-light-on-stolen-aboriginal-people-treated-as-animals/1647400
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16c) http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-01-29/qantas-to-offer-refunds-or-change-of-destination-to-anyone-affected-by-us-immigration-ban/1647590
ASIA

16d) China’s new year

Reuters
Sunday, January 29, 2017

BEIJING – Chinese astronauts took centre stage on Friday at state television’s annual glitzy, kitsch and often much derided marathon show welcoming in the lunar new year, but for many viewers a performing donkey was the star.

Traditionally, hundreds of millions gather round their televisions to watch the “CCTV Spring Festival Gala,” a more than four-hour showcase of skits, music and dance which has been a TV staple since the first edition was broadcast in 1983.

Last year’s show was panned online for being too nationalistic and propaganda heavy, especially songs praising the Communist Party.

While this year’s event was more crowd-pleasing, featuring wholesome Chinese teenyboppers TFBoys, the ruling party and its achievements were never going to be entirely absent.

Backed by a large Chinese flag, 11 Chinese astronauts stepped forward on the main stage to introduce themselves and place their hands in clay moulds which will displayed at a museum.

WORLD

 
17a) http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-01-29/donald-trumps-immigration-order-hits-roadblock-court-rules-those-with-visas-can-stay-in-us/1647586
 
17b) http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-01-29/protesters-descend-on-us-airports-rallying-against-trumps-immigration-policies/1647576
 
17c ) Brazil sees opportunities in protectionism policies

Reuters
Saturday, January 28, 2017

BRASILIA – Brazil has an opportunity to strengthen ties with Pacific and European nations that could be targeted if US President Donald Trump pursues protectionist policies, the Brazilian trade minister said on Thursday.

In an interview with Reuters, Trade Minister Marcos Pereira pointed to Mexico, a longtime competitor for trade and investment in Latin America, as one of the countries that could develop stronger commercial relations with Brazil.

Tensions between Mexico and the United States have risen since Mr Trump took office, with the US president saying he intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and build a wall on the US-Mexico border. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday scrapped a planned summit with Mr Trump.

Mr Pereira also said he hoped Chile and Peru would gravitate toward Brazil and the South American trade bloc Mercosur now that Mr Trump has pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

He added that Mr Trump’s political ascent and arrival in the White House has prompted the European Union to show greater interest in concluding a trade agreement with Mercosur that has been under discussion for 15 years.

HEALTH
EDUCATION

18) New kindergarten for Natumua Village

TIMOCI VULA
Saturday, January 28, 2017-Fijitimes

KINDERGARTEN-aged children of Natumua Village in Kadavu, south of Fiji, will now have direct access to early childhood education after the commissioning of its very own classroom yesterday.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama commissioned the early childhood care and education centre, and the village footpath during the final stop of his two-day tour on the island.

A Government statement issued late yesterday noted the State’s $25,000 contribution to the classroom project, and $7897 to complete the construction of the footpath.

Villagers raised the remainder of the funds, and they also sourced their timber to help in the construction of the classroom.

Their youths also raised the initial funding for the footpath project through the sale of yaqona.

“I firmly believe in the importance of keeping our ears to the ground and engaging with communities at the grassroots level to find ways to work with our people and bring positive developments into their lives,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“In the case of this new footpath, I am very happy that my Government was able to spur along a project that the young people of Natumua were so keen to complete, and I look forward to seeing both of these new projects put to good use by this community.”

A Rural Service License, allowing registered vehicles to transport students to schools in the area, was also presented to the village.

19) USP to welcome 3000-plus first year students

TIMOCI VULA
Saturday, January 28, 2017-Fijitimes

SOME 3500 first year university students are expected to be present at the University of the South Pacific’s orientation week starting on Monday January 30.

This annual event in USP’s calendar is designed to help new students transition into university life.

This year’s event will be officially opened by Fiji’s Minister of Education Dr Mahendra Reddy.

The opening ceremony will begin at 9am and will involve the participation of Government Ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of various international, regional and non-government organisations, representatives from the business sector and other university stakeholders.

At this orientation, students will get to meet the different faculty staff, attend faculty orientation sessions, seek academic guidance and register for courses.

Prospective students will also be paired with second or third year “buddy” student under the First-Year Experience (FYE) program operated by USP’s Campus Life Department.

A team from the Ministry of Health will also be present to conduct a blood drive, which is held every year as part of the orientation week program.

Similar programs will be organised at various regional campuses in USP’s 12 member countries.

The orientation week ends on February 4.

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=387165

20) Reddy: Education curriculum needs upgrading

LITIA CAVA
Saturday, January 28, 2017-Fijitimes

FIJI’S Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy says our education curriculum needs to be upgraded.

“We need to upgrade our curriculum because if we will not do that, we will be left behind,” Dr Reddy said.

He made those comments in response to questions raised to him today regarding a circular addressed to school heads nationwide advising them to inform teachers on the implementation of new syllabus in certain subjects this year.

Syllabus or syllabi refers to the outline of topics that are to be covered during an education course.

The circular, which was signed by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Iowane Tiko, also stated that the new syllabi would include a new set of textbooks that the ministry would supply.

21) Ambae School Principal concern over new Intake Selection

By Glenda Willie

The Principal of the Apostolic College on Walaha, West of Ambae has expressed his concerns on the overall selection of Year 9 placement at the college.

Mr. Samuel Vanua said the Apostolic College accommodates Year 7 to Year 10 and provided that almost all the students are from Ambae, most students reside with their relatives and attend classes.

“This year, interestingly, the selection of all our 30 new intakes carries students from all previous schools within Shefa Province,”he said.

Mr. Samuel is concerned that the school can only accommodate at least 50 boarding students. He said if current students would want to continue to live in school, he, would have to find ways to accommodate the new Year 9 intakes.

“My last resort is to find host families for these new students,” the principal said.

Principal Samuel said other constant challenges faced by the school are water shortage and outstanding school fees. Returning students are advised to complete outstanding fees.

Meanwhile, the school principal is reminding all students that Apostolic College will open its doors on February 13 as instructed by the Education authorities and all students are expected to be in school by this date.

Mr. Samuel is also advising new students to bring with them a copy of their birth certificate, a mattress and beddings, a Bible, a bush knife and three pairs of uniform. The Boy’s uniform consist of dark blue and white shirts, dark blue pants,white shirts and black pants to wear on Sundays, the Girls’ uniforms are blue skirts and white blouse and black skirts for church services.

The school does not provide school uniforms therefore, parents are advised to get their child’s uniforms at Chinese shops in Vila or Luganville.

The principal says school fees per term are as follows: Vt11, 200 for Day students while boarding students are to pay Vt23, 200. All examination year students will be paying an additional fee which is the examination fee of Vt700 in Term Two.

Parents and guardians can contact the principal on 7764424 or 7713093 for further queries.

http://dailypost.vu/news/ambae-school-principal-concern-over-new-intake-selection/article_932b577c-232c-5015-bc34-bb7b481a322f.html

POLITIC

22) PM: No links to Treid

January 27, 2017The NationalNational
Article Views: 236

By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK
PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has denied an allegation by the Opposition that the People’s National Congress Party is linked to the awarding of the printing of 10 million ballot papers to an Indonesian company.
Parliament was told yesterday that the Treid Pacific Printing had won the contract to print the ballot papers which would have eight special security features.
But the company subcontracted the printing to the Pura Group in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia.
Opposition Leader Don Polye accused the ruling PNC party of having something to do with the awarding of the contract which cost the Electoral Commission K6.6 million.
But O’Neill told Parliament yesterday that none of the party’s MPs were business associates with Treid Pacific.
“I had a caucus meeting with my party MPs and asked them if they were associates with Treid print company and they all said ‘no’,” O’Neill said. He said the company had off-loaded the printing job to Pura Group because it was cheaper to print in Indonesia.
“In terms of printing of the ballot papers, I’m not aware whether Treid Pacific Printing company is an agent company in PNG for the Indonesian company,” O’Neill said.
“As I said on Tuesday, the contract did not come to the Cabinet.
“It was not advertised by the agencies of the Government.
“It was done by the Electoral commissioner. The bidding process, I don’t have knowledge of.
“But from reports I am getting, the printing has been done in Indonesia.
“Because of security measures, some of the printing requirements to print in the ballot papers cannot be done by the Government Printers.
“Secondly, the pricing. The quote that the Electoral commissioner received is over K20 million.
“To print in Indonesia with the security features is K6.6 million.”

23) SODELPA to revise manifesto

Nasik Swami
Saturday, January 28, 2017- Fijitimes

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) is in the process of revising its manifesto to make it multiracial.

Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka said he wanted to change the focus of the party from a uniracial one — focus on one race — to a multiracial one by the 2018 polls.

“We are looking at revising, probably the emphasis in 2014 was seen as uniracial when it should have been multiracial because the party constitution itself calls for the party to champion multiracial issues,” he said.

Mr Rabuka said the party’s focus would be race-neutral, looking at things that were good for the nation rather than one particular race.

He said the party would also focus on putting more emphasis on accessibility to education and schools with good and quality facilities.

“The upgrading of rural standard of living by making rural living profitable, accessible to markets, the rural electrification for rural development is another program that we will be looking at.”

He said the party’s manifesto would also focus on achieving sustainable development goals and environment considerations.

24) Fiji’s Supervisor Of Elections Has No Intention To Step Down

Submitted by PIR Editor on Thu, 01/26/2017 – 14:54

Saneem calls Fiji Labour Party leaders attempt to politicize his office ‘regrettable’

By Tevita Vuibau

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 27, 2017) – Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says he will not step down from his post.

He said attempts to politicise his office in the lead-up to the 2018 General Election were regrettable. Mr Saneem made the comments after Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry called for his resignation and the cessation of all work by his office until a new Electoral Commission was appointed.

“I will not be resigning. I am working as hard as I can in consultation with all political parties to produce a successful election in 2018,” said Mr Saneem. “And that’s what my hard working team at the Fijian Elections Office and I intend to do.”

Mr Saneem said his office had set a standard in 2014 which was acknowledged by the Fijian people and 20 other nations and he intended to maintain it.

“The Supervisor of Elections is apolitical, independent and I am heading a crack team intent on doing their duty for every Fijian. It isn’t about party politics. It is about the integrity of the process.”

Mr Chaudhry said an Electoral Commission was needed to direct the work of the Elections Supervisor, adding these were issues the party would raise with authorities.

“Until such time as the new commission is appointed, the Supervisor of Elections can suspend all his work because the commission needs to be in place to direct him and that’s the other thing that we are taking up,” he said in an interview with this newspaper.

The previous commission’s term came to an end on January 9 and no replacements have been named yet.

Mr Chaudhry said Mr Saneem should have resigned following the much publicised court case against the Electoral Commission.

During the 2014 election, Mr Saneem had decided against following a directive of the commission and proceeded to draw the National Candidates List of the 2014 General Election.

The Fiji Court of Appeal eventually ruled in favour of the Electoral Commission. Mr Chaudhry said Mr Saneem should have resigned immediately after the court’s ruling.

“Then we have these incidents of him overruling the Electoral Commission itself and then losing the legal battle.

“That in itself was sufficient reason for him resigning by himself. Now of course, he didn’t do that. Now of course, we will have to take these up with the authorities that he should be replaced.”

Fiji Times Online.

25) Solomon Islands Commissions New Permanent Representative To United Nations

Submitted by PIR Editor on Thu, 01/26/2017 – 14:40

Ambassador Robert Sisilo has been based in Brussels, spokesperson for Pacific on ACP-EU trade negotiations

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, Jan. 14, 2017) – Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon Milner Tozaka, has Commissioned the Solomon Islands newly appointed Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Ambassador Robert Sisilo.

The Commissioning Ceremony was witnessed by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Mr Joseph Ma’ahanua and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Minister Tozaka said Ambassador Sisilo’s tasks are to represent and promote the interests of the Government of Solomon Islands at the international level.

Ambassador Sisilo has acknowledged his appointment saying that the Mission is charged with a hugely ambitious and expansive goal of defending and promoting our interests in an international organisation.

Sisilo is one of the country’s senior diplomats previously posted as Solomon Islands’ Ambassador in Brussels, Belgium, and has served as Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade.

He also served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services and recently the Head of Solomon Islands Trade Negotiations Envoy and Spokesperson for the Pacific Island Countries on the EPA negotiations with the EU and PACER-Plus negotiations.

The newly appointed Ambassador is expected to depart for New York early next week.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

26) Vice-regal election on Feb 9

00:28 am GMT+12, 26/01/2017, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea’s new governor-general will be elected on Feb 9, according to Speaker Theodore Zurenuoc.

The six-year term of Sir Michael Ogio expires on Feb 24. He assumed the office on Feb 25, 2011.

Zurenuoc explained to Parliament Tuesday the procedure for the nomination of a new vice-regal, saying he could be elected “within the period of three months before the completion of the normal term of office of the governor-general”.

He said a secret ballot would be conducted in Parliament on Feb 9 “to fill the imminent vacancy”.

So far, four candidates are vying for the position – former defence force commander Ted Diro, former State minister Sir Pato Kakaraya, Kabwum MP Bob Dadae and former Speaker Timothy Bonga.

Zurenuoc said the nomination forms must contain the mark or signature of:

The proposer who shall be a Member of Parliament;

The person proposed as accepting the nomination; and,

Not less than 15 other MPs.

“The completed forms must be handed to the Acting Clerk of Parliament no later than 12.30pm on Monday, Jan 30, 2017,” he said.

Zurenuoc said the acting clerk could reject a proposal for nomination if:

The proposer of the nomination was not on the prescribed form;

The proposal was not signed by at least 15 MPs; or,

He had reasonable cause to believe, and did believe, the person nominated was not qualified for appointment as the governor-general.

Meanwhile, acting Clerk Kala Aufa told The National that Parliament would sit for three weeks because Zurenuoc had set Feb 9 as the date for the election of a new governor-general.

“They (MPs) have no choice but to sit for three weeks as required by the law,” Aufa said.

Nominations for the governor-general opened on Tuesday would close next Monday, Jan 30.

He said the three weeks would allow Parliament to discuss other outstanding matters including bills.

Dadae, a three-time Kabwum MP told, The National he had the support of the ruling People’s National Congress and the Opposition.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS

MEDIA

27) Media gather for Mayhem

LICE MOVONO
Saturday, January 28, 2017- Fijitimes

MEDIA have a sacred independence necessary for it to conduct its role of watchdog.

Corporate organisations can draw a line between the professional role of the media and still mingle with journalists.

Vodafone Head of mCommerce & Corporate Affairs Shailendra Prasad made the comments as he welcomed Fijian Media to the Media Mayhem at the Uprising Resort this morning.

The Media Mayhem is a sports and social event organised by Vodafone Fiji.

“This event by Vodafone is not to seek any favours nor do we expect the media to compromise its highly sacred media independence in any way,” Mr Prasad said.

“The event, however, is to acknowledge the role the media has played in the success of Vodafone over the last 22 years.”

Mr Prasad said despite the competitive nature between media organisations, the media was one industry and it needed to address its challenges as a unit.

Representatives from The Fiji Times, The Fiji Sun, The Jet Newspaper, Mai Life Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Fiji Television and Communications Fiji Limited are attending the event.

Also present were media officers from Fiji Rugby Union and Fiji Football Association.

media played on facilities used by the Fiji National 7s team and watched Fiji’s games at the Wellington 7s.

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=387161

BUSINESS

28) New Zealand Seasonal Employer Seeks More Ni-Vanuatu Workers

Submitted by PIR Editor on Thu, 01/26/2017 – 15:52

Seasonal Solutions in country to expand recruitment to all provinces

By Len Garae

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Jan. 27, 2017) – The biggest employer of the RSE Scheme in New Zealand, Seasonal Solutions, has confirmed its decision in a meeting with Vanuatu Commissioner of Labour in Port Vila yesterday, to spread its recruitment programme to the remaining most isolated areas of the islands throughout all six Provinces.

The Commissioner says he put the proposal to the company and they considered it and approved of it. “In our meeting today (yesterday) I gave them new isolated areas of West Coast Santo and Tassariki, Ureparapara and Torres, the head of the dog on Malekula, East and South Epi, East Pentecost, Aneityum, Aniwa, Futuna and East Erromango as new recruitment areas that have not been penetrated before”, he says.

The Commissioner says they are very keen to move into these areas this season. They have their agents on the islands that go to the communities and recruit direct from inside. He is also looking at linking them with the Provinces, to allow each Province to facilitate the recruitment programme.

While the New Zealand Government has further opened the recruitment gap to 1,000 more workers, Commissioner Kaluat says out of the number Vanuatu could take out 500 on its own.

New Zealand farmers want more workers than the extra 1,000 spaces.

Meanwhile continuing recruitment by employers has not slowed down. “When we believe we have overpopulated both the North and South Islands with our workers, more farmers continue recruit more workers on top of the existing population of over 3,500 workers on the ground”, he says.

“It is from word of mouth promotion from employers who tell their friends about how good our workers are and more employers want to recruit more workers from Vanuatu”.

Also, he says some employers come up to Vanuatu on holiday and end up on Champagne Beach in Santo or Gaua in the Banks and “lose their hearts” in those isolated spots and tell their friends to come over and their connection with Vanuatu continues to grow.

Vanuatu Daily Post

29) Tasmania wants 10,000 workers

By Len Garae

Commissioner Kaluat says individual States will hire workers

Commissioner of Labour Lionel Kaluat says farmers in Tasmania alone are prepared to employ 10,000 ni Vanuatu workers.

But the Commissioner says if everything falls into place; to make it fair with other sending countries in the Pacific, it is likely the number could be shared with them.

In fact late discussions between Vanuatu and Australia have zeroed down to linking seasonal workers from Vanuatu to individual states of Australia beginning with the State of Tasmania.

He says Vanuatu has already completed the formalities pending Australia’s final approval.

Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Jenny Da Rin’s statement that Vanuatu is the highest sending country for seasonal workers going to Australia this season, has been confirmed by the Commissioner of Labour who is confident that his prediction will come true for Vanuatu to sail past Tonga sooner than later.

Tonga has 4,000 working in Australia but employers are now turning to Vanuatu after some Tongan workers were reported to have breached their contracts by overstaying.
http://dailypost.vu/news/tasmania-wants-workers/article_785da177-2323-5934-8d10-2fd12eaecfb7.html

30 ) http://www.pireport.org/articles/2017/01/26/png-trade-union-congress-comes-out-against-new-housing-tax

INFRASTRUCTURE

31) Millions to access internet

9:02 pm GMT+12, 26/01/2017, Papua New Guinea

More than 1.2 million people in Papua New Guinea are expected to have access to the internet at the conclusion of the World Bank rural communications project roll-out in August.

The World Bank yesterday gave an overview of the project and its progressive support of the information and communication technology sector in the country.

“The rural communications project will improve access to telecommunications infrastructure and services in rural and remote areas of PNG,” it said.

“The project will provide technical assistance to the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) to address emerging regulatory challenges and to strengthen the competitiveness of the telecommunications market and to the Department of Communication and Information to strengthen ICT policy development.

“It will help establish a universal access and service regime and associated fund to develop regulations and operating procedures.

“Further, the project will finance two UAS demonstration projects using competitively-bid one-time capital subsidies to stimulate extension of ICT services to unserved and under-served areas of the country.”

The World Bank had been actively involved in the sector since 2008, advising governments on telecommunications issues including the liberalisation of the mobile market.

“The ongoing rural communications project has financed the installation of mobile base stations at 59 sites in remote areas,” it said.

“It has contributed to providing basic telecom services to over 500,000 people previously unserved by any form of telecommunications services.

“Coupled with aggressive rollouts by the private sector, telecommunications coverage has increased from 20 percent in 2009 to 90 percent in 2016.

SOURCE: PACNEWS

32) Wau-Bulolo Highway reopens

January 27, 2017The NationalNational
Article Views: 60

By JUNIOR UKAHA
THE Wau-Bulolo Highway in Morobe has been reopened to traffic after the bridge at Warabung washed away by floodwaters on Sunday was fixed by the Works Department.
Morobe Works manager Kingsford Kassen told The National the damaged section was backfilled with boulders, gravel and soil to allow light vehicles to pass through.
Traffic flow was disrupted when the bridge was damaged following heavy rains last weekend.
People and vehicles were stranded on both sides of the bridge.
“As off 1am (Wednesday), we managed to open the road for light vehicles to use,” Kassen said.
“Today (Thursday), I have received reports that heavy vehicles are now crossing over.”

LAW&ORDER

33 ) http://www.pireport.org/articles/2017/01/26/refugees-nauru-png-worried-about-president-trump-views-resettlement

CLIMATE CHANGE,CONSERVATION

34) Increased Activity At Vanuatu Volcano Threatens Agriculture, Human Health

Submitted by PIR Editor on Thu, 01/26/2017 – 14:15

Ash from Mt Yasur on Tanna constantly falling on areas around volcano

By Anita Roberts

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Jan. 27, 2016) – Communities surrounding Mt Yasur volcano on Tanna are struggling to survive as volcanic ash falls continues to threaten agriculture, animal and human health, infrastructure and water.

The volcano has been jetting a lot of smoke and ashes lately, a local on Tanna conveyed. “Villagers have to cover their heads from volcanic ashes when walking around and buildings with tarpaulins”, stressed another local.

The constant ash falls is disturbing infrastructure development and affecting crops grown like ‘aelan cabbage’ that livelihoods depend on.

Cabbage have to be washed several times before being cooked, locals stressed. Volcanic gas can also damage grasses for livestock.

In its bulletin number 1 for Mt Yasur this year issued recently, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD), responsible for monitoring all volcanoes, said the volcano is in major unrest stage and some volcanic explosions remain strong.

“Volcanic bombs may fall in and/or around the crater, the area of risk.

“Volcanic gases and ashes can also affect villagers that are exposed to trade winds”, VMGD has warned.

Visitors including villagers are advised to view the volcano from the exclusion zone which is about 395 m around the eruptive vents to avoid volcanic projectiles, gas, ashes and any other volcano activity related incidents.

Located on the coast near Sulphur Bay, Mt Yasur is Vanuatu’s major tourism attraction. The island’s economy depends on tourism.

Vanuatu Daily Post

MINING,FORESTRY,AGRICULTURE

35 ) Exxon and Oil Search let go of a PNG petroleum licence

Oil and gas companies Oil Search and ExxonMobil have surrendered one of their petroleum prospective licenses, or PPLs, in Papua New Guinea.

PNG Industry news reports that the pair paid US$15 million for the remote licence in 2012, and had offered further payments and royalties based on success.

However, the difficulties associated with exploration in the Highlands, the recent dry wells at Strickland and other factors have reduced the attractiveness of the block, known as PPL 277.

As partners in PNG’s major LNG Project, the two companies already have rights to various energy resources in the Highlands region, including the all important Hides gas fields just west of PPL 277.
http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/323288/exxon-and-oil-search-let-go-of-a-png-petroleum-licence

36 ) Miner expects better output in 2017
January 27, 2017The NationalBusiness
Article Views: 226

RAMU NiCo Limited president Gao Yongxue says the nickel/cobalt project in Madang expects better production in 2017.
He told employees and management from Kurumbukari mine and Basamuk Refinery through a video conference that this followed strict requirements from the MCC- Group due to high operational costs and the low world nickel price resulting in a huge financial deficit.
“The year 2016 has witnessed a series of technical modification and debottlenecking projects launched to overcome process constraints for improved production quality,” Yongxue said.
“This has settled the conditions for better process stability, productivity and MHP quality in the future.”
He said the project expected better process stability, productivity and mixed hydroxide product quality following huge improvement on technical modification efficiency, technical plan and processes achieved last year.
“The Ramu NiCo management strived to improve the project production and witnessed a series of technical modification and bottlenecking projects that ultimately overcame process constraints and improved production quality,” Yongxue said.
He said they made a technical breakthrough in hydraulic sluicing in the Kurumbukare (KBK) Mine which reduced production costs with a stable nickel supply over 20 tonnes per day, resulting in more output in last quarter of 2016.

37) http://www.pireport.org/articles/2017/01/26/natural-disasters-cost-fiji-sugar-industry-80-million-2016

WOMAN,YOUTH,CHILD
EVENT
SPORT

38a) Australian Open: Serena Williams not predicting a final majors tally after Melbourne victory over sister Venus

Updated 29 January 2017, 11:35 AEDT

Serena Williams is not prepared to put a number on the haul of majors she may end up winning after claiming her 23rd title with her Australian Open triumph.

Serena, who won her first major at the US Open in 1999, drew level with Graf’s tally of 22 at Wimbledon last year and edged ahead of the German with her 6-4, 6-4 victory over her sister Venus on Rod Laver Arena on Saturday.

The 35-year-old is now the most prolific women’s major singles champion of the open era and sits behind only Australia’s Margaret Court (24) on the all-time list.

“It’s such a great feeling to have 23. It really feels great,” Serena said.

“I’ve been chasing it for a really long time. It feels like, really long time. When it got on my radar, I knew I had an opportunity to get there, and I’m here. I’m here.

“It’s a great feeling. No better place to do it than Melbourne.”

Serena played vintage tennis at Melbourne Park as she chased her seventh Australian Open over the last two weeks, despite missing the back end of last season with a shoulder injury.

On current form, she would have to be an odds-on favourite to add more titles to her remarkable collection this season but says there is no masterplan.

“I never had a number,” Serena said. “That’s the beauty of it. When I started this journey, I just wanted to win a grand slam. Then I just wanted to win. Every time I step on the court, I want to win.

“It’s just really remarkable.”

Serena looking to ‘enjoy’ the moment

Serena says she is in no great hurry to think about an assault on Court’s all-time record.

“One thing I learned in the past is you have to enjoy it,” she said. “That’s the beauty of winning Australia, you have a few months to relax.

“If you win the French, it’s like back-to-back-to-back-to-back. Australia, you have time to enjoy the moment before the next grand slam.”

Serena was delighted to learn she will return to world number one in place of Angelique Kerber on Monday, even if her coach Patrick Mouratoglou had kept her in the dark about the possibility.

“That was a bonus. I didn’t know actually. It feels good. I like being on top, so I really like that feeling,” she said.

“In the beginning of the tournament, I was like, ‘If I win, will I be number one?’. (Patrick) said, ‘No, no, no’.

“Today on the court when they were like, ‘And number one’, I was like, ‘Whoa, really?’.”

For many, Serena long ago settled the discussion over who was the greatest women’s tennis player of all time.

Perhaps out of modesty or respect for the players that have gone before, Serena has rarely discussed the matter but she is prepared to accept she was top three.

“I definitely think so,” she said. “I mean, between Martina (Navratilova), myself, Steffi Graf, hands down we are leading that conversation.”

Reuters

38b ) Brumbies include Wallabies in Brisbane Tens squad
00:12 am GMT+12, 26/01/2017, Australia

Several Wallabies will lead the Brumbies’ squad selected to compete for the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens title.

While there has been doubt cast over the involvement of top All Blacks in the tournament, the Brumbies side boasts nine internationally capped players and nine with more than 50 Super Rugby games under their belt.

Among the internationals named in the squad are Australian regulars Tevita Kuridrani and Scott Sio, as well as fellow Wallabies Henry Speight, Saia Fainga’a, Kyle Godwin, Allan Alaalatoa plus established Argentinian international Tomas Cubelli.

Former stars Stephen Larkham and Andrew Walker are also in the squad as wildcard players.

In addition to the familiar names, the Brumbies squad features a number of young players who have progressed through local Canberra rugby pathways, including Joseph Powell, Jordan Jackson-Hope and Tom Staniforth.

The team also includes Auckland-born former Blues and Harlequins prop Nic Mayhew.

The Brumbies face the Highlanders, Toulon and South Africa’s Blue Bulls in the pool stages of the tournament.

Brumbies Squad

Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Kyle Godwin, Tomas Cubelli, Tom Banks, Scott Sio, Nic Jooste, Joseph Powell, Andrew Smith, Lausii Taliauli, Aidan Toua, Jordan Jackson-Hope, Robbie Abel, Allan Alaalatoa, Chris Alcock, Jarrad Butler, Tom Staniforth, Blake Enever, Saia Faingaa, Lolo Fakaosilea, Ben Hyne, Leslie Makin, Nic Mayhew, Jordan Smiler, Stephen Larkham (wildcard), Andrew Walker (wildcard).

SOURCE: NZ HERALD/PACNEWS

39) Rise of sports tourism

9:08 pm GMT+12, 26/01/2017, Fiji

Sports tourism is fast becoming Fiji’s draw card in attracting travellers to our shores, with major resorts taking advantage of the opportunities it presents.

One sport that has not failed to attract visitors to our shores is rugby, particularly the 7s code, which relegated Fiji to prominence when the national side scooped gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Resorts such as the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort in Sigatoka, and Pacific Harbour’s Uprising Fiji Resort, have been vocal and strong financial supporters of rugby development in the country over a number of years.

The two resorts have even developed their own seven’s tournaments, annually attracting sports teams from around the country and abroad.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort general manager Peter Hopgood and Sigatoka River Safari owner Jay Whyte began the very successful Coral Coast Sevens tournament seven years ago.

The tournament has grown into a multi-national event where teams from New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan have participated against some of the country’s prolific local teams.

Speaking at the event launch last week — where Australian Wallabies stars George Gregan, Lote Tuqiri and New Zealand sevens great Karl Tenana were honoured guests — Hopgood said the idea of the Coral Coast Sevens came about when they wanted an event that could attract crowds during the tourism industry’s off-season.

“Seven years ago the general managers of Coral Coast resorts at the time, got together with Jay Whyte and decided to put a sevens tournament together because it was our quiet time of the year,” he said.

“Let’s put a tournament on where we can attract people to Fiji, but more importantly to the Coral Coast.

“It was a big undertaking and we started off slow and it’s grown bigger and better every year.

“As hoteliers in the Coral Coast, we attract about 200,000 visitors to our resorts every year and we employ more than 2000 staff and we contribute over $80 million to our tourism industry and local economy.

“Having events such as the Coral Coast Sevens really assisted us during our quiet times.”

Pacific Harbour-based Uprising Fiji Resort general manager James Pridgeon agreed that sports tourism had become a strong money earner for local resorts and the tourism industry.

He said the rugby seven’s tournaments had become a great marketing opportunity while at the same time fostered local rugby talents.

The resort was behind the Uprising Youth Sevens team during the Sigatoka tournament at Lawaqa Park this year.

“It is our passion and our privilege to be part of the tournament and we see the event has grown quite significantly, especially with the amount of talent we see out on the field, especially from our youths,” said Pridgeon.

That’s where we want to align ourselves, and with our Uprising Fiji Beach Resort brand.

“And we will continue to follow through with the sports tourism market especially in 2017, and as we move forward these tournaments are great way to put our brand forward and continue to support grassroots rugby.

“The reality now is we are bridging the gap by bringing the events to them and putting them on a main stage, so they can perform in front of their country and in front of potential scouts and selectors.

“This is a perfect opportunity for the younger guys to get their names out and be recognised.

SOURCE; SAMOA OBSERVER/PACNEWS

40) Wellington 7s: Fiji show Olympic character against Japan

LICE MOVONO
Saturday, January 28, 2017-Fijitimes

FIJI showed character in their game against Japan thrashing them 56-0.

While it seemed like an easy match for the gold medallists, new coach Gareth Barber said the team began to show character after the previous match against Australia.

Fiji now leads Pool B with 6 points followed by series leaders South Africa with 5 points with Japan and Australia at 2 points each.

“There’s a huge expectation that goes with it but my job is to keep doing what Ben and the boys have done before,” Baber said.

FIji beat Australia 26-12 in its first pool match.

41a ) Fiji’s best 12

Maciu Malo
Saturday, January 28, 2017-Fijitimes

THE 12 players selected to shoulder the hope of the nation in this year’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Wellington event is the best mix to restore Fiji’s lost glory at the famous Westpac Stadium.

Head coach Gareth Baber says the final 12-member team is a well-balanced mix when it comes to pace, brutal strength and game breakers.

He said the team selected would keep their opposition guessing on the game-plan in store in this Fijian outfit.

“That is the balance we want in our side and to keep the opposition guessing at all times,” said Baber.

“We have physicality in our game, we have pace in our game.

“I have played against a Fijian side and they always displayed that and I am jealous of the ability they have. They are supreme athletes which is good for us.”

The Welshman said the team had the ability to absorb pressure at the same time launch attack that could hurt other teams.

“The way the team is selected is based on their abilities such as how hard they defend as a team and when they attack.

“We also have pace in the field and when you can travel around quicker it’s easy to be in the right places.

“It’s not about brutal strength but also pace to get around the field quicker.”

Baber said this was one of the moments for the players to react to the challenges around them and handle the pressure at the same time learn from the games.

“The biggest thing for me is how the boys react and get things going.

“To look inside them and get better,” he added.

Fiji will play Australia in their first pool match at 10.46am today, Japan at 2.10pm and against South Africa at 6.18pm in the evening.

Team: Jasa Veremalua, Nemani Nagusa, Setareki Bituniyata, Jerry Tuwai, Vatemo Ravouvou, Osea Kolinisau, Joeli Lutumailagi, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Kalioni Nasoko, Alivereti Veitokani, Aminoni Nasilasila, Samisoni Viriviri.

Fixtures for today: Pool D, Match 1: Wales v Russia – 10am: Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Scotland v Canada – 10:23am, Fiji v Australia – 10:46am, South Africa v Japan – 11:09am, Kenya v Argentina – 11:32am, England v Papua New Guinea – 11:55am, USA v France – 12:18pm, New Zeland v Samoa – 12pm, Wales v Canada – 1:24pm, Scotland v Russia – 1:47pm, Fiji v Japan – 2 :10pm, South Africa v Australia – 2:33pm, Kenya v PNG – 2:56pm, England v Argentina – 3:19pm, USA v Samoa – 3:42pm, New Zealand v France – 4:05pm, Russia v Canada – 5pm, Scotland v Wales – 5:26pm, Aust v Japan – 5:52pm, South Africa v Fiji – 6:18pm, Argn v PNG, Eng v Kenya – 7:10pm, France v Samoa – 70:36pm, NZ v USA – 8:02pm.

Sunday, Jan 29- Quarter-finals to Cup final

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=387109

41b) PNG Wiman Kriket tim bai go long Sri Lanka

Updated 27 January 2017, 13:38 AEDT

PNG Wiman kriket team  City Pharmacy PNG Lewas bai go long Sri Lanka long pilai na traem qualify long stao long Women World Cup pilai bai kamap long mun June dispela yar long United Kingdom.

PNG Cricket High Perforamnce Manager Rarua Dikana itok bai igat tenpela tim bai pait hat long kisim las foapela ples oa spot long dispela ICC Women’s World  Cup long United Kingdom.

Emi tok  preparation blong ol girls ibin gutpela na emi tok emi bikpela samting long ol girls i pilai gut long namba wan game blong ol agensim Banladesh.

Bai igat tenpela tim long dispela tournament long Sri Lanka na bai oli dividim ol long tupela grup.

PNG tim i lusim Port Moresby long 31 de blong mun Januari na tournament i stat long  February 7 igo nap long February 21.ABC

Philippe Saibir Pako -Tenene

w: www.voiceofmelanesia.com

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