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NOOSA The sudden death last week of one of Papua New Guineas best known entertainers has both saddened the nation and raised the hot issue of how PNG treats its gay community.
Moses Tau died soon after collapsing at Port Moresbys Lamana Hotel, triggering an overwhelming response as thousands of messages of condolence inundated the social media.
The Post-Courier newspaper noted perceptively that Tau had made a place for the gay community in PNG by forcing this place through his music and performances.
Government minister Justin Tkatchenko wrote on his Facebook page describing the singer as vibrant and a true showman.
I have lost a wonderful friend who supported me without fear or favour and was so loved and admired by our people. He put fun and joy into our lives, Tkatchenko said.
Joycelin Leahy observed in her Tribal Mystic blog:
From simple beginnings, this very colourful and dangerously outrageous talent started a music career. Little did Papua New Guineans truly understand what Moses was up to. Many ridiculed and laughed at Moses rhythmic hip pulsating dance movements and high pitched feminine voice which quickly became recognised and loved not only in PNG but across the Pacific islands.
When Moses stepped on stage, a new era was born in a country closed to gay rights, dominated by men and the ruled by the cultural Melanesian big man mentality.
Tau himself once said:
It is a very difficult thing in PNG to show your sexuality is very scary, because it is not an accepted thing in PNG. I just want to do what I have and who I am. I also did it not for myself but for the suffering of we people through many years ago.
And I told my friends: look, Ill try it out, if I fail I fail. If I go through it with success, we will all benefit. So Im targeting to educate the people of this nation to really know that theres gays living in Papua New Guinea. So I did it. I went through it. It was very painful.
American law professor Ryan Goodman wrote of Taus emergence:
By the late 1990s, gays were well and truly stigmatised in PNG, That was when a gay Motuan gospel singer from Central Province a...
CHUAVE - The government component of TFFE (tuition fee free education) to schools in Papua New Guinea has been slashed to only 50%.
TFFE subsidies are released to schools each term and are supposed to cover the actual cost of running a school for ten weeks.
The actual school fee per student is divided into two segments: lower secondary (Grades 9 and 10) and upper secondary (Grades 11 and 12). Lower secondary students were allocated K1,300 for 2018 and upper secondary K1,600.
The Education Department under the ministry of Nick Kuman adopted the concept last year. But it was not effectively executed. There was a large amount cut from the money supposed to be paid to schools.
Most people, particularly parents living in remote areas and below the poverty line in urban areas, concluded there is a loophole whereby funds have been diverted to other stakeholders. Whatever the actual policy is now, it has not been made known to schools around the country.
There has been no effective survey to analyse the real cost of running schools, but the new slash funds policy was drafted and accepted for implementation within the Education Department.
How will remote schools in PNG like Karimui, Kairiru Island, Jimi and Telefomin manage to keep their schools open if the cost is triple that of running schools in a city or town?
Mai High School, located on the outskirts of Kundiawa, has 450 student in Grades 9 and 10. For Term 1 this year it received of K61,960.
According to the calculation of K1,300 per student, it was supposed to receive more than twice that - K127,125.
The governing council and the school administration asked the provincial education authority to find out why half of the money had vanished. The question was in vain. No answer was forthcoming.
Then in Term 2, the school received only K25,000. Another slash of K36,960, much less than one-third of what was budgeted.
Why is the gove...
PAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economics
CANBERRA - The yawning chasm between Papua New Guineas liquefied natural gas (LNG) benefit predictions and its adverse impacts on the PNG economy has little to do with the fall in oil prices. Claiming so is a poor and inaccurate defence.
The PNG LNG modelling done in 2008 accurately predicted export sales revenues for 2015 and 2016. While oil prices were some 25% below the models mid-case scenario, this was fully offset by actual LNG production being some 25% higher than 2008 expectations.
Price falls were matched by production increases sales revenues were as predicted. As the marginal cost of production is low (most costs of LNG production relate to the high initial capital costs), sales revenue is the driver for expected benefits.
Export sales of petroleum products increased by almost exactly the predicted 440% from K2 billion in 2013 to K11 billion in 2016. So the failure of the PNG LNG to deliver benefits as predicated has little to do with the fall in oil prices in 2014.
Of course oil prices did fall from over $US100 per barrel in 2013 to under $US30 per barrel (for a very short time early in 2016). And of course, it would have been really nice for the PNG LNG project and government revenues if the price stayed at $US100 per barrel although less so for PNG motorists.
However, as stated by the chair of Oil Search at the recent annual general meeting, there is a need for a long-term perspective on projects such as PNG LNG which operate for decades.
This long-term perspective is that oil prices from 1980 to 2017 have averaged just over $US40 per barrel considerably lower than the 2015 to 2017 average of $US50 per barrel. Oil prices had jumped strongly upwards in the 2000s, but it w...
Exploring the endocrine activity of air pollutants associated with unconventional oil and gas extraction
Authors: Ashley L. Bolden, Kim Schultz, Katherine E. Pelch and Carol F. Kwiatkowski
Environmental Health201817:26 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12940-018-0368-z
Manuscript Received: 4 September 2017; Accepted: 20 February 2018; Published: 21 March 2018
In the last decade unconventional oil and gas (UOG) extraction has rapidly proliferated throughout the United States (US) and the world. This occurred largely because of the development of directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing which allows access to fossil fuels from geologic formations that were previously not cost effective to pursue. This process is known to use greater than 1,000 chemicals such as solvents, surfactants, detergents, and biocides. In addition, a complex mixture of chemicals, including heavy metals, naturally-occurring radioactive chemicals, and organic compounds are released from the formations and can enter air and water. Compounds associated with UOG activity have been linked to adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes in humans and laboratory animal models, which is possibly due to the presence of endocrine active chemicals.
Using systematic methods, electronic searches of PubMed and Web of Science were conducted to identify studies that measured chemicals in air near sites of UOG activity. Records were screened by title and abstract, relevant articles then underwent full text review, and data were extracted from the studies. A list of chemicals detected near UOG sites was generated. Then, the potential endocrine activity of the most frequently detected chemicals was explored via searches of literature from PubMed.
Evaluation of 48 studies that sampled air near sites of UOG activity identified 106 chemicals detected in two or more studies. Ethane, benzene and n-pentane were the top three most frequently detected. Twenty-one chemicals have been shown to have endocrine activity including estrogenic and androgenic activity and the ability to alter steroidogenesis. Literature also suggested that some of the air pollutants may affect reproduction, development, and neurophysiological function, all endpoints which can be modulated by hormones. These chemicals included aromatics (i.e., benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene), several polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and mercury.
These results provide a basis for prioritizing future primary studies regarding the endocrine disrupting properties of UOG air pollutants, including exposure research in wildlife and humans. Further, we recommend systematic reviews of the health impacts of exposure to specific c...
|Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Mainichi)|
Economic empowerment of women will not only help
improve the status of women in PNG but also contribute to the
country's greater economic and social future, according to NCD
Governor Powes Parkop.
"Traditionally women have been wealth creators in PNG. They are the ones who raise pigs, do the gardening apart from caring for their families. This is the strength and potential women have in PNG to improve their own lives and status, and to contribute to a greater social and economic outcome for the nation. This potential must be harnessed to make equality real and to create more wealth for the nation," he said.
Governor Parkop was speaking at a small ceremony today at Nature Park for awarding of 114 Savings Account Passbook for women from Morata who had undergone basic financial literacy training funded by NCDC at end of 2016 under program initiative by late womens champion and Commissioner of the Board of NCDC Ms Janet Sape called Givim Han Long Life.
NCDC has reaffirmed its commitment in ensuring women involving in small-to-medium businesses in the city are empowered as a pathway for helping nationals to take full or major control over the countrys economy.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop said empowerment of women on all fronts was a catalyst to fully advance the countrys development.
What makes a society, a city or nation great-for a brighter future-is by empowering their women. This is a proven pathway that is in our tradition and so we must tap or harness this to secure a better future both economically and socially. It will benefit women and the entire nation said Mr Parkop.
He reminded fellow menfolk to recognize this potential and abilities in women, and to learn to treat them as equal citizens and not as ill-perceived norms and cultures.
Many of the women receiving the passbook were illiterates and they underwent a financial literacy program that qualified then to have their passbook bank accounts opened with Womens Micro Bank.
It was facilitated by Rural and Urban Women Empowerment Foundation, a non-government organisation based at the Morata suburb.
Govenror Parkop paid tribute to late Janet Sape as a passionate and strong advocate for womens empowerment particularly economic empowerment and equality. He also thank Ms Janet Banebo the Executive Director of Urban and Rural Development Foundation for maintaining the program with the passing...
PORT MORESBY: The Papua New Guinea's successful
hosting of the international events has been attributed to the
governments investment backed by the corporate sponsors according
to a State Minister.
In his first official address today to a breakfast in Parliaments State Function Room, honorable William Samb, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Affairs of Bougainville and Sports, none of the major events staged would have taken place without this support.
He was appointed on May 9, 2018.
Just like our business houses, our government led by Prime Minister Peter O Neill recognizes the importance of sport and its role in the community, he told the breakfast attended by members of Carbine International Congress whose main focus is on sports development.
On behalf of the Prime Minister Peter O Neill and his government, Mr Samb commended them for this.
He stepped in for PM ONeill who is away in the Philippines on official engagement.
It is wonderful to know that we have like-minded executives working here in PNG, many of whom have lived here a long time that give so much of their time and funds to supporting sport.
This support ranges from junior development to international representation, he said.
He said the government invested over K1 billion to host the 9th South Pacific Game at facilities that are world class.
I am glad to hear that today you will watch our SP Hunters team play at the new Oil Search National Football Stadium that was completed through a tax credit scheme. I am sure you will have a great afternoon. All the investment by the Government and supported by the private sector is beginning to pay off, he said.
In recent years here are some of our highlights.
1. Hosting the Womens Soccer World Cup 2017 with 50 nations including North Korea Participating
2. SP Hunters win the QLD In trust Cup 2017 after only 4 years in the competition
3. Our Kummuls Rugby League team winning all 3 pool games in the Rugby League Cup in 2017 and holding England to a very respectable score in the Quarter final Success in Rugby Union in particular in the 7s format
4. Winner of the 9th South Pacific Games in 2016 hosted in PNG and including representation from Australia and NZ in selective sports for the first time Medal winning performances at the recent C...
|Prime Minister ONeill, Horie and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.|
|Prime Minister ONeill with Prime Minister Abe and Ms Akie Abe|
Trade Ministers from the APEC member economies, the worlds largest trading area, are set to convene in Port Moresby in an effort to secure the regions resurgent growth.
In focus during the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting on 25-26 May will be ways to support and improve the multilateral trading system, deepen regional economic integration and connectivity, and foster sustainable, inclusive growth through digital development. This includes promoting ICT use to deepen market access for businesses of all sizes in the region.
Trade Ministers will draw upon policy consultations now underway here by trade and sectoral officials, to conclude with a meeting of APEC Senior Officials on 23-24 May. They will also take into account the findings of the latest APEC Regional Trends Analysis to be revealed on 23 May as well as recommendations from the APEC Business Advisory Council.
We recognize how important a period this is for trade and the momentum our economies need to make progress, said Ivan Pomaleu, Papua New Guineas Ambassador to APEC and 2018 Chair of APEC Senior Officials. Our commitment to seek common ground in APEC is guided by a shared desire to improve the lives of our people.
Growth in the region continues to show encouraging signs but it is vulnerable to growing trade frictions, added Dr Alan Bollard, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat. We need to resolve trade worries, improve coordination to open digital opportunities and help reskill workers to help keep improving peoples livelihoods in the region.
Trade Ministers will consider ideas presented by scholars from the APEC Study Center Consortium as well as policy prescriptions fleshed out by APEC technical working groups. Areas of emphasis will include assisting women-led entrepreneurship and trade, fisheries and food supply chains, and free trade agreements.
Trade Ministers will also take into account a briefing from World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevdo on 25 May.
Ensuring that policy keeps up with the pace of change in the Asia-Pacific and channels innovation in sustainable and inclusive ways is a real challenge in the current environment, Dr Bollard concluded. Working together to advance practical trade solutions to continue the regions growth momentum is important for us all.
PORT MORESBY Its not always good news. Today we heard at our staff meeting at Port Moresby General Hospital that we have run out of antiretroviral (ART or HIV) medicines.
We have many thousands of HIV positive people on treatment in the National Capital District (and several more thousands around the rest of the country) and they may not have any medicine to take unless new supplies arrive in the very near future.
People on ART must take their medicine every single day: if they stop and start again they are very likely to breed resistant HIV.
This is not only bad (in fact life-threatening) for the patient, but life-threatening for everybody else in the community who might catch HIV from them.
We also don't have any syphilis test kits in the country. Syphilis used to be the commonest cause of stillbirth (babies dying inside their mothers) in our audit statistics - and after we started routine testing of all mothers coming to ante-natal clinics and treating the positives we virtually eliminated this scourge from our pregnant mums.
But now, with no test kits available, the syphilis problem will come back and many babies will die.
And this week we ran out of oxytocin, the drug that prevents women from losing too much blood when they deliver babies.
The commonest cause of death when oxytocin is not available is post-partum haemorrhage (excessive bleeding after the birth); so we are probably going to see a lot more mothers die even when they come to hospital to have a supervised birth.
And we are very short of surgical sutures - the special thread and needle that surgeons use to sew up patients during and after operations.
Every day we don't have some essential item that is critical to standard medical practice.
And the PNG government does not pay for any of the family planning commodities - pills, depo-provera, implants etc. They are all donated to us by the United Nations Population Fund and other overseas d......
SCOTT WAIDE | Asia Pacific Report
LAE - Landowning clans in here are threatening to close down five fish processing plants if the government does not review the existing agreements that govern them.
The clans, which include the Ahi and the Busulum, say they have been cheated of development benefits.
Since the agreements were signed four years ago, they have received K5,000 a year for the five portions of land they own.
The threat comes after three years of complicated wrangling with the government and the companies over landowner benefits.
If the landowners ge their way, Majestic Seafoods, Frabelle and three other fish processing factories will be forced to shut down on Tuesday.
Landowner company BUP Development is calling on the National Fisheries Authority to review the existing agreements so that they receive more in terms of landowner benefits.
After four years, it has become clear landowners got a bad deal.
The landowners are paid a total of K5,000 annually for the five land portions they leased to the companies. The deal was negotiated by the provincial administration at the start of the projects.
Apart from a K2 million premium payment made several years ago, the landowners receive little else.
They are also not party to agreements between the state and the fish processing companies.
They also do not know what the terms of the state agreement are.
The landowner company issued a seven-day notice to the government to come to Lae for negotiations.
They are demanding K20 million in compensation as well as a review of the memorandum of agreement they signed with the companies.
BRISBANE - Managing connections, exploring ideas and interpretations, refining skills or simply absorbing literary knowledge are amongst the array of reasons why writers and readers gravitate towards each other.
The shape of these meeting points differ, as does their meaning and significance.
Consider the fictional Letters Library in the young adult novel, Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley:
Customers are allowed to write in the books in the Letter Library. They can circle words that they love, highlight lines. They can leave notes in the margins, leave thoughts about the meaning of thingsthey leave whole letters and put them between pages in the booksMostly people write to strangers who love the same books as them and some stranger somewhere, writes back.
Crowleys multi-award nominated book follows the exploits of teenager Rachel Sweetie, whose experience of family grief pivots the trademark stumble from awkward adolescence to adulthood.
Rachel and best friend Henry Jones narrate their changing relationship and share the lives of the small group of dedicated writers and readers around them.
Moments in these lives are revealed through introspective notes and letters placed in the Letters Library of the Jones family-owned second-hand bookstore, Howling Books.
At last weekends inaugural Queensland LoveYA event, Cath Crowley was in conversation with fellow Australian young adult (YA) author, Steph Bowe.
Manoeuvring through a series of author-to-author questions, Crowley explained the inspiration for Howling Books as being drawn from her interconnected view of books as an implement of time travel and second-hand bookstores as a portal for communication through time and place.
And so the imaginary Letter Library was created, leaving mock letters in bookstores throughout the Victorian suburbs of Carlton and Yarraville the fictitious Howling Books bookstore as a centre for communication.
In mid-April, the Creative Industries Faculty of the Queensland University of Technology through its On the Terrace: Writers Seminar series explored ideas around defining a literary centre, its importance to a writers development and what it means for a writer on the outskirts.
|Prime Minister Peter O'Neill speaking at the end of an official State Visit to the Republic of the Philippines|
|The late Moses Tau|
Awards to recognise digital technology innovation usage by micro, small and medium enterprises
Award nominees to receive complimentary IBBM Enterprise Centre business assessment
Winners announced at ABAC MSME Summit in September
Port Moresby: ExxonMobil PNG Limited, operator of the PNG LNG Project, has announced the inaugural SME Digital Innovation Awards in partnership with the IBBM Enterprise Centre that is set to recognise achievements of Papua New Guinean businesses contributing to digital innovation.
The 2018 SME Digital Innovation Awards will be presented at the PNG APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Summit and will be focused on SMEs that utilise digital technology innovation as part of their processes, or that provide a service using technology.
Awards will be presented across three categories including micro, small and medium enterprises.
ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director Andrew Barry said ExxonMobil PNG is committed to recognising and encouraging SMEs that use technology platforms to continue evolving in an ever-growing digital world.
It is important that we, as a company, contribute to developing capacity, and assist smaller organisations to remain competitive and ensure equal participation in economic activities, Barry said. The digital innovation awards will encourage MSMEs to be creative and diversify into operational areas that utilise technology to ensure growth and sustainability across the country.
The 2018 SME Digital Innovation Awards are sponsored by ExxonMobil PNG and managed by its long-standing partner, the IBBM Enterprise Centre. Through ExxonMobil PNGs partnership with IBBM, more than 19,000 entrepreneurs and local businesses have been supported since 2010 and 32,000 training days and nearly 500 business assessments have been conducted at the Enterprise Centre.
ExxonMobil PNG continues to invest in local businesses with almost 2.3 billion Kina spent on Papua New Guinean services, including 581.6 million Kina spent with landowner companies since the start of production.
Award submissions are open to micro, small and medium businesses operating in Papua New Guinea. Each business who applies and is nominated for an award will receive a complimentary busi...
PNGs house buying market is slowly educating itself on how to
buy quality and affordable homes. Expert advice is
increasingly available from a variety of sources including banks
and insurers as well as some of the construction companies
Andrew Avenell of Port Moresby based construction company Rhodes (PNG) says its in his companys best interest to educate home buyers on what to look for in a quality home. We spend a lot of time giving people the information they need so that they can buy the right home for their family a home that will last them a lifetime. We remind them to do their homework, shop around and always check on the credentials of the builder such as whether they are licensed, registered with the IPA, properly insured and if they always use Australian Standard building materials. Very importantly we also advise people to frame their homes with high quality galvanised steel rather than wood.
Banks such as BSP have already done their own homework on many PNGs builders with quality companies like Rhodes being granted approved contractor status. Home buyers are urged to check whether the builder they choose has been similarly approved.
Another area of advice Rhodes has for home buyers relates to the ongoing costs of home ownership including building maintenance (repairs) and utilities (electricity and water). Housing affordability is not just the price paid upon purchase. Buyers are wise to choose a well-built steel framed home which will have significantly lower maintenance costs and a design that minimises energy and water costs. Options such as solar panels and water recycling are also worth considering as an increasing number of affordable options are now available.
Avenells advice on how to buy a quality family home was well received at last years Real Estate show. He has been invited back to this years show to share his expertise in Modern Building Techniques. Avenell says that its Rhodes integration of technology throughout every facet of its operations that enables it to produce high quality homes at such affordable prices. Because we are prefabrication specialists, most of our construction gets done on the factory floor rather than on the actual job site. This enables us to build quickly a quick build is a cost effective build. It also gives us maximum control over quality which means better homes for PNG families.
For more information on Rhodes homes contact them...
Sat 19 May 2018, 05:08 PM
A length-of-the-field try to Watson Boas try late in the game saw the PNG Hunters claim a home win against a spirited Central Queensland Capras side in Round 11.
Played in muggy heat, the game saw both sides struggle at times with errors compounding the energy-sapping defence for both teams.
However, the Capras started brightly with Junior Kirisome over in the far left-hand corner in the second minute.
However, the Hunters were able to hit back 10 minutes later when Rahdly Brawa able to crash in under the posts after strong run got the Hunters into attacking position. A nice pass back inside to the unmarked forward saw the crowd go up at one.
The Hunters extended their lead soon after when Edene Gebbie was over out to the far right of the field.
Neither side was able to cross again and the Hunters held a 10-4 lead at the break.
It was a close opening to the second half, and it too until just over 20 minutes left to go in the match for the defences to be breached with the Capras pushing wide to the left for Maipele Morseau bringing the scores to 10-8.
The later stages of the half showed how much both teams wanted the win but trying too hard again saw them produce too many errors.
Ase Boas produced a key play when his kick lifted and swirled in the breeze, with the Capras falling backwards when trying to catch, and it dislodged for a knock on.
The Capras pushed hard and were nearly over but the Hunters were able to hold them out and then land the knock-out blow when Watson Boas was able to read an attacking kick by the Capras with six minutes to go, picking up the ball off his toes when standing on his own try line before running away to seal the game.
|Dr Glen Mola|
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill
has paid tribute to Japanese World War II veteran, Mr Masai Horie,
who works works to recover the remains of Japanese soldiers and
bring them back to Japan.
Mr Horie, who was Prisoner of War in Rabaul in 1945, is 103 years old, has traveled to Papua New Guinea 18 times and is a former Member of Parliament in Japan.
It was an honour to meet Mr Horie tonight, PM ONeill said.
His tireless efforts to bring his countrymen home is outstanding and has earned him the highest respect in both of our countries.
"Papua New Guinea is the final resting place of so many courageous men and women from both sides of the war.
Our nation will always accord the highest respect to those still buried in our soil.
We will continue to work closely with Japan in their efforts to repatriate the remains of the fallen, and return them to their homeland."
Image: Prime Minister ONeill, Mr Horie and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
YES TO LIFE, NO TO MINING
Centre for Human Rights and Justice | May 17, 2018
Today, residents of Morne Pele in the North of Haiti and members of the Kolektif Jistis Min (Mining Justice Collective or KJM) held a press conference to share their message, Wi ak Lavi, NON ak eksplwatasyon min (yes to life, no to mining). Last month, thirteen community organizations from Morne Pele signed an open letter to local and national government authorities. The organizations represent a broad cross-section of society, including the local health center, religious groups, schools, government authorities, workers rights organizations, and farmers groups. Morne Pele, also called Morne Bossa, is the site of one of three gold mining exploitation permits in Haiti.
The letter, available below in English, Kreyl, and Spanish, states that agriculture is fundamental to the livelihood of Haitian people, and that the proposed gold mining project in Morne Pele threatens agriculture and the environment as a whole. The letter states that mining for gold may violate Haitis Constitution, which provides special protections for the degraded environme...
|PNG Salvation Army health workers undergoing their code of conduct pre-deployment briefing by Gender and Protection Specialist from UN Women PNG office, Anggie Burchhil before their deployment to the Western Province on Monday to assist the earthquake affected communities.|
|ExxonMobil PNG community development support manager Debbie Maraki with PNG Salvation Army health workers and the territorial director of health services for PNG Salvation Army, Captain Christine Gee and gender and Protection...|
This is seriously the greatest injustice of the 21st century, a source claimed last year when commenting on the massive share transfer of 122.2 million Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) shares which purportedly took place at 11.27am on the morning of the 19th of September 2013 in Singapore on the same date that the MINING (OK TEDI TENTH SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENT) ACT 2013 was certified in Port Moresby after it was passed the previous day on the 18th of September 2013 by an absolute majority in accordance with the Papua New Guinea Constitution by the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea.
The massive share transfer was effected allegedly unlawfully the day after the Independent State of Papua New Guinea had already decreed that (a) all ordinary shares held by PNGSDP in the share capital of OTML shall be cancelled and cease to exist; and (b) 122,200,000 new, fully paid ordinary shares in the share capital of OTML free of any encumbrance, charge or equitable interest shall be issued to the State.
In particular by virtue of laws contained in the Mining (Ok Tedi Tenth Supplemental Agreement) Act 2013, passed on the 18th of September 2013 by the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea in accordance with the Constitution, the Independent State of Papua New Guinea has all necessary powers to restructure PNGSDP and its operations to ensure that PNGSDP applies its funds for the exclusive benefit of the people of Western Province. BHP Billiton Ltds immunity from prosecution was also removed, and the charge (mortgage) held over the 122.2 million shares was voided.
HOWEVER, the very day after the Mining (Ok Tedi Tenth Supplemental Agreement) Act 2013 was passed and on the very day the Act was certified, an attorney by the name of Carolyn Mary Parkes at 11.27am on the morning of 19th of September 2013 purportedly effected the transfer of 122.2 million shares previously held by mining giant BHP Billiton Ltd in Ok Tedi Mining Limited by purportedly transferring 122.2 million shares from Insinger Trust (Singapore) Limited to TMF Trustees Singapore Limited in front of a witness called Lim Xue Nuo in Singapore.
[See copy of the share transfer attached]
HOOD Lagoon community in Rigo, Central Province, have welcomed the construction of a new K5 million jetty project. Work on the project began late last month. Hood Lagoon comprising of three villages of Keapara, Alukuni and Karawa were thankful of their local member and Minister for Justice and Attorney-General Ano Pala, for the initiative. They
Stability vs Justice Stability is the excuse the weak will use because they fear for themselves more then they care for others enough to demand Justice. No Ghandi didnt say that nor did Martin Luther King, I did because it is relevant here and today. You may sleep well and claim that all is fine
Media Statement by Rt Hon Sir Mekere Morauta Port Moresby 29 October 2015 Papua New Guinea needs to take urgent action to save itself from a looming economic and financial storm, former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today. Sir Mekere, an economist and former head of Treasury, the Bank of Papua New Guinea and
Many have succumbed their fate to a future of subservience and miserythey have accepted their future as designed by an uncaring and selfish Government hellbent on selling PNG to sinister foreign interests and their puppets.ask yourself Why has the Government failed to prepare for this El Nino a disaster that is costing lives every day?
The previous post generated a lot of comments at the original site at which it was posted. One of them touched on a key factor of politics in PNG. Money.
That response comment to Vergil Narokobis post has been re-posted verbatim below for the benefit of the non-FB readership.
succinctly put; although one must clearly guard against mischievous, opportunistic or politicised actions against the government of the day from within the police or any other institution, clearly the rules need to be universal, whatever ones position. So it it critical that mechanisms are not abused to circumvent due process. But this does bring one back to the question of how governments are formed in PNG and how majorities are gained and retained. Unfortunately, with little or no ideological basis for parties (as in Australia and most places) PNG has ended up with government by dint of personality, but increasingly the use of money. Would an inspiring leader like Nelson Mandela have been able to become PM in PNG if he was to remain honest and not participate in pork barrel or money politics, or would he have just been sidelined by the man with access to logging money? And lets face it this case is partly about thatthe assumption is that public funds were laundered through a law firms accounts to be able to be used by a party for gaining office for funding campaigns and winning over other parties and independentsand if that was the assumption, what were the other parties and leaders doing? similar sorts of things, using SABLs and other land allocations, logging permits, DSIP funds, RESE funds, fish or petroleum licenses, exclusive rice concessions, citizenship awards, construction or commercial contracts, trust funds etc So if this scenario has some truth, the question is, how does one halt it, and halt it across the board, so that no party or group is left with a special advantage, with exclusive access to public or other improperly-gained funds, leaving the others high and dry? how does one rid elections and post election formation of government of the current money element (from vote buy, to rigging electoral lists, to buying parties and members etc)? Many politicians would prefer that, but feel dragged into the current corrupt practices as the only way to play the gamethese are some of the challenges, and it requires active involvement by the parties themselves, think tanks etc but also the wider public to help find the solutions, as clearly the voters are widely accepting and even demanding electoral bribes (in cash or kind)
By Paul Barker
I cannot remember the last time I was here. It was certainly a long while back as I see the shelves here have been collecting dust. There were a few factors that led to this rather lengthy hiatus, but lets not get into that now.
I am here simply to re-post verbatim a commentary that I came across on Facebook for the benefit of the portion of readership out there who may not subscribe to this social media.
In any case, I feel that this man has pretty much summed up and articulated what most likely must be running through peoples mind as they try to make sense of the latest developments in Papua New Guineas rather vibrant national political stage.
Its time for Papua New Guineans to call an ace an ace and a spade a spade!
The call for the resignation by the Prime Minister is a political question, not so much a legal question. The Prime Minister, like any body who goes through the criminal justice system is innocent until proven guilty. Here are some matters the Prime Minister should consider when making that decision.
Kua was Somares lawyer in the misconduct allegations against Somare. They went through the judicial process to challenge the OC. They failed. But they fronted up at the Leadership Tribunal, went through the process, found guilty by the Tribunal, paid the fine and life goes on. Skate resigned as Prime Minister paving the way for Sir Mekere to come in an atmosphere of serious allegations leveled against him. Julius Chan resigned when public opinion against him was overwhelming in the Sandline Affair. We hold public office as custodians for the people. If they are wrong in their convictions, they stand to suffer. That is the nature of our democracy. We have nothing to lose. Its their office.
There are important national matters that the Prime Minister must attend to. There are roads to be built, hospitals to maintain, doctors to be trained, borders to be protected, investors to meet and the list goes on. If one is busy fighting a criminal matter, looking over ones shoulder when the next counter move will be made, attending a Commission of Inquiry, sacking disobedient ministers and servants of the state, how can one give their 100% level best to serve the interest of the country? Ones time and attention is divided. One cannot serve two masters. To be or not to be, that is the question.
Whilst one serve office, they enjoy the confidence of the people. If that confidence is no longer apparent in ones leadership, and we are a democracy, it is an irreconcilable position to be in and one must do the honourable thing and resign...
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There does not seem to be much change in the movement of the dial on the scale. It quivers undecided between 88kg and 89kg. Perhaps it does not want to disappoint me. But who am I trying to fool here? It has only been two days. I did not say I was on some miracle fad diet.
In any case, a digital scale would have given a more definitive reading. But I realized that this yearning for an absolute figure is not just some random desire that was borne the minute I stepped onto the scale. It is something inbuilt. Whether we realise it or not, it is that longing that ignites the urge for the absolute truth to give us that peace of mind. It is that age old desire to know.
The only truth right now is that THIS very moment is the truth, as you get bored silly reading this far, and are perhaps pondering upon the possibility that the person writing this may have gone slightly cuckoos after all. (Speaking of which, I still reckon Jack Nicholson in One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest was absolutely brilliant).
The only absolute truth is in the time between what has been and what will be; it is this moment the NOW. Our memories have been either tarnished or glossed over by prejudice while our visions of grandeur play surrogate to the truth of tomorrow. Absolute truth resides in this moment. That is why the Psalmist said Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts (Psalms 95:7-8).
This reaffirms THE truth behind this truth. That the only ABSOLUTE TRUTH is Jesus (John 14:6).
Lets return to the matter on hand.
So before my daily weigh in, I had to pick up a half dozen apple from the nearby supermarket during my lunch break (I feel a post coming up soon on the state of affairs of the apples from Stop N Shop). On my way back I happened to be sharing the footpath with this fellow who was peddling some burgundy and red synthetic leather bags, so naturally I fell into conversation with him. It was then that I found out more about his wares that he actually sews these bags.
They looked quite a classy lot, them bags. Of course not Louis Vuitton classy, but str...
I am into my second day and the scale reads 88kg. I dont know if that is the truth or if it is only me with a bit of wishful thinking.
No matter, after leaving office at around 1726 hours, I happened by an old friend of mine. Hes a caricature artist by the name of Charles. (I think folks over at Sunday Chronicles hire him to do cartoons and stuff). So Charles tags along with me on this one.
Not long after I meet this sharp little kid of 4 by the name of Jaybes. He and his mom Maria were on their way into (that rather detestable) Vision City. I had a quick chat with them and took their photos but, sad to say, I forgot to get them to sign my release form so I will not be putting up their faces here.
Further down the road, just before reaching Waigani* I bump into Elijah Memedu.
Well in fact Memedu was about to overtake me when I introduced myself and told him about what I was up to and if he was interested and he seemed fairly keen. By then even Charles lit up to the game and fell into beat with some support remarks on the side.
At 16 years of age, Elijah is a trainee electrician doing his apprenticeship with...
Weighing in at 89 kg, the first day of my 30 Day Challenge kicked off to a rocky start but I never expected it to be a walk in the park either. It was a walk nevertheless; and it will be so for the next 30 days.
The first person I bumped into was this office worker type in Westpac bank colours. Opening with a courteous Abinun, bro, I observed on the traffic congestion in the manner of small talk. But I may have introduced myself too soon because I could see that he was all suss about me from the way he eyed me.
You could tell he was thinking, Who is this mausgrass psycho and what manner of scam is he peddling? He had a polite wall up, which he successfully marshalled with a brisk pace for much of the way so I let him be.
But then I caught up with Kure Yosi.
Kure seemed a friendly chap from the word go, all the way to the North Waigani traffic lights where we parted company.
He was walking with a very slight limp that I later found out to be a sprained ankle.
At 33 years of age he works as a Youth Officer at the National Capital District Commission. Hailing from Lufa in the Eastern Highla...
Thats it, Im done talking politics.
Well most of the time Im either quoting someone or blogging a gripe. And I hate to see myself as a person who sees the glass half empty all the time. Although the system and the gremlins that work the system are largely responsible for fueling my words.
But that is not the point of this post. Folks over at Stella Mag recently brought to my attention this super cool idea of doing something out of the ordinary for 30 consecutive days. (By the way, that is one cool magazine you should get your hands on or better yet, subscribe to).
So here I was on Independence Day, trying on for size ideas for endeavours that anyone who knows me would not normally find me doing. And no, I am not going to go to work dressed as Zorro for the next 30 days (although I know of some who would in a heartbeat if they could).
However, I was toying with the idea of bungee jumping every afternoon. Unfortunately I had to forgo that idea for the simple fact that my afternoon schedule could not fit in a trip to the white cliffs of Vararaita National Park and back; and I have not even factored in the time it would take to strap on the gear. Yeah, sound check and all.
On a similar note, I sadly had to cross off a daily round of BASE jumping and croc-wrestling as well. During this brainstorming session, my patriotic zeal got lost somewhere in the mix, and I noticed my shoe lace was undone so I reached down to tie it. It was then, as I bumped into my gut, that I knew I had to do something about my expanding midsection.
Here was something practical I could embark on without unnecessarily creating a hole in my pocket, not to mention drastically reducing my lifespan. So I have resolved to do something about my weight with the help of the trusty old bathroom scale.
My modus operandi is quite elementary really. It is good old fashioned walking coupled with a simple garden diet. So instead of hopping on a vehicle, I plan to walk home every day after work. Plus I am going vegan for a month to boot!
Weighing the pros and cons, the only negative aspect of walking is that I might suffer a little discomfort from the sweat and the strain of my backpack. But I can stand my own sweat than to have my olfactory receptors assaulted by the collective body odour and goodness knows what else 35 people and an bus offsider who has not touched a bar of soap in more than a month can cook up in a crammed bus on an equally crammed road.
Or shall I factor in the PMV experience of having ones ears mercilessly assailed by a badly strung c...
Gary Juffa has come out with a statement to clear the air on the supposed 3rd Camp as posted earlier.
In any case, I wouldnt mind seeing Juffa as my Papua New Guineas next Prime Minister. He has what it takes to save this country from certain doom.
On a side note, those two lead figure who orchestrated the whole political crisis not too long ago, making Papua New Guinea the laughing stock of the world by blessing us with the #WhatElseCanPngHaveTwoOf tag, have now kissed and made up in Alotau, Milne Bay Province. But that is all old news, right?
Anyway, forget them. Heres what Mr Juffa had to say.
There is so much rumor and rhetoric in the media and here that I believe I would like to substantiate and spell out some facts about my part and role in what is happening in Eastern Highlands.
Firstly, I am NOT part of the Eastern Block. I am here to support my Regional Candidate Sam Sii. I am here with Governor elect for Morobe, Hon. Kelly Naru who is a friend by the way and we embrace certain values and principals much of which the members here do as well.
We are also collectively concerned about certain national issues such as the granting of citizenship to
- Djoko Tjandra
- and in my specific case the Naima Rice Monopoly Project
- and the Seabed Mining Project and
- such other issues which we here have spoken about and are concerned about.
I am NOT forming a group as an alternative government and I am not lobbying for the PMs job I am just speaking to like minded elected leaders and discussing how best to approach our common concerns and how best we can represent our people in our electorates, our province and our country.
I am NOT with John Kerenga GUL and with due respect to him and his group, have my own stance that I will take into parliament and again, I do not intend to deviate form what I believe in and have spoken against here or anywhere.Gary Juffa ~ Oro Province Governor-elect*
With August 1 announced as the official date of the Return of Writs by the Chief Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen (who I think should be given the sack anyway), power play heats up for government formation as we see all of them old dogs, Somare included, team up with ONeil as a formidable force and the most likely camp to be invited by the Governor General to form the next government.
On the other hand, Belden Namah, brash as ever, stands undeterred he will be the next PM. Comments on the ground and on social media as well as from the news reflect the general concession that in PNG politics, anything goes. It goes without saying that a tactician such as Namah still has a few tricks up his sleeves.
But that is not the reason for this post. Papua New Guinea has had it with the two lots of groupings or blocs as theyd rather be known; and with all the shades they come in (shady indeed!).
The gist of this post, however, is the confirmation of a rumoured third camp as mentioned in todays Post Courier (30/7/2012) on page 6. The third camp is reported to be in Goroka in the Eastern Highlands Province. It is being led by two fresh faces in PNG politics. Oro Governor elect, Gary Juffa, and lawyer/philanthropist, now Morobe Regional MP Kelly Naru.
Here now is a chance for all newly elected members to put their money where their mouth is and start over on a clean slate. To stand up for better change and to lead this country forward with a fresh faced government devoid of the miasma of corruption and all the trappings of PNG politics.
In my personal opinion, it would be the sensible thing to do and the best decision for this nation, if we could have all the Independent MPs and other smaller political parties to consider siding with this camp. I chance upon this opportunity to call out to the likes of Loujaiya Toni, member elect for Lae, to consider this as well.
Without further ado, here is a statement by the newly elected Governor for Oro Province, commenting on the establishment of the third camp Camp Juffa.
Let me say that we in Goroka are discussing how best we can serve the people of PNG, to represent them and not abandon them and their dreams and hopes, to fight for them and to ask the pertinent and controversial questions that the people of PNG are anxious for answers tosuch issues that I personally am concerned about are need answers such as the granting of citizenship to a international criminal fugitive (PALA), the plans to monopolize rice commercialization for a Chinese Indonesian Company only (TEMU), to demand that actual and thorough investigations be conducted into the controversial issues that have cost the nation and indeed the people substantial amounts of money, the r...
This letter serves as a readers feedback on a full page advertorial which appeared on page 56 of The National on Monday, 18 June 2012, by Mr Lawyer David Gonol.
With all due respect to Mr Gonol, I must say that write up alone has left me questioning his viability as a potential Governor of Western Highlands Province; or as he so arrogantly puts it, the Governor in waiting.
Given his profession and the office that he is running for, I expected an article that was intellectually scrupulous as well as grammatically refined. For a policy statement if it can be titled as such at all it failed on both these fronts and instead, left me cringing right from the opening line all the way to the part where The plant and animal kingdoms [sic] of Tambul/Nebilyer, Mul/Baiyer, Dei Council and Hagen Central decided to join the party.
If Mr Gonol is reading this, then I suggest he fire his publicist for doing him the disservice of dressing him in a court jesters garb with this sad case of a media release. After that he can go ahead and fire himself for even sanctioning such a write up to see the light of day in the first place.
This has certainly raised the bar of corny drivel to the next level and has debased our collective intelligence, allowing them to further condescend to us.
Grow up already, PNG.
The following comment was picked up from Facebook, and sad to say but Im not surprised at all.
EMTV once again takes the honours for being a DUD for a TV station.
EMTV ELECTION FOCUS*
EMTV(John Eggins) interview of PO (Peter ONeil) last-night was a big let down. I expected tough questions from Eggins but instead got such a soft kiss-a$& interview. The background video conveniently skipped the NPF chapter of POs life, and Eggins never asked about the controversial laws made by the ONape Parliament, nor his method of gaining power.
Looks like we can expect same treatment of all other Interviews in the Election Focus series.
Oh how I long for gutsy journalism.
yeah and give me QUALITY!
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