Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1108 ( Monday 7 August 2017 )

MELANESIA

1) http://dailypost.vu/news/women-vow-to-petition-pm/article_959cef41-d0e0-58fb-8400-e43316e5c631.html

2) 
Relatives of Papua shooting victims call on police to take responsibility4 August 2017 

A relative of villagers in Indonesia’s Papua region caught up in a fatal police shooting says they’re calling for the police to take responsibility for the incident.

Amatus Douw’s relatives were among victims shot in a confrontation with paramilitary police in the Deiyai district on Tuesday.

According to reports up to 16 people were also injured, some of them critically, among them teenagers.

Mr Douw is a pro-independence activist for West Papua and lives in Australia after obtaining political asylum in 2006.

He had been in contact with his family and he said the dead man’s body was placed in front of the police office in Deiyai yesterday after the shooting.

“Without asking, without advocating the issue, they just shoot and shoot. Uncompromised. They are really sad and very worried,” said Amatus Douw.

Mr Douw said his people were worried because more police and military had been deployed to the district.

According to a BBC report police said warning shots were fired in the incident and they were investigating.

The parliament of the Deiyai area has called for the arrest of officers involved in the shooting and the withdrawal of the mobile brigade.http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/336435/relatives-of-papua-shooting-victims-call-on-police-to-take-responsibility

3) BCL holds first board meeting in Bougainville in 27 years4 August 2017 

Bougainville Copper Ltd remains confident it has the support to re-open the long closed Panguna mine.

BCL held its first board meeting in 27 years in the autonomous Papua New Guinea region this week and chief executive Mark Hitchcock said they were well received.

The company, which had operated the mine for nearly 20 years prior to the civil war, is now under different ownership – with the Autonomous Bougainville Government taking a major role.

Mr Hitchcock said it was a significant event to be back in Bougainville.

“We have recently opened an office there and employed a Bougainville manager, and as part of this re-engagement with the development of Panguna, it was quite significant to have our directors back for a board meeting, and very well received.”

BCL has laid out a timeline to have the mine fully operational within 10 years.

The BCL board includes former leading PNG politicians, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, Sir Moi Avei and Dame Carol Kidu.

Another company, Australian miner, RTG, is separately negotiating to win an exploration contract at Panguna.http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/336491/bcl-holds-first-board-meeting-in-bougainville-in-27-years

4) New Caledonia decolonisation France’s responsibility – Wamytan

5:17 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2017, New Caledonia

A senior pro-independence politician in New Caledonia says France cannot just be an arbiter in the decolonisation process.

In an interview with the territory’s only daily newspaper, Roch Wamytan said he represents the colonised people and is engaged in talks with France which is the coloniser.

Wamytan said he reminded the visiting French overseas minister of this during last week’s meetings.

Wamytan signed the 1998 Noumea Accord on behalf of the pro-independence FLNKS movement, ushering in the path to next year and planned vote on full sovereignty.

He said although France is the Accord’s guarantor, it cannot simply assume to be between the two camps.

Wamytan said the French state was responsible for the colonisation and had a responsibility for the decolonisation.

He also wondered why the anti-independence side appeared to be so fearful of the future given efforts to create a common destiny.

SOURCE: RNZI/PACNEWS

MELANESIAN AFFAIRS/WELFARE


5) Benefits of pension

Fiji National Provident Fund
Saturday, August 05, 2017

SIXTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD pensioner Apimeleki Vu has no regrets about signing up for the FNPF joint pension product more than a decade ago.

These days, Mr Vu happily advocates for FNPF and encourages members he meets, to sign up for one of the pension options.

A former employee of Burns Philp Homecentres, Mr Vu now resides at his village in Nakorovou, Noco, Rewa and attributes the independence he enjoys now, to his decision to sign up for the joint pension.

He and his wife receive $300 a month.

This, he says, is more than enough for life in the village.

Mr Vu still plants root crops and vegetables near his home and enjoys the occasional mana or mangrove lobsters — a delicacy that the Rewa province is known for.

Mr Vu shared that as he was approaching retirement age, he had received information on the different retirement options for FNPF members.

He mulled over this information for quite a while before settling on the joint pension product as his retirement option for his hard earned FNPF savings.Read more – http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=411526

6) Fiji’s consumer commission ‘committed to high standard’

Fiji’s Competition and Consumer Commission, formerly the Commerce Commission, has urged members of the public to come forward and lodge complaints if they believe they have been given misinformation by an employee.

A complaint was lodged by a member of the public resulting in the worker being sacked.

The Competition and Consumer Commission officer had provided false information and was dismissed after an investigation.

The commission’s chief executive Joel Abraham made it clear that the commission is fully committed to working alongside members of the public to ensure that a high standard of conduct is followed.

He said the commission, an independent statutory body, exists to protect the interests of the Fijian people and ensure fair practices in the marketplace and a zero tolerance for misconduct.

Mr Abraham also said it would invest in professional development training too.http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/336626/fiji-s-consumer-commission-committed-to-high-standard

7) Major success as CODEX Alimentarius Commission approves work on a regional standard for Kava
5:34 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2017, Switzerland

A major achievement in terms of new work on developing a regional standard for kava as a beverage when mixed with water was finally adopted by the CODEX Alimentarius Commission (CAC), at its 40th Session in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Ministry of Agriculture permanent secretary Jitendra Singh who is also Fiji’s National Focal Point for CODEX said this is a major milestone for Fiji and other kava-producing Pacific Island countries (PICs).

“The development of a regional standard for kava will improve the credibility and safety of the product, thus ensuring improved international market access for kava,” said Singh.

The proposal was tabled and endorsed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation/World Health Organisation Coordinating Committee for North America and South West Pacific (CCNASWP) in its session last year (2016) where it was cleared to be discussed in the Codex Executive Committee (CEXEC) in July before it was recommended to the CAC for approval.

On its second day of session, the CAC’s 150 member countries present at the meeting all agreed to the proposal for this new work. This culminates some 13 years of work by regional members to develop a standard for kava.

Singh acknowledged the support of the ‘quad countries’; United States of America (USA), Canada, Australia, and New Zealand who are also members of the CCNASWP which Fiji belongs to.  “They have supported our proposal all the way without reservation,” he said.

The process for endorsing a food/beverage code or standard is quite strict and open to scrutiny from all CODEX members. Each country wants to ensure that such a code or standard guarantees the quality and safety of the product that they may be openly traded in the international market and consumed by their people.

In preparation of this regional standard, a technical working group will be formed soon by CCNASWP, who will work on the content and technical details required in the standard.

Kava is an important agricultural commodity for the PICs that engage in its cultivation, forming an integral part of cultural, social and economic life. While a number of the PICs produce and trade in kava products, Vanuatu and Fiji are the major producers and exporters in the Pacific region.

The current impediment to trade includes the lack of an internationally accepted kava quality standard which has contributed to a decline in the trade of kava products in several countries. The uniform standardisation of kava should eliminate the quality problems of the products considered as the concern for the safety of consumers.

The standard should be the basis of kava legislation to ensure the quality of kava products that do not threaten health, safety and trade and provide all stakeholders with the ability to make informed choices.
The standard will also ensure consumers health protection by identifying varieties of kava with a history of safe traditional use, and parts of the plant and the process of preparation that over centuries have not shown any undesirable health effects.

SOURCE: DEPTFO NEWS/PACNEWS

8) 20 Arrested After Sorcery Related Arson In Solomon Islands

Submitted by PIR Editor on Thu, 08/03/2017 – 10:02

Burning incident after 20 men appeared at the settlement demanding compensation for the life of a woman who passed away last month believed to be killed by evil spirit according to their cultural beliefs

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, August 3, 2017) – RSIPF Officers in Auki, Malaita Province are investigating an incident at a village in Central Kwara’ae which resulted in the burning of two residential houses and a kitchen and all the personal properties inside the houses and the looting of other property.

The burning incident at a settlement near Maoro Village happened on the afternoon of 1 August 2017 after 20 men from East Kwara’ae appeared at the settlement demanding compensation for the life of a woman who passed away last month believed to be killed by evil spirit according to their cultural beliefs. The deceased woman, from East Kwara’ae was a teacher posted at a school near Maoro Village.

After the person suspected of using sorcery to kill the woman was not able to meet their demand, it is alleged that the 20 men burnt down two residential houses and a kitchen built with sago palm leaves. It is further alleged that the group of mean looted live chickens and destroyed fruit trees at the settlement.

Auki Police, who arrived at the settlement after they were notified, were able to arrest the  20 men as they were traveling back on a vehicle to the provincial capital.

The men have been apprehended and are now assisting the police with their investigations.

Provincial Police Commander, Malaita Province, David Wate has called on members of the communities in and around Maoro Village to remain calm as the incident is now a police case.

“I want to remind our good people of Malaita not to take the law into their own hands. We have our traditional ways of dealing with such issues which can result in an amicable solution instead of taking the law into our hands and causing more problems to the affected families,” said PPC Wate.

Solomon Star

9 ) 
http://www.thenational.com.pg/province-experiencing-shortage-food-water/

TOK PISIN Papua Niugini,Solomon PIJIN,BISLAMA Vanuatu

10) Kava inap lusim Pacific

Updated 3 August 2017, 11:17 AEST
Caroline Tiriman

Ol narapla kantri long wold inap mekim Kava olsem wanpla product blong ol sopos ol kantri long Pacific ino strongim wok long lukautim gut  despla samting.

Dr Vincent Lebot Kava scientist blong Vanuatu agrikalsa dipatman i mekim despla toktok bihaen long prais blong Kava iwok long go antap long wonem igat bikpla sot long kava long rijan.

Emi wari olsem, bikpla prais blong Kava long America na Europe bai nap mekim ol despla kantri i lukluk long planim na kamapim olsem product blong ol iet.

Fiji na Vanuatu isave planim planti Kava, tasol ol tropical cyclone ibin hamarim ol industri blong ol long 2015 na 2016, olsem na oli sot long Kava.

Emi tok prais blong  Kava long America i winim moa long 30 US dollars na despla kaen prais i bikpla tumas, tasol ol pipal isave baem iet.http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/tokpisin/2017-08-03/kava-inap-lusim-pacific/1690902

11) Solomon Islands Guadalcanal Day

3 August 2017

Sam Seke

Premier blong Guadalcanal Province, Anthony Veke hemi talem olketa pipol blong Guadalcanal fo olketa i mas kontrolom seleva olketa divelopment long provins.

Premier Veke hem se olketa pipol blong Guadalcanal seleva nao bae disaed long fiutsa blong provins, ino gavman, ino olketa NGO or olketa kampani.

Hem mekem disfala toktok taem hem toktok long naba 33 anniversary blong Guadalcanal 2nd Appointed Day long yestede.

Mr Veke hem se divelopment long provins insaet long 33 years ia, hemi slou, bat progress hemi gogohet fo hapen.

Hem se hemi hapi tu long disfala fest Guadalcanal Festival we hem gogohet long Leba Beach wea hem soam olketa enikaen tradisinol weaving blong olketa long Guadalcanal.RNZI

POLYNESIA

12 ) 
http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/336466/french-polynesia-opposition-to-mining-grows

13 ) http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/336546/wallis-and-futuna-shops-absorb-sugar-tax-hike

14) Samoa Regulator defends “$691,500” bill

11:17 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2017, Samoa

Samoa’s Electric Power Corporation (EPC) has to pay the Office of the Regulator more than half a million tala to regulate license fees for the electricity sector.

The Regulator charges similar fees to regulate license fees for the telecommunication and broadcasting sectors.

According to documents obtained by the Samoa Observer, the Office of the Regulator’s fee for the EPC this year alone is $691,500 (US$281,290).

The figure was disclosed during a discussion with members of the business community during a recent presentation by the EPC

Contacted for a comment, the EPC’s General Manager, Tologatā Tile Tuimaleali’ifano, declined to comment.

The Regulator, Lefaoali’i Unutoa Auelua-Fonoti, would not deny or confirm the amount.

But she explained that her Office is merely following the fee structure under the law.

“Pursuant to the Electricity Act 2010 (“the Act”), Section 54 allows for the Head of State to set Regulations for licence fees under the Electricity Sector,” she wrote in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

“The Electricity Fees Regulations 2017 was signed by the Head of State on 20th March 2017.

“This regulation sets out the fees charged by the Office of the Regulator as per the Act. Same applications of license fees are applied to other Regulated Services like Telecommunications and Broadcasting as per requirements of their respective Acts.”

In relation to EPC, Lefaoali’i said under the Regulations, they charge them an annual fee of 0.5per cent based on their gross revenue from electricity sales.

“These fees have been consulted with the Independent Power Producers (IPP) as well as EPC as required before the Regulations came into force,” the Regulator explained.

“We cannot confirm the amount as mentioned because we have not yet received all the necessary financial information already requested that is needed from EPC to calculate the relevant fees.

“The purpose of these fees is to cover operations of my Office in including carrying out Tariff Review, Public Consultations, monitoring and enforcement, Research and Development and regulating the Electricity Sector.

“My office can only charge fees that are set out in the Regulations, we cannot over charge or undercharge fees that contradict what has been set out by law.

SOURCE: SAMOA OBSERVER/PACNEWS

MICRONESIA


15 ) http://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/pacific-beat/2017-08-04/northern-marianna-islands-look-to-revive/8775784

16 ) http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/336488/propane-leak-at-nauru-port

17) Nauru Protest Defendants Say Judge Decision Is Vindication

Submitted by PIR Editor on Thu, 08/03/2017 – 09:43

Charges follow an anti-government protest at parliament in 201 which the government charactizes as a riot

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 03, 2017) – A former Nauru cabinet minister who is one of 16 people facing charges over a protest says the government’s decision to have the case heard by an Australian judge vindicates their stand over interference in the judiciary.

The Nauru justice minister, David Adeang, told parliament that the case would be complex and needed an outside judge.

The charges follow an anti-government protest at parliament in 2015, which the government charactises as a riot.

Mr Adeang said it was not a slight on the Nauru judiciary but an attempt to avoid suggestions of political interference or bias.

But Mathew Batsiua said the move vindicates what the defendants and their lawyers have been saying for months.

“Which is that the Nauru judiciary has been compromised by the frequent interference and intimidation by the government, in particular the minister, so much so that the new lawyers that the government has brought in for our trial must have advised them that the only tenable position is for the case to be handled by an independent judge from Australia,” he said.

Radio New Zealand International

AUSTRALIA

18 ) http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-08-06/garma-indigenous-leaders-tell-audiences-not-to-lose-hope-in-wake-of-pms-address/1691610

19 ) http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-08-06/nick-xenophon-calls-for-jail-terms-for-banking-bosses-complicit-in-money-laundering/1691632

NEW ZEALAND

20)  NZ trade negotiator confident of PACER Plus 

New Zealand’s chief negotiator for the regional trade agreement, PACER Plus, says she’s confident more countries will soon sign the agreement.

The deal was signed in June, but three of the region’s largest countries – Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Vanuatu – refused to join, saying it would harm their economies and was imbalanced towards Australia and New Zealand.

The negotiator, Tessa Te Mata, said PACER Plus was about building on existing regional trade agreements and adding to the dynamism, economic integration and trade in the region.

She said the countries that refused to join needed to work out how PACER Plus would work for them and what they wanted from it.

Ms Te Mata said she was confident the agreement’s ten signatories would soon be joined by others.

“The fact that eight of the Forum Island countries have already signed up, that four more are going through their domestic approval processes says that, you know, the agreement is clearly something of benefit to the region.” 7/8/17 RNZI

21 ) http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/336520/nz-research-ship-flares-vanuatu-france-border-dispute

ASIA


22) 77 fraud suspects flown from Fiji to China

Seventy-seven people, said to be suspects in a massive online fraud syndicate, have been rounded up in Fiji and flown to China.

Chinese state media said the suspects were part of an online gambling gang that operated from China, Indonesia and Fiji.

No statement has been made by authorities in Fiji, but pictures show the suspects were hooded and herded onto a chartered flight amid high security last week.

It is not clear if there was any formal extradition process.

Xinhua claims the suspects are involved in more than 50 cases involving close to $US900,000 that targeted victims in mainland China.

It said Chinese police sent a team to Fiji on 2 July, and the suspects were arrested on 18 July in raids that destroyed five dens and saw mobile phones, computers, bank cards and other equipment confiscated.6 August 2017.http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/336583/77-fraud-suspects-flown-from-fiji-to-china

WORLD

23 ) http://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/pacific-beat/2017-08-04/eu-and-pacific-discuss-new-relationship/8773726

HEALTH

24) Clinics, aerobics fight off NCDs

Sikeli Qounadovu
Monday, August 07, 2017

IT will not take only government neither the Ministry of Health nor private organisations to combat non-communicable diseases.

It will take the desire and efforts of each and every one.

Lifestyle disease has crippled society, some have had to give up certain things or make sacrifice in order to look after a loved one bedridden as a result of NCDs. For others they have had to go on with life after losing their loved ones to these diseases.

It is death that can be avoided, diseases that can be prevented but it all depends on the choices we make, the choice of living a happy and healthy lifestyle.

For everyone has the freedom to choose but no one has the freedom to choose the consequences of the choices they make.

NCD is the leading cause of morbidity, disability and mortality in Fiji with relatively early age of cardiovascular deaths.

According to the Ministry of Health (MoH), this group of diseases, with lifelong disabilities and devastating complications is of great burden particularly to the MOH, as well as the community and the nation as a whole.

Research has seen that more women are likely to become obese as compared with men.

In what was never the case, Naitasiri, one of the most fertile provinces in the country, is now on the verge of a health crisis with more women suffering from lifestyle diseases.

The 2016 statistics released by the Health Ministry from the four health centres in the province revealed that 486 men are suffering from NCD as compared with 746 women. Of this figure, 60 men and 593 women are suffering from hypertension, while 46 men and 122 women are suffering from both hypertension and diabetes.

The Fiji Volleyball Federation, in conjunction with the Australian Government, is working closely with the ministry of health and villages in the province in trying to combat NCD.

“Findings from the Fiji NCD STEPS Survey conducted in 2002 found that females in Fiji were by far more obese than males, with indigenous Fijians almost doubling the rate of obesity compared with Fijians of Indian descent.

“The Fiji Volleyball Federation (FVF) is embarking on a program that aims to get women physically active in an effort to reduce the risk factors of NCDs. The initiative is part of the Australian Government’s Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP) program funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Australian Aid program and managed by the Australian Sports Commission.

“PSP is supporting the Volleyball Australia and Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association to build the capacity of the Fiji Volleyball Federation (FVF) to conduct quality sport for development programs,” said FVF official Semaima Lagilagi.

Over the past three weeks, officials from the FVF have been conducting health and fitness programs in the province of Naitasiri.

“The team has been working with two villages, Naqali and Naluwai, for the last three weeks,” she said.

“The villagers are required to undergo a basic screening at the beginning of the program and at the end to monitor their health and physical activity levels.

“The response that we have received has been very positive.

“The villagers, precisely the women, really enjoyed the program and most of them have recommended that we visit them again.”http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=411755

EDUCATION


25 ) http://dailypost.vu/news/chinese-government-scholarship-awarding-ceremony/article_df2407d9-584f-5d25-9b1f-39dda3a97e52.html
POLITIC

26) ‘People taking political position’

Nasik Swami
Monday, August 07, 2017-Fijitimes

SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Sitiveni Rabuka says the August results of the Tebbutt-Times poll indicates that as the country moves closer to the election in 2018, more people are becoming interested in politics.

Responding to the results of the poll where Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama polled a popularity rating of 49 per cent, Mr Rabuka said people were moving from the undecided camp to make a choice.

For more on this story, please pick up a copy of today’s edition of The Fiji Times newspaper or subscribe to our E-Edition.

27 ) http://dailypost.vu/news/gov-t-agencies-under-first-government-rti-order/article_7f5db93e-7563-5625-a5ed-1723e984ef4c.html

28) Abel the big mover in new PNG cabinet4 August 2017 

Alotau’s MP Charles Abel has been promoted in a new caretaker cabinet announced by Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

Mr O’Neill was elected as prime minister again two days ago in the first sitting of the 10th parliament.

He has subsequently appointed a caretaker seven-man cabinet featuring Mr Abel as his deputy prime minister.

The Alotau MP, who is from Mr O’Neill’s People’s National Congress party, has also been appointed Minister for Treasury, Forestry, Civil Aviation, Sports and APEC and Lands and Physical Planning.

The cabinet gives an indication of the look of the National Executive Council Mr O’Neill will appoint at a later date, and features a return to the front bench of several of his senior political allies.

Mt Hagen MP and United Resources Party Leader , William Duma has his hands back on the Petroleum and Energy portfolio.

For the time being Mr Duma will also handle Housing and Urbanisation, Public Enterprise and State Investments, Transport, Agriculture and Livestock.

Abau MP, and PNC member, Sir Puka Temu has been tasked with overseeing ministries of Public Sector, Education, Health, Higher Education, Science and Technology.

Another PNC MP, Tari MP James Marape is again responsible for Finance, as well as Fisheries, Works, Police and Attorney General and Justice.

The PNC supplies another minister with Richard Maru back overseeing the Trade Commerce and Industry portfolio. He’s also tasked with the National Planning Ministry, Labour and Industrial Relations, Communication and Information Technology.

Rimbink Pato will again oversee Foreign Affairs and Immigration, as well as Correctional Services, Defence, Community Development, Youth and Religion.

Mr O’Neill is also responsible for Bougainville Affairs.

A relative newcomer, Johnson Tuke is the Minister of Mining. Mr O’Neill is responsible for Bougainville Affairs.

The care taker cabinet team was sworn in by the Governor General Bob Dadae.http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/336474/abel-the-big-mover-in-new-png-cabinet

29) UN outlines effect of no woman MP in PNG Parliament

11:07 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2017, Papua New Guinea

The fact that no woman has been elected to Papua New Guinea parliament in the general election means that 50 per cent of the population is not represented in the nation’s legislative body, a United Nations official says.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) assistant resident representative (governance) Julie Bukikun said it was the first time in 25 years that no woman was elected.

There were three in the previous parliament.

“Since 1975, we’ve had a mixed level of representation,” she said.

“But we’ve only had seven women elected to Parliament.

“This is very important because the need for balanced decision-making is important to any country’s development.”

Of the 3332 candidates who contested the general election, 167 were women.

Rufina Peter, who contested the Central regional seat, said the biggest challenge was that politics was reserved for men and that women were not equipped to be effective political leaders.

She said the current political culture promoted corrupt practices particularly the buying of votes by some candidates.

“The government and development partners need to look at a well-planned and comprehensive intervention package to create a level playing field for women in PNG politics,” Peter said.

Registry of Political Parties director Emmanuel Pok told The National the three female MPs failed to retain their seats possibly because of their party-hopping.

Loujaya Kouza (Lae), Delilah Gore (Sohe) and Julie Soso (Eastern Highlands) won their seats during the 2012 general election but they changed their parties after being elected.

“The indications we received were that they changed parties and the consistency in their engagement with their electorate and people,” Pok said.

Pok said called on women to give female candidates their support.

Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea Caretaker deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel says being elevated to that position is an honour for him and the people of Milne Bay.

After his swearing in at Government House, he said he was ready to meet the challenges ahead.

“I’m so humble and I am going to dedicate myself as I always do to serve all the people of PNG,” he said.

“There are many challenges ahead of us but I believe we got a good team and a hardworking PM. We just want to form a good team around him.”

Abel said the government would continue to build on the many good policies it had already started and make improvements. “I thank and honour the good Lord for this and I will continue to work for the people of this beautiful country.”

Abel is a third-term MP for Alotau and a member of the ruling People’s National Congress party.

He is in charge of Treasury, Forestry, Civil Aviation, Sports and APEC, and Lands and Physical Planning.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS

30) PNG PM Announces 7 Man Caretaker Cabinet

Submitted by PIR Editor on Thu, 08/03/2017 – 10:17

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will be in charge of Bougainville Affairs until the full Cabinet appointments are announced before the first Parliament session this month

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, August 4, 2017) – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill yesterday announced a seven-man caretaker Cabinet, promising to name his full list of ministers before the first Parliament sitting on August 22.

Ruling People’s National Congress Party’s Alotau MP Charles Abel is Deputy Prime Minister and also Minister responsible for Treasury, Forestry, Civil Aviation, Sports and APEC, and Lands and Physical Planning.

United Resource Party Leader and Hagen Open MP William Duma takes over Petroleum and Energy and is also in charge of Housing and Urbanisation, Public Enterprise and State Investments, Transport, Agriculture and Livestock.

Another ruling PNC Party man, Abau MP Sir Puka Temu maintains Public Service as well as Education, Health and Higher Education, Research Science and Technology.

James Marape is responsible for Finance, Fisheries, Police, Works, Attorney-General and Justice.

Richard Maru, another PNC party member for Yangoru-Saussia, takes charge of National Planning and Monitoring, Labour and Industrial Relations, Trade, Commerce and Industry, and Communication and Information Technology.

United Party’s Wapenamanda MP Rimbink Pato maintains Foreign Affairs and Immigration together with Correctional Services, Defence, Community Development, Youth and Religion.

And a new minister, who is also the new deputy leader of the People’s Progress Party Johnson Tuke, the Kainantu MP, will be in charge of Mining, Culture, Arts and Tourism, Provincial Affairs, Environment, Conservation and Climate Change.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will be in charge of Bougainville Affairs until the full Cabinet appointments are announced before the first Parliament session this month.

All seven were sworn in at Government House by Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae late yesterday afternoon.

At the news conference at Government House later, Mr O’Neill said that as a coalition, it was important for him to ensure a fair representation of various political parties and views.

“Let me take this opportunity to thank the newly sworn ministers of the State who are going to be the caretaker Cabinet for the next few weeks, while we prepare a full -time Cabinet in the next two weeks,” he said.

PNG Post-Courier

31) Solomon Islands government cabinet reshuffle, three ministers sacked: report


5:30 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2017, Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has terminated three of his ministers in a major Cabinet shake-up that will also see a number of ministerial changes in the coming days.

Axed are Minister of Infrastructure Development (MID) Jimmy Lusibaea, Minister of Environment and Conservation Samuel Manetoali and Minister of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification David Dei Pacha.

Government sources last night said their replacements are Bradley Tovosia going in for Pacha, Stanley Sofu taking over from Lusibaea and Augustine Auga to replace Manetoali.

Solomon star sources further disclosed other major changes see Minister of Finance Snyder Rini being replaced by John Maneiaru. Rini moves to the Fisheries Ministry.

Elijah Doromuala Commerce Minister is taking over from the Justice Ministry. William Marau has been assigned to the Commerce Ministry.

The source further revealed the Lands Minister Moses Garu is set to replace Sofu as the Police Minister.

Minister of Education and Human Resources Dr John Moffat Fugui is also facing a reshuffle.

He is being replaced the Minister of Public Service John Dean Kuku will be sworn in as the new Minister of Education and Human Resources today, replacing Dr Fugui.

Sources said the Minister of Health and Medical Services Dr Kaitu’u Tautai Angikimua will be the new Minister for Public Service.

They said the new Health and Lands Ministers are still being considered as there are further changes to be made to the Democratic Coalition for Change Government Cabinet line-up.

Phone calls to the Special Secretary to the Prime Minister John Muria Junior and Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office Robson Djokovic last night to confirm the sackings went unanswered.

Secretary to Caucus Robert Chris told the Solomon Star when contacted last night that he would only be able to confirm these reported changes to the DCCG Cabinet line-up today.

But he said the Prime Minister has been planning some major changes to his Cabinet line-up and would not rule out the truthfulness of the reported Cabinet line-up changes.

Sources claimed this move has been orchestrated by the Kandere Party led by Peter Boyers. The Parliamentary Wing Leader is John Maneiaru.

However, sources last night warned the move might cause a rift amongst the Parties who are part of the government.

“This shakeup will put the Prime Minister in an awkward situation given the three parties who make up the government.”

The other two Parties which formed the government along with Kandere Party are United Democratic Party (UDP) and Peoples Alliance Party (PAP).

UDP is led by Sir Tommy Chan as president while its Parliamentary Wing Leader is Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Sir Nathaniel Waena heads the PAP and its Parliamentary Wing Leader is Milner Tozaka.

Lusibaea has been an Independent Member before joining the government during a recent political wrangling.

The news of the termination and reshuffling has stirred a lot of discussions via the social media last night amongst concern citizens.

Many have expressed concern over the situation affecting the government

SOURCE: SOLOMON STAR/PACNEWS

MEDIA

32) Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s GoldFM and Radio Fiji One to use AM network

11:14 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2017, Fiji

The newly revamped Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) AM radio network will transmit Radio Fiji One and Gold FM frequencies to the whole of Fiji inclusive of the Lau Group.

FBC Chief Executive, Riyaz Sayed-Khiyum says the AM radio service has deteriorated over the last decade but now with the close collaboration of the Fijian and the Japanese government, the service will be up and running by next week

“In fact we lost one of the transmitters six years ago and that was when we switched off Radio Fiji 2 and that was the Hindi service on AM but we were very pleased at that time, we still are, because although we had switched off Radio Fiji 2 service on AM ,we did not get a single complain from anyone who are Hindi radio listeners, that indicated to us that Radio Fiji 2 service was adequately been covered through FM. We have decided to continue with Radio Fiji One for obvious reasons but instead of Radio Fiji 2 we will be putting Gold on the other AM signal.”

Sayed-Khaiyum says with AM technology and infrastructure are more robust than FM infrastructure, the new service is expected to withstand future cyclones.

The official opening of the new AM site at Naulu outside Suva will be done by the Prime Minister next Friday.

Bainimarama this week said other services that will be offered by his Government include the transmission of AM radio services through government’s national broadcaster, FBC, to expand the AM radio network to cover 100 per cent of Fiji.

“Next week, I will launch our AM radio services through our national broadcaster, FBC, to expand our AM radio network to cover 100 per cent of Fiji. That means Radio Fiji One, Radio Fiji Two and Gold stations will be transmitted at all hours of the day on AM frequencies to the Lau Group – bringing regular programmes, information on Government services and initiatives, and critical emergency information in times of crises.

“The big benefit is that AM radio infrastructure is far more resilient to severe weather than the FM systems. So if – God, forbid – another severe weather system strikes in the Lau Group, we will have a better chance of relaying disaster-related information that can ready your communities and, ultimately, save lives.

“By December of this year, you will have access to free-to-air digital television. Through digital television, you will not only have access to 5 free-to-air channels but also educational programmes through the Ministry of Education, Agriculture and other relevant community services. Watching these channels will be at no cost to you.

People in the islands will also be updated on regular programmes, information on Government services and initiatives, and critical emergency information in times of crises,” said Bainimarama.

SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS

BUSINESS

33 ) http://dailypost.vu/news/upper-airspace-revenue-increase/article_6c004671-0e3c-512f-88b4-072f8f484475.html

34) ANZ major sponsor of Fiji Business Forum 2017

11:17 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2017, Fiji

NZ today announced support for the Fiji Business Forum 2017 being held on Saturday 5 August at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

The Fiji Business Forum, organised by the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is a major gathering of key business minds from across Fiji’s private and public sectors to discuss ways to improve Fiji’s business environment.

ANZ Fiji Country Head, Saud Minam, said: “ANZ is delighted be supporting this event, as we believe that the Fiji Business Forum is an important conduit for public-private partnerships and engagement.

“ANZ is supportive of continuously looking at ways of making Fiji an easier and more attractive place to do business, including through important forums such as this.”..

SOURCE: ANZ/PACNEWS

35 ) http://www.thenational.com.pg/kina-scores-new-banking-partner/

LAW&ORDER

36 ) http://dailypost.vu/news/stop-killing-tahi/article_58902fc5-7909-5430-ac67-778d5e8cca5c.html

37 ) http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/336490/alleged-cocaine-smugglers-to-be-tried-in-new-caledonia

CLIMATE CHANGE,CONSERVATION

38 ) http://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/pacific-beat/2017-08-07/pngs-exotic-bird-population-endures-despite/8780438

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http://dailypost.vu/news/coastal-vegetation-eroding-fast/article_91d1d5bf-3fc7-5b65-b1d4-52828405ed57.html

40) Climate change a non-negotiable issue, Fiji Youth Minister stress at CYM Meetin
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5:19 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2017, Uganda

The future prospects of Fijian and Pacific youths against the threat of climate change dominated remarks made by Fijian Minister for Youth and Sports at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting in Kampala, Uganda.

Laisenia Tuitubou is leading Fiji’s delegation to this meeting where he highlighted the vulnerability of the youth in the region as a result of the impacts of climate change.

“Climate change is a threat to the region and it will kill us if we do not act now,” said Tuitubou. “Our youths are vulnerable and their future looks bleak”, Minister Tuitubou told delegates and participants from 35 commonwealth countries.

He stressed that climate change is not only a threat to Pacific islanders but also an issue that is non-negotiable for the region.

“Climate change issues and intervention is our demand and we need to address this collectively as we in the Pacific suffer the results of climate change caused by developed countries,” said Tuitubou.

He pointed out that Fiji has offered permanent refuge to Pacific islanders in Tuvalu and Kiribati as they face the serious threats of rising sea levels.

The Ministry’s permanent secretary, Alison Burchell is accompanying the Minister and said that he “also presented the trends within the Pacific in relation to youth development.”

“The Minister was supported in this by delegations from Samoa and Tuvalu,” said Burchell.

The Minister presented alongside Alain Sibenaler, Country Director for UNFPA in Uganda and Dr Shri Biden, Minister for Youth and Sports from Bangladesh.

“Hon Tuitubou highlighted common issues affecting the Pacific including unemployment and underemployment, the need to align formal and non-formal education to meet the skills deficit required to expand the economy and absorb young people into decent jobs, the challenges being addressed to include greater numbers of women and persons with disabilities as well as challenges in health and anti-social behaviour,” said Burchell.

Burchell also said that the first day of the Ministers’ meeting centred on “cooperation across the public, private and NGO sector to better coordinate services and delivery ensuring greater efficiency and effectiveness and achieve a significant impact.

The Commonwealth represents 1.2 billion youth across 52 countries.

SOURCE: DEPTFO NEWS/PACNEWS

MINING,FORESTRY,AGRICULTURE,FISHERIES

41 ) http://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/pacific-beat/2017-08-04/coffee-company-seeks-to-return-more-profit-to-png/8775892

42) Millions lost in Bauxite shipment in Solomon Islands
11:12 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2017, Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands is losing millions on its direct shipment of ore from the bauxite mining in Rennell-Bellona Province, Member of Parliament for Maringe-Kokota, Calwick Togamana told Parliament.

”I did mention about 60,000 tones of ore exported, we only have about 4-million Solomon dollars and then you share that; six percent goes to royalties and then the rest belongs to the company,” he said.

“Maybe about 350,000 plus; then you take out three percent for the Government and the share the remaining three percent to landowners as well as resource owners, which is a very small amount of money.”

But Dr Togamana said the country could fetch hundreds of millions if the raw minerals are processed onshore.

He said if the country does onshore processing of the bauxite, it can produce aluminium oxide and sell it; which could fetch SBD$190 million (US$25 million) or more than that in Solomon dollars.

Dr Togamana also said if the country does go further in processing the ore, it could export that and could fetch more than SBD$200 million (US$25.7 million)

He suggested the country should have proper policies in place to safeguard its mineral resources for the future.

SOURCE: SIBC/PACNEWS

43) Nations will start talks to protect fish of the high seas

11:10 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2017, United States

More than half of the world’s oceans belong to no one, which often makes their riches ripe for plunder.

Now, countries around the world have taken the first step to protect the precious resources of the high seas.

In late July, after two years of talks, diplomats at the United Nations recommended starting treaty negotiations to create marine protected areas in waters beyond national jurisdiction — and in turn, begin the high-stakes diplomatic jostling over how much to protect and how to enforce rules.

“The high seas are the biggest reserve of biodiversity on the planet,” Peter Thomson, the ambassador of Fiji and current president of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), said in an interview after the negotiations. “We can’t continue in an ungoverned way if we are concerned about protecting biodiversity and protecting marine life.”

Without a new international system to regulate all human activity on the high seas, those international waters remain “a pirate zone,” Thomson said.

Lofty ambitions, though, are likely to collide with hard-knuckled diplomatic bargaining. Some countries resist the creation of a new governing body to regulate the high seas, arguing that existing regional organisations and rules are sufficient. The commercial interests are powerful.

Russian and Norwegian vessels go to the high seas for krill fishing; Japanese and Chinese vessels go there for tuna. India and China are exploring the seabed in international waters for valuable minerals. Many countries are loath to adopt new rules that would constrain them.

And so, the negotiations need to answer critical questions. How will marine protected areas be chosen? How much of the ocean will be set aside as sanctuaries? Will extraction of all marine resources be prohibited from those reserves — as so-called no-take areas — or will some human activity be allowed? Not least, how will the new reserve protections be enforced?

Russia, for instance, objected to using the phrase “long term” conservation efforts in the document that came out of the latest negotiations in July, instead preferring time-bound measures. The Maldives, speaking for island nations, argued that new treaty negotiations were urgent to protect biodiversity.

Several countries, especially those that have made deals with their marine neighbors about what is allowed in their shared international waters, want regional fishing management bodies to take the lead in determining marine protected areas on the high seas. Others say a patchwork of regional bodies, usually dominated by powerful countries, is insufficient, because they tend to agree only on the least restrictive standards. The United States Mission to the United Nations declined to comment.

The new treaty negotiations could begin as early as 2018. The General Assembly, made up of 193 countries, will ultimately make the decision.

A hint of the tough diplomacy that lies ahead came last year over the creation of the world’s largest marine protected area in the international waters of the Ross Sea. Countries that belong to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, a regional organisation, agreed by consensus to designate a 600,000-square-mile area as a no-fishing zone. It took months of pressure on Moscow, including an intervention by John F. Kerry, then the United States secretary of state.

The discussions around marine protected areas on the high seas may also offer the planet a way to guard against some of the effects of global warming. There is growing scientific evidence that creating large, undisturbed sanctuaries can help marine ecosystems and coastal populations cope with climate change effects, like sea-level rise, more intense storms, shifts in the distribution of species and ocean acidification.

Not least, creating protected areas can also allow vulnerable species to spawn and migrate, including to areas where fishing is allowed.

Fishing on the high seas, often with generous government subsidies, is a multibillion-dollar industry, particularly for high-value fish like the Chilean sea bass and bluefin tuna served in luxury restaurants around the world. Ending fishing in some vulnerable parts of the high seas is more likely to affect large, well-financed trawlers. It is less likely to affect fishermen who do not have the resources to venture into the high seas, said Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine program at the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In fact, Lundin said, marine reserves could help to restore dwindling fish stocks.

High-seas fishing is not nearly as productive as it used to be. “It’s not worth the effort,” he said. “We’ve knocked out most of the catches.”

Currently, a small but growing portion of the ocean is set aside as reserves. Most of them have been designated by individual countries — the latest is off the coast of the Cook Islands, called Marae Moana — or as in the case of the Ross Sea, by groups of countries. A treaty, if and when it goes into effect, would scale up those efforts: Advocates want 30 percent of the high seas to be set aside, while the United Nations development goals, which the nations of the world have already agreed to, propose to protect at least 10 percent of international waters.

Why is such a treaty necessary? At the moment, a variety of regional agreements and international laws govern what is permitted in international waters. The countries of the North Atlantic must agree, by consensus, on what is allowed in the high seas in their region, for instance, while the International Seabed Authority regulates what is allowed on the seabed in international waters, but not much more.

That patchwork, conservationists argue, has left the high seas open to pillage. Enforcement is weak. Elizabeth Wilson, a project director at the Pew Charitable Trusts, wrote in a recent paper that they “lack the coordination to protect and conserve their immense but fragile biodiversity.”

Pew offers a list of fragile high-seas ecosystems that should be protected. At the top of the list is the Sargasso Sea in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which is under increasing pressure from fishing trawlers, Wilson writes, and home to 100 species of invertebrates, 280 species of fish and 23 types of birds.

SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES/PACNEWS

WOMAN,YOUTH,CHILD


44) Air Niugini recognises woman employee


5:32 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2017, Papua New Guinea

Air Niugini has appointed a female general manager to manage one of its new subsidiaries-Property and Facilities.

Bonai Pepena Wala is from Paramana, Central province and Logeia Island in Milne Bay province.

Wala has worked in several capacities at Air Niugini for the last 24 years.

Prior to her new appointment she was the human resource manager, change management.

Air Niugini chief executive officer, Simon Foo in welcoming Wala to her new role, said the appointment was based on merit not gender and he was confident of her leadership.

“With 24 year of experience working in an airline industry and with vast knowledge in the areas of asset management and inventory, financial accounting, board and management reporting, revenue accounting, treasury, special projects and human resource toppled with eleven years of management experience, we are very confident of Bonai’s appointment.”

He said Air Niugini continues to promote gender equality in the workplace and Wala’s appointment as the general manager is a result of that.

Wala acknowledged the board and management of Air Niugini for the trust and confidence in her stating she was ready to take up the challenge.

“Eleven years of holding respective management roles has prepared me well in terms of balancing work and family life. I am dedicated and committed to the new role I am entrusted with,” she said.

The property and facilities subsidiary will be responsible for managing all Air Niugini’s property assets both commercial and residential with a view to growing the portfolio to maximise revenue, delivering appropriate secure and cost effective property assets for Air Niugini

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS

SPORT

45) ‘Prepare now’

Fasanoc Media
Monday, August 07, 2017

ATHLETES hoping to make the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu or the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, are encouraged to participate at the 2017 Fiji Games.

FASANOC vice-president Cathy Wong said the Fiji Games would be used as a trial for many of the sports that would be participating at the games in Vanuatu and the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

“We expect a strong competition in this year’s event with the presence of athletes vying for places for the mini games or the Commonwealth Games,” she said.

Wong said the Fiji Games was an opportunity for sports administrators and technical officials to improve their organisation skills in competitions and athletes.

“It is an opportunity to provide sports and districts the chance to train their officials in team management and coaching.” She said sports that would be featured in the Fiji Games included athletics, badminton, baseball, beach volleyball, billiard and snooker, bodybuilding, darts, hockey, karate, swimming, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, touch rugby, volleyball and weightlifting.

Districts competing include Suva, Serua, Nadroga, Namosi, Nadi,Lautoka, Ba, Tavua, Rakiraki, Tailevu, Nausori, Nasinu, Naitasiri, Levuka, Kadavu, Labasa, Taveuni and Sauvsavu.Read more – http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=411786

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50) Tahiti ready for the Cooks, Battle for the Cup is on!

11:31 pm GMT+12, 03/08/2017, Cook Islands

Tahiti is all set for this Friday’s battle against the Cook Islands at BCI Stadium.

Anania Tunui, the captain of the Tahitian rugby team, acknowledged that his team, filled mainly with players from Tahiti and France, were the underdogs.

“We know that it will be a tough, very complicated game. I’ve already played the Cook Islands twice, where the first time they scored over 90 points. We did score, but it was a very heavy loss.

“The second time we lost again, but it was much closer, we only lost by about 30. We know here in the Cook Islands on the national holiday it will be a very hard game.”

Knowing that the home crowd will be fired up, Tunui know that they can’t give the Cook Islands too many advantages.

“We know that we can’t give too many opportunities to the Cook Islanders, but if we play to our maximum ability and show consistency, maybe we can do something. The objective is not to keep the game close.

“First it’s about the mentality of the guys here. We need to show that we deserve to represent Tahiti.

“Maybe we will try to get the fans on our side. But first we need to do well in the fundamentals.”

Meanwhile, It’s been a week of merrymaking in the Cook Islands and the national XVs team wants to end it on a high when they take on Tahiti in the Oceania Cup challenge tomorrow.

The match which will serve as the Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifier will kick off at 3pm at the BCI Stadium in Nikao.

Both teams are promising fireworks in the battle which is expected to bring Rarotonga to a standstill.

Cook Islands skipper Francis Smith is hoping to pick some inspiration from this week’s festive season heading into the crunch battle.

He knows the importance of this match and the opportunities it will open up for the local players, if they win.

“This is a big stepping stone for us towards the World Cup but we are focused on this particular game. Winning this can do a lot of things for the future of the game and future of rugby in the Cook Islands,” said Smith, the former Tasman Makos player.

“As a nation, this match is very important for about 20,000 people who live on the island. I know Tahiti is trying to claim the underdog status but there are 200,000 of them in Tahiti and millions of them around the world so I think we are the underdogs in this match.

“The boys have trained hard for this and it’s always good to play at home. We have a lot to show on Friday.”

On paper, Cook Islands is favoured to win given their past record against Tahiti which has improved significantly over the years.

And Tahiti captain Tunui Anania hopes to carry on that momentum they have set in the past two Oceania Cup.

“For us, it’s important to play a good game on Friday. We had a sketchy start in 2013 but managed to win two games in 2015 and we want to continue to grow up and show that Tahiti is capable as well,” Anania said.

Tahiti will have the services of eight France-based players and Anania hopes they will lead by example in the do-or-die battle against the home team.

He said lack of preparation time was a factor but they managed to get some tough sessions together since arriving into Rarotonga last weekend.

“When we played the Cook Islands in 2006, we lost by 100 points but that doesn’t matter now. We know Cook Islands are better and have players who have played together longer than us. We have a lot younger players who wants to do their best.”

Smith is calling on Cook Islanders to turn up in a sea of green and help the team achieve their goal of making it through to the second stage of the RWC qualifiers.

He said the team have prepared well and were ready to fight tooth and nail for victory tomorrow.

“There is a brotherhood between us and them but when we cross the line, everything changes,” said the national team flanker.

“They have improved a lot since 2006 and the French influence has surely helped them improve their rugby. It will be a tight game and a good matchup between the two teams.”

Tickets are selling at $5 for adults and $2 for children under-16. The starting line-up will be announced later today.

SOURCE: COOK ISLANDS NEWS/PACNEWS

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