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Thursday, 24 August

22:00

Scaling up Australian aid for global medical research "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

There is a strong case for scaling up Australian support for global medical research: research leading to the development of new medical products, such as drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests, to address health problems predominantly affecting people in the developing world.

This case rests on four points. First, the future of aid will increasingly be about the financing of global public goods, whether to combat climate change, to develop new and improved crop varieties, or to discover new medicines and vaccines. Second, global medical research seems to yield high social returns. Third, Australia has a strong medical research community. Fourth, there has been growing interest within the Australian government on the subject of medical research. Two recent official reviews (the Hollway Review of aid of 2011 and the McKeon Review of medical research of 2013) have both recommended greater action by Australia in this area. The current Liberal-National Coalition government also seems to show a growing interest, the most recent example being the June 2016 announcement of a health security fund, which includes an emphasis on research.

While it is impossible to come up with a definitive target for the volume of Australian funding for global medical research, it is obvious in our view that such funding should be significantly increased. Doubling it would bring it into line with our spending on global agricultural research. The aim of our new report Australian funding of global medical research: how to scale up? is to examine how a significant scaling up of aid for global medical research, such as a doubling, should be managed.

The report argues for a two-pronged approach. First, the current access of global medical researchers to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is valuable and should be expanded. One of the recommendations of the McKeon Review was that the NHMRC should more fully embrace grant assistance for global health by opening up grants to international researchers (either alone or in partnership with Australian researchers and institutions) and establishing co-funded grants with global philanthropic organisations. Similar access to the Medical Research Future Fund should also be obtained. All of this funding should be counted as Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Second, additional funding for global medical research should be provided by the Australian aid program. This should not be via additional aid funding for the NHMRC. Such funding is largely investigator-driven and discovery-focused, and needs to be complemented by a more strategic and re...

22:00

Is PNGs inability to learn smothering our young democracy? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Front pageBUSA JEREMIAH WENOGO

PORT MORESBY - I consider myself fortunate. And it is not because I come from a wealthy family or enjoy the privileges of living in a developed nation.

In fact, I live in a developing country that happens to be one of the most corrupt in the world and where there is a general sense of disregard and disrespect for the rule of law.

Police are a law unto themselves. The national procurement system is a cash cow for corrupt politicians. Taxpayers money is wasted on unproductive official inquires that never see the light of day.

And we have a dysfunctional public service that is a hallmark of our nation's backwardness.

In saying all that, I acknowledge that we do have hard-working and honest public servants, law enforcers and politicians. But they are like specks in the sand. So few of them make any significant contribution to our nation's future.

I consider myself fortunate because, in spite of all of that, we do manage to get by each day without much catastrophe or mayhem.

Unlike in the past, there are few mass demonstrations. Nowadays there are more keyboard warriors making noise on social media sites rather than actual foot-soldiers rampaging through the streets. The same dissatisfaction and dissent is there but it is channelled through social media and tends to stop there.

The mass of our people are in the dark with not a clue of what is going on in their country.

When the few privileged and educated Papua New Guineans voice concerns over the government's handling of the economy or other issues of national importance, the policy makers simply brush them aside.

To them, the few dont represent the majority but, in a country where illiteracy is a huge problem, the few makes a great difference when it comes to keeping up the pressure to try to ensure that good governance prevails.

Our democracy may not be what outsiders would expect. In fact democracy in PNG has defied its principles and tenets. It has become accustomed to terms like kleptocracy, theocracy, autocracy and dictatorship being thrown around.

Take for instance the recent general election described by many Papua New Guineans as the worst in our history.

To this day two seats are still to be declared. The prime minister was elected despite five seats not being declared. The electio...

21:00

Fortnightly links: evidence-based policy, cholera, aid worker security, and more "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Some interesting research on the Washington Post Monkey Cage blog examines the barriers to evidence-based policy in developing countries.

A fascinating article on Devex highlights historical trends in public opinion about aid in the United States.

Annmaree OKeeffe offers some insightful remarks on the totally preventable catastrophe that is the cholera epidemic in Yemen.

The latest edition of the Aid Worker Security Report, which compiles statistics on major incidents of violence against aid workers, finds the number of attacks in 2016 remained steady as compared to 2015. Chapter 2, which presents excerpts from interviews with representatives of Al Shabaab, the Taliban, and Haqqani Network about how they view aid organisations, is particularly interesting.

A new article published in PLoS ONE presents an updated cost-effectiveness analysis of 93 health interventions in low- and middle-income countries.

The post Fortnightly links: evidence-based policy, cholera, aid worker security, and more appeared first on Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre.

21:00

Could the roiling disaster of PNG stomach a womans touch? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG panel at Sunshine Coast writers festivalPHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - Im back in my quiet little corner of South Australia after spending a couple of weeks meandering through the hustle and bustle of Queenslands south-east coast.

There was a burst of unseasonal hot weather up there, so stepping off the plane in Adelaide on the way home was a bit like jumping into a freezer. But I think Ill survive.

In Queensland I attended the successful Papua New Guinean women writers event at Coolum Beach and learned a lot about the travails of being a woman in PNG, especially those women who produce ground-breaking anthologies of womens writing. (Some of those women are on stage with me in the accompanying photograph.)

To say that the anthology My Walk to Equality has been both a great success and a tremendous burden for the women involved is an understatement.

I can confidently and sadly assure people that crude, rude, nasty and jealous men (and some women) are in no danger of being in short supply in Papua New Guinea.

Learning the details of that sorry fact was a bit of a downside during my perambulations.

Dropping in here and there to catch up with old friends who had worked in PNG and continue to have contact with the place was equally dispiriting.

Among these people I detected a level of despondency about the situation in PNG that I havent encountered before.

There has always been a jocular view that Papua New Guinea is, well, just Papua New Guinea, and things dont work as well there as they do elsewhere.

At the same time it was expected that the Papua New Guinean people would somehow always muddle through.

Im not sure this is the case anymore people still believe in the muddle theory but the affectionate regard for PNG among Australians who are close to it seems to have been replaced by a feeling that things have tipped over the edge and plunged into a deep chasm.

The recent election, it appears, is the episod...

20:00

Bougainville has many revenue sources; we dont need a mine "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Leonard Fong Roka October 2014 H&SLEONARD FONG ROKA

PANGUNA - Since the formation of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) in 2005, a chronic shortage of revenue has been the norm.

The Kabui government experienced it; the Tanis regime had a big taste of it, and now the Momis government screams about it.

This is not because we are poor but because we are caught up in a neo-colonial system that controls and tries to keep developing states as its slave.

Thus in the Pacific, every state - including Bougainville that wants to be a state - will always have big brother Australia looking over us.

In every ABG government department, there is some Australian advisor and monitor.

Australian advisors gave the ABG a Mining Act that will assist re-open the Panguna mine, but this extractive industry will need foreign expertise and money that Bougainville lacks.

Before 1990, the Panguna did not benefit Bougainvilleans as much as cocoa and copra.

The 2008 report, Market Chain Development in Peace Building by Ian Scales, Raoul Craemer and Indra Thappa, stated that Bougainville from 1979-89 produced an annual average of 15,600 tonnes of cocoa. This is a lot of revenue.

In 2006, under the ABG, Bougainville produced 12,800 tonnes of copra and 15,000 tonnes of cocoa. Where is the money going to?

Bougainville, with a population of about 300,000, has money. Forget Panguna. Get the ABG to take ownership of the two big cash crop earners that are sustaining the families of Bougainville.

Alluvial gold is now an industry in Bougainville, but it is not bringing change to our people. Where is the regulation and taxation? Foreign fishing fleets are always in Bougainville waters. Is ABG collecting revenue from this activity?

Planes are always using Bougainville airspace, who collects revenue from them? Digicel and Telecom have towers throughout Bougainville, who benefits? Simcards in our mobile phones are taxable in other countries. Bougainville can do it.

If ABG is concerned about its revenue, non-Bougainvillean companies like Bank South Pacific and PNG Pawa must be part-owned by the Bougainville government or must give free shares in their Bougainville operations to ABG or other Bougainvillean companies.

If all these revenue sources are t...

19:28

Central Bank of Papua New Guinea Adopts Blockchain Technology "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Central Bank of Papua New Guinea Adopts Blockchain Technology

The number of countries with banks experimenting with blockchain technology is growing rapidly. The Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG), north of Australia, has joined the movement with its own central Bank of Papua New Guinea running blockchain trials.

Central Bank Governor Loi Bakani, known as a champion of new technologies as a way to enable financial inclusion, recently hosted a conference to showcase his countrys commitment to blockchain technology, with participants from at home and around the world, including Abt Associates, Paycase, Othera, IDbox, Pacific Markets, UCash, Seso and ADCCA.

At the conference, Bakani described the blockchain trials underway at the Bank of PNG and introduced the PNG Digital Commerce and Cryptocurrency Association for the growing number of Papua New Guinea tech entrepreneurs and businesses interested in blockchain technology.

Bakani said, This will allow PNG to join the Global Blockchain Forum, which gets PNG a cutting edge in discussions about Blockchain at a global level, along with Australia, Canada, U.S.A., Dubai, UK and Japan. There is no reason why PNG cant be a leader for emerging markets.

There are already central banks experimenting with blockchain technology around the world, including Bank of America, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Bank of England, People's Bank of China, Bank of Canada, the National Bank of Cambodia, and the Central Bank of India.

Elizabeth Genia, Assistant Governor of the central Bank of PNG said, It is the new innovations that can change peoples lives almost 85 percent of our people live outside the banking system.

According to Abt Associates Jane Thomason, who helped manage the conference, 85 percent of PNG has little or no access to banking services and accounts, and the island is among the most expensive remittance corridors in the world, with nearly 10 percent of all funds transferred going to fees alone.

Thomason told the conference that blockchain-based technologi...

17:00

Given wrong pathology slides, heart journal retracts paper "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A cardiology journal has retracted a paper after the authors were unable to provide correct pathology slides to replace the wrong ones submitted with the original manuscript. The paper is titled Aortic Valve Endocarditis and Coronary Angiography With Cerebral Embolic Protection, published on April 10, 2017 in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology: []

The post Given wrong pathology slides, heart journal retracts paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

16:02

Polye condemns BDA CEO's killing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Late Konga 
Former Opposition Leader and ousted Kandep MP Don Polye today (Thursday) condemned the executive mafia-style killing of Border Development Authority CEO Fred Konga.

Late Konga was gunned down at Waigani Freeway tunnel in Port Moresby this morning at 01:30am by rascals.

The motive of his killing is unknown, pending a CID investigation.

"The news of his killing is shocking and heart-sinking! I have lost a great friend," said Mr Polye whilst in tears.

On behalf of his family, he conveyed his heart-felt condolences to the deceased's family and relatives at this time of bereavement.

Polye remembered him as humble yet he had touched many hearts of his colleagues, tribesmen and friends.

Polye, a close friend since high school days, described him as a great father.

"He is, indeed, a great loss to his newly-created Jiwaka province and PNG as a whole.

"He will be missed so much," he said.

Meanwhile, Polye warns that the style of killing should be an eye-opener for authorities on how well they are prepared to track down culprits swiftly.

Many other countries around the world, he said, have gone through such a killing and PNG is only experiencing its share.

He added hired killers were existing in PNG.

14:00

What should a journal do when a scientist who committed misconduct submits a new paper? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In December of last year, Chris Surridge found himself in a situation not uncommon to journal editors: A researcher who had been found to have committed misconduct had submitted a manuscript to the journal Surridge edits, Nature Plants. Retraction Watch readers may recall the name of the corresponding author, Patrice Dunoyer, who has had five papers []

The post What should a journal do when a scientist who committed misconduct submits a new paper? appeared first on Retraction Watch.

11:47

HIGH DEMAND FOR PNG RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP GAMES AS TICKETS GO ON SALE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tournament organisers expect tickets for the three Rugby League World Cup 2017 games in Papua New Guinea to be snapped up quickly when they go on general sale at 10.00am (local), this Thursday 24 August 2017.
Due to this high demand, RLWC2017 CEO Andrew Hill is urging fans to purchase their tickets when they go on general sale to avoid disappointment.
This years tournament is the most anticipated sporting event Papua New Guinea has ever hosted and we know there is huge demand for tickets from fans wanting to be part of history. With a capped crowd capacity of 15,000 for each game, we expect tickets to sell quickly when they go on general sale, said Hill.
WITH TICKETS STARTING FROM 30 PGK, THERE IS A PRICE TO SUIT EVERYONE AND PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FANS AND FAMILIES TO ATTEND THIS YEARS RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP.
As hosting partner of the RLWC2017, PNG will stage the PNG Kumuls three pool games:
*PNG Kumuls vs Wales, Saturday 28 October 2017 at 3.00pm
*PNG Kumuls vs Ireland, Sunday 5 November 2017 at 4.00pm
*PNG Kumuls vs USA, Sunday 12 November 2017 at 3.00pm
(Times local to Port Moresby)
Individual ticket prices for each game:
* 30 PGK for seats in the North and South Grandstands
* 50 PGK for seats in the Eastern Grandstand
* 80 PGK for seats in the Wings of the Western Grandstand; and
* 120 PGK for seats in the covered Western Grandstand
Tickets will go on general sale at 10.00am (local) this Thursday 24 August 2017 via the tournaments official website: RLWC2017.com or from one of eight Tiket Mastas Outlets in Port Moresby;
-Brian Bell Plaza, Turumu Street, Boroko, NCD (Mon-Sun, 8.00am 5.00pm)
-Brian Bell Home Centre Gordons, Kennedy Road, Gordons (Mon-Sun, 8.00am 5.00pm)
-Brian Bell Vision City, Waigani Drive, NCD (Mon-Sun, 9.00am 9.00pm)
-Stop n Shop Rainbow, Goro - Kaega Road, Rainbow (Mon-Sun, 7.30am 7.30pm)
-Stop n Shop Waigani, North Waigani, Pipit Street (Mon-Sun, 8.00am 8.00pm)
-Big Rooster Erima, Along Hubert Murray Highway, Erima (Mon-Sun, 8.00am 8.00pm)
-Big Rooster Koki (Mon-Sun, 10.00am 8.00pm)
-Cool Stuff Waterfront Harbour City (Mon-Sun, 9.00am 8.00pm)
The RLWC2017 will be contested from 27 October to 2 December and features 14 nations playing 28 matches in 13 cities across Australia, New Zealand and in PNG.
For tournament information and ticket details, RLWC2017.com
Rugby League World Cup 2017 | Media Release

05:51

Yoda bat happy to be recognized as new species "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The character Yoda, the venerable Jedi Master from the Star Wars franchise, may have come from a galaxy far, far away, but his face seems to pop up a lot here on Earth. Earlier this year, two new species of tarsier were described by scientists. Tarsiers look so much like Yoda that they inspired an unconfirmed rumor that the character was based on the small but surprisingly capable creatures from the island nations of Southeast Asia. A new fruit bat species found in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea and described in the Records of the Australian Museum this month also resembles Yoda closely enough that it has actually been referred to simply as the Yoda bat at least until now. Since most remote Papuans have never seen Star Wars, I thought it fitting to use a local name: the Hamamas meaning happy tube-nosed fruit bat, Nancy Irwin, an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of York in the UK and author of the study describing the species, said in a statement. Irwin explains why the happy moniker seemed an appropriate choice: The species is very difficult to tell apart from other tube-nosed bat species. Bat species often look similar to each other, but differ significantly in behaviour, feeding and history. Most of the morphological characteristics that separate this bat from other species are associated with a broader, rounder jaw which gives the appearance of a constant smile. The Hamamas (happy) tube-nosed

05:48

ZAP's Mid-Week Report -- August 23, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Subject: The Mid Week by ZAP from "The Office of Poofness''
From: "The Office of Poofness" <<a href="mailto:2goforth@humanus.ca">2goforth@humanus.ca>
Date: Wed, August 23, 2017 9:50 pm

Zap Says 


HI ALL

MANY CHANGES AFOOT. WE ALREADY KNOW THE RV IS IN FULL SWING, AND THIS WEEK HAS BEEN HUGE FOR CLOSINGS. WE KNOW THAT BIG FILES HAVE BEEN DISPOSED OF, AND THEY ARE GEARING UP THE SPEED THAT THESE THINGS ARE BEING DONE.

I HAVE TALKED WITH A COUPLE OF LAWYERS DIRECTLY INVOLVED AND THEY HAVE STATED THAT THEY HAVE CLOSED AND PEOPLE PAID. WE DID NOT HEAR MUCH ON THE OTHER END, SO I ATTRIBUTE THAT THAT TO STRICT NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS.

SO TO ANSWER A FEW OF YOU, YES IT IS ALL COMING TRUE. THERE WILL BE FUNDS ON A LARGE SCALE COMING OUT TO YOU AND THE ECONOMIES.

THIS IS THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THE RELEASES. WHAT OTHER WAY CAN YOU GET TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OUT INTO THE ECONOMIES SAFELY IN A MEASURED WAY SO AS NOT TO CREATE CHAOS AND RUIN PEOPLE.

NOW THAT IS THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN AS THE LOTTERY MENTALITY WILL BE VERY STRONG IN MANY PEOPLE. YOU GET A FEW MILLION, AND GO NUTS, AND A YEAR LATER YOU ARE IN WORSE SHAPE THAN WHEN YOU STARTED.

I CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEAR THINKING AS OPPOSED TO MUDDY THINKING. BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU RECEIVE LARGE MONEY. DO NOT LET YOUR ELATION GOVERN YOUR PRACTICALITY. DO WISE THINGS. ONLY THIS WAY WILL YOU BE OF USE TO YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY, AND THE PROJECT YOU HAVE UNDERTAKEN TO DO TO HELP OTHERS AS WELL AS YOURSELF FOR THE LONG TERM.

ON OUR SIDE, WE ARE ALMOST THERE. WE WERE TO GET OUR FIRST FUNDS YESTERDAY (YES I CAN TALK A LITTLE NOW). HOWEVER, THE TYPHOON HATO IN HONG KONG CLOSED THE BANKS AND DELAYED USAGAIN. AND THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT. THAT ONE WAS A FORCE 10 WITH MAX WINDS AT 223 KPH. IT CAUSED OVER 8 BILLION IN DAMAGE IN HONG KONG (PRELIMINARY TALLY).

WE WERE ALL COUNTING ON THESE FIRST FUNDS TO GIVE US RELIEF UNTIL THE MAJOR PROJECT FUNDS HIT, BUT AGAIN THE FORCES OUT THERE DECIDED WE HAVE TO GRIT OUR TEETH A LITTLE BIT MORE. IT IS SOO DIFFICULT TRYING TO MAINTAIN STABILITY AND KEEP EVERYBODY ON THE TEAM FED AND UNDER A ROOF. FEW PEOPLE HAVE ANY IDEA HOW HARD THAT IS.

WE HAVE ALSO RECEIVED EMAILS FOR GIVING HELP RATHER THAN RECEIVING IT, AND YES WE WILL HELP SHORTLY. I HAVE ANSWERED A FEW OF THESE AND REST ASSURED THAT THE MOMENT WE HAVE ANYTHING, WE WILL SHARE. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE GEARED FOR AND THIS IS WHAT WE DO.

THE RUMORS OF OUR DEMISE ARE KINDA WRONGWE ARE NOT GOING AWAY THERE IS TOO MUCH WORK TO DO. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR SUPPORT FOR WHAT WE DO.

IN EXTENDED GRATITUDE.

LOVE AND LIGHT
IN OUR SERVICE
ZAP
GOD IS; I AM; W.......

05:30

EPWs Governance System Could Use a Complete Overhaul "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

From making the Board of Trustees more accountable to switching to the editorial collective model, there are several changes that could make running EPW smoother and more transparent.

The question arises whether the present Board of Trustees remains fit for purpose of reforming EPW. Credit: Youtube/EPW

The question arises whether the present Board of Trustees remains fit for purpose of reforming EPW. Credit: Youtube/EPW

This is the second article in a two-part series on recent events at EPW and where to go from here. You can read the first part here.

The Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) does not resemble any standard template when it comes to its decision making, management and governance structures. Most social science journals are now owned by major publishing houses. As such, production, financial and legal oversight responsibilities are vested in the specialist units of these huge corporate publishers. Some other journals continue to be owned by universities and run from specific departments or staff; here again, the higher-level functions are lodged at the university level.

Almost as a rule, all manuscript business, from submission to publication, is handled by a hands-on editorial team comprising specialist academic staff with the publisher typically providing back room technical, editorial and logistical cover. Further, virtually every social science journal has a list of eminent advisory edi...

01:54

Government looks to cash in on alluvial mining with Gold Bullion Bank "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Alluvial mining policy to be developed

Cedric Patjole | PNG Loop | August 23, 2017

Mining Minister, Johnson Tuke, has directed the creation of an alluvial mining policy in the country.

He announced on Tuesday that the alluvial policy was one of the main policy initiatives for the industry as part of his first 100 days in office.

Tuke said there is a huge potential for the industry and proper frameworks must be established to manage it well.

I have directed the Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards Management (DMPGM) to work with the Mineral Resource Authority, to develop a policy for the alluvial mining sector in PNG.

There is a huge potential in alluvial mining that directly serves our people. And that potential has been tapped into so that we can properly regulate it, introduce safe practices and maximise the benefits, he said.

Tuke al...

01:04

Revised mining act will be passed: Minister "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Cedric Patjole | PNG Loop | August 23, 2017

Mining Minister, Johnson Tuke, has announced that he will make it his business to have the revised Mining Act passed in Parliament this year.

Tuke said the revised Mining Act, which contains six new laws, will immediately be brought before the National Executive Council for endorsement.

The Minister announced this during a Ministry handover-takeover ceremony in Port Moresby.

He takes on the role of Mining Minister from former Namatanai MP, Byron Chan.

In his maiden speech as Mining Minister, Tuke said he will ensure the new law is passed by the end of the year. This also includes the Mineral Resources Authority Act (2005) review.

The proposed changes to the Mining Act are focused on improving the regulatory framework of the mining sector through the application of international best practice principles.

So inline with the undertaking that was given by the Prime M...

00:37

Former BRA Commander Denies Signing a Resolution to Reopen Panguna Mine "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Chris Baria |  Bougainvilleans United Against Mining* | 23 August 2017

Former BRA commander opposed to the reopening of Panguna mine, James Onartoo has denied claims by the media and by the ABG Vice President, Raymond Masono that he and his group had signed a resolution with pro mining BRA Commanders, Ishmael Toroama, Sam Kauona and Glyn Tovirika paving way for the reopening of Panguna.

Mr Onartoo said that while he represented the silent majority who believe that mining was not the answer to Bougainvilles future, he had no authority to sign anything that will take away peoples resources and their rights to their land.

I am one of the many who dont support BCL or mining in Panguna or anywhere in Bougainville but I cannot claim to have the authority to sign a resolution or an agreement on their behalf, to reopen the mine at Panguna. The reports that you have seen in the Post Courier and in the statement by ABG Vice President are untrue, he said

Mr. Onartoo also said that he and his group which includ...

Wednesday, 23 August

22:00

Short changed: the cost of child undernutrition in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is facing a nutrition crisis. Alarmingly, almost one in two children in PNG have stunted growth from chronic malnutrition.[i] PNG has the fourth highest child stunting rate in the world a rate that is more than double the global average.

Not only does malnutrition pose a threat to the survival and development of children in PNG, it also poses a major threat to sustainable economic growth. Evidence shows that if a child is malnourished during the first 1000-day period from conception to their second birthday, they will suffer cognitive and physical impairments that are permanent and irreversible. These impairments limit a childs education and employment prospects. Reduced individual earnings translate into reduced economic productivity at the national level. This is how malnutrition can trap children in an intergenerational cycle of poverty.

image: Save the Children AustraliaNot only does undernutrition rob children of their growth and earning potential, it also threatens their very survival. According to national data in PNG, approximately 33% of all hospital deaths of children under five are either directly or indirectly caused by malnutrition. However, in a new report commissioned by Save the Children, Frontier Economics estimates that malnutrition could be the underlying cause of up to 76% of total deaths of children under five across community and health facilities combined[ii] a figure significantly higher than the global estimate of deaths of children under five associated with malnutrition at 45%. Evidence als...

22:00

Disputes & unfinished business as election wrangles continue "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato (Johnny Blades)JOHNNY BLADES | Radio New Zealand International

RESULTS are still pending in two seats in Papua New Guinea's election, three weeks since the overall return of writs.

The Electoral Commission has confirmed that declarations are not finalised in two Highlands electorates that experienced deadly election-related violence in the past month.

The vote count for the Southern Highlands regional seat remains suspended due to clashes between supporters of rival candidates in the provincial capital Mendi which resulted in several deaths. Electoral Commission has ruled out failing the election as a number of parties in the province are calling for it to do.

Having been moved to neighbouring Western Highlands province, the Southern Highlands regional vote count was expected to resume this week. Yet the delayed result in the Southern Highlands seat has tested the patience of voters in a volatile region.

Under pressure to explain the ongoing suspension, the Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato (pictured) said he had made preparations for the vote count to be shifted to Eastern Highlands capital, Goroka, as a neutral venue.

"But some Southern Highlands Provincial candidates went to court and asked the Court to have counting done in Mt Hagen (Western Highlands)," he explained.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner has confirmed that an election result in a second seat is yet to be finalised, despite earlier confirmation that it was. It only adds to the incomplete nature of the general election, two months after the country went to polls.

The National Court has put a hold on the return of writ for Kundiawa-Gembogl Open electorate in Chimbu province, ordering the counting of two disputed ballot boxes after lawyers for the former MP Tobias Kulang obtained the court order and asked for the count.

Mr Kulang, who is with the ruling People's National Congress party, was earlier this month charged with murder and inciting unrest in relation to violence in Kundiawa town during the vote count.

Since then, the candidate Willie Gogl Onglo had been declared as the MP-elect. That declaration is now effectively revoked, as Mr Gamato said he had to comply with the court order or he would be in contempt of court.

...

21:00

Everywhere & nowhere: forensically analysing grand corruption "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kris LasslettKRISTIAN LASSLETT | The Tokaut Blog | Extract

You can link to Professor Lassletts complete article here

THE problem with corruption in PNG, at its most grand levels, is that it is everywhere and nowhere.

Its morbid symptoms are apparent for all to see, but the particular mechanisms through which the disease of corruption infects governments and markets, and disables the body of the nation, proves difficult to observe, owing to its secretive nature.

Yet in order to fight corruption effectively, we need to answer elementary questions relating to its core characteristics.

For example, what type of corrupt transactions are most common and damaging in PNG, who are the participants, what motivates them, how do they make their illicit gains, what do they spend it on, and which institutional structures permit these illegal activities to take place?

Despite the difficulties associated with observing corruption, we can still pull together enough credible data from the civil and criminal courts, commissions of inquiries, national audits, public account committee hearings, Ombudsman Commission reports, and independent research, to formulate hypotheses on these different dimensions of the corruption problem, for testing and refinement.

And, in this respect, there is one general thread that runs through a vast range of corrupt schemes observable in PNG, whether it be rigged tenders, land fraud or sham litigation they employ, on the surface, a range of legitimate commercial/legal transactions, to cloak what is in fact crude theft from the public purse.

Often a real service is provided, for example a road is built, or expert advice is provided to a government department. However, the primary commercial motivation of the corrupt parties involved in these transactions is not to profit from providing the contracted good or service, at say a 10% rate of profit. The real motivation is to use the contract as a front, behind which a deal is rigged, that allow costs to be inflated well beyond market value, leading to substantial returns.

In this context the 10% rate of profit is small potatoes, when rigging the deal can allow parties to set a...

20:00

Dysfunction & waste allegations against AFP colonial masters "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Chris-HawkinsRORY CALLINAN | The Australian | Extracts

ALLEGATIONS of dysfunction, harassment and waste have been levelled at the multi-million dollar Australian Federal Police (AFP) mission overseeing the 2018 APEC summit in Papua New Guinea.

The claims which have raised questions about the capability of PNG to host the forum, range from a breakdown in relations with top level local police and the purchase of unnecessary equipment and futile training to bullying and vicious internal feuding amongst the AFP.

Among the bullying and harassment claims are that an AFP civilian was flying a camera drone around windows of a female AFP members high rise apartment in Port Moresby, that a pornographic movie was aired during a function and an AFP officer physically assaulted another colleague.

A dossier of the allegations, which had been made by several AFP officers who served on the mission, was yesterday emailed to key ministers and politicians in Canberra in the hope they would spark an official inquiry.

An AFP officer who was on the mission but is now on stress leave compiled the dossier and is seeking protection as a whistleblower.

One of the most concerning claims is that an Australian Defence Force representative in Port Moresby stated at a Joint Security Task Force meeting earlier this year that there had been no progress in APEC planning and that situation had become critical.

APEC Papua New Guinea 2018 CEO, Christopher Hawkins (pictured) rejected the concerns saying the claims seemed like sour grapes from a member who has experienced difficulties in their posting.

I have always seen a very positive and strong working relationship between Commissioner Baki and the head of the AFP mission, he said..

In some planning areas we are not as advanced as we would like to be and in other areas we are ahead of schedule.

This is the case for every APEC year in every country where APEC is held. Where there are gaps these are closed through increased attention to specific areas.

APEC is due to be held in November next year and involves a forum between leaders from the 21 Pacific Rim countries including Australia, the United States, China, Russia, Canada and New Zealand.

Australia is spending more than $48 million in taking a lead role to help Papua New Guinea plan and host the mee......

17:36

Parthenolide ameliorates diabetes-induced behavioural deficit, neurotransmitter imbalance and neuroinflammation in type 2 diabetes rat model. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PMID:  Neuromolecular Med. 2017 Mar ;19(1):101-112. Epub 2016 Aug 23. PMID: 27553015 Abstract Title:  Parthenolide, an NF-B Inhibitor Ameliorates Diabetes-Induced Behavioural Deficit, Neurotransmitter Imbalance and Neuroinflammation in Type 2 Diabetes Rat Model. Abstract:  Diabetes is associated with behavioural and neurochemical alterations. In this manuscript, we are reporting the beneficial effects of parthenolide, an NF-B inhibitor on behavioural and neurochemical deficits in type 2 diabetic rat model. Diabetes was induced by high-fat diet followed by low dose of streptozotocin (35 mg/kg). Elevated plus maze, open-field, MWM and passive avoidance test paradigm were used to assess behavioural and cognitive deficits. Three-week treatment of parthenolide (0.25 and 0.50 mg/kg; i.p.) attenuated diabetes-induced alteration in cognitive function in Morris water maze and passive avoidance test. Anxiety-like behaviour was also reduced by parthenolide treatment. Moreover, TNF- and IL-6 levels were significantly decreased in cortex and hippocampus of parthenolide-treated rats. Three-week parthenolide treatment also toned down the alteration of GABA and glutamate homoeostasis. Results of this study corroborate the involvement of neuroinflammation in the development of behavioural and neurochemical deficits indiabetic animals and point towards the therapeutic potential of parthenolide in diabetes-induced alteration of learning, memory and anxiety behaviour.

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13:09

Sir Mekere joins Pangu "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sir Mekere Morauta has joined the ranks with Pangu Pati under the leadership of Sam Basil as the party leader together with 4 other Independent MPs.

The move by the 5 Independent MPs brings the total numerical strength of Pangu Pati to 16.
The 4 other members include Central Governor Robert Agarobe, Member of Rigo Lekwa Gure, Member for Wabag Dr. Tom Lino and South Fly MP Sekie Agisa.
Sir Mekere on the behalf of the independent members said they were all pleased to join the 11 member team of Pangu because they believe in joining a strong political party to encourage and promote stability.

Pangu Pati leader Sam Basil while welcoming the 5 Independents to his party boasted a stronger Pangu Pati who is ready to work together to progress development agendas in their respective districts.
Mr. Basil challenged his team to make sacrifices while having belief in dialogue and respect to move forward as a team who is willing to transform PNG starting from the district level.

12:52

More transformation for Port Moresby Future City "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, says the PNG Government had already invested more than 2-billion Kina on development projects in Port Moresby.

Speaking at the PNG International Business Summit in Brisbane, Australia, today, Mr Parkop says, Port Moresby will undergo more transformation over the next five years to reach the goal of making it the Future City in the South Pacific.

He says apart from plans to build more infrastructure, are plans to convert unplanned settlements into suburbs and modernize the 10 Motuan villages which form part of the city.
Mr Parkop says another of his priority would be to address safety and security of residents and visitors in Port Moresby.
NBC News - Adrian Mathias (in Brisbane)

12:36

Direct Flights betwen PNG and China to enhance business, tourism "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter ONeill says the direct air links established between PNG and China later this year will enhance business and education opportunities.
Mr ONeill made the remark when Chinas Ambassador to PNG Xue Bing called on his office last Friday.
People-to-people engagement is also vital to growing our friendship, and we are seeing increased travel between our two countries.
When direct air links are established between Port Moresby and Shanghai later this year we will have even more opportunities to strengthen business and education exchanges.
Direct flights will also open up more opportunities for Chinese tourists to visit Papua New Guinea in the years and decades to come, Mr ONeill said.
During the meeting, the leaders discussed development issues of mutual importance and the upcoming visit by Chinas President during the APEC Summit in November 2018.
Papua New Guinea remains firmly committed to our One-China Policy, and growing the friendship that was established with diplomatic relations in 1976, Prime Minister ONeill said.
The strength of our bilateral relationship is based on respect and a common interest in economic and community development.
Papua New Guinea and China have a strategic partnership of mutual co-operation and common development that provides a basis for advancing projects that enhance the standard of living in communities, he said.
The Prime Minister said a number of projects are underway with the support of China, and he looks forward to discussing these with President Xi in November 2018.
Through the APEC year we will receive more than a thousand delegates from China culminating with the State visit by President Xi Jinping during the APEC Summit.
This will be the first visit by Chinas President and will mark a new chapter in cooperation and business between our countries.
Our Government and people look forward to welcoming President Xi to Papua New Guinea, and giving him and his delegation the opportunity to see the diversity of our country and the development taking place.

08:16

House Is Open "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

GORETHY KENNETH

Seventeen Judges of Papua New Guinea added colour to the official opening of the 10th Parliament yesterday.

Their red coloured ceremonial dresses stood out among the dignitaries and crowd who were there to be part of the ceremony in front of the Parliament House to join Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, Speaker Job Pomat, Prime Minister Peter ONeill, Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch and their wives.

The judges of the National and Supreme Courts turned up for the official opening in their full ceremonial attire.

They included Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika, justices Les Gavara-Nanu, Ambeng Kandakasi, Elenas Batari, Allen David, Derek Hartshorn, Ere Kariko, Stephen Kassman, Jacinta Murray, Iova Geita, Robert Lindsay, Leka Nablu, Kenneth Frank, Frazer Pitpit, Hitelai Polume-Kiele, Terence Higgins, Lawrence Kangwia and Martin Ipang.

Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae turned up in his white ceremonial dress, accompanied by the parade host Colonel Raymond Numa to inspect the Guard of Honour. Colonel Numa is acting Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

The guard of honour was from the 1st Royal Pacific Island Regiment and a combined Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and Correctional Services band provided the music for the ceremony as the leaders were escorted to the Parliament chambers for the official address by Sir Bob.

There was a 19-gun salute and traditional singsing groups performed on the parliament grounds while Sir Bob delivered his message to the nation and officially opened the 10th National Parliament.

Prior to that, Speaker Job Pomat gave his welcome speech.

When the governor-general and chief justice retired from the chambers, Parliament was adjourned to 2pm at which a Deputy Speaker was elected. He is Nipa-Kutubu MP Jeffery Komal who had 57 votes to 47.

The Prime Minister Peter ONeill also gave his address to Parliament and the nation.

Parliament was adjourned to September 26.

 

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06:24

Bougainville group adamantly against renewed mining "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Radio New Zealand |  23 August 2017

A group calling itself Bougainvilleans United Against Mining has re-stated its opposition to a resumption of mining at Panguna.

The government in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province wants the huge copper and gold mine re-opened to give the economy a lift ahead of the independence referendum to be held in 2019.

Bougainvilles Mining Minister Raymond Masono this week applauded a joint resolution by ex-combatants to back the re-opening, but one of those praised by the minister, a former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander, James Onartoo, said he and his group do not support it.

Mr Onartoo said their group, which includes many women, landowners and ex-combatants, will not support Panguna being re-opened, or mining anywhere on Bougainville.

Members of the group joined a blockade that stopped the Autonomous Bouginaville Government (ABG) from signing a memorandum of agreement with landowners at Panguna two months ago.

Mr Onartoo says the ABG is weak and lacks the l...

06:23

Gunshots all around as election violence resumes in Wabag "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The late Sano Peter MendaiDANIEL KUMBON

WABAG, Wednesday afternoon - Election violence has resumed here and gunshots are ringing out over the small township after a ceasefire imposed last week broke down yesterday and a death was reported this morning.

Wabag is experiencing its most violent time since Enga Province severed ties with the Western Highlands to assume its own political and administrative responsibilities in 1974.

Maters were made worse by the unrelated death of a young pilot Sano Peter Mendai (pictured), who was to graduate from a flying school in New Zealand this month.

Sano Mendai had come to Port Moresby to witness the graduation of his wife, Jane Kipok, from the University of Papua New Guineas.

They had planned to get married in Wabag then fly to New Zealand for Mr Mendais own graduation. But he died unexpectedly early this month.

His relatives from the Lankep tribe on the edge of Wabag town could not hold a proper funeral because of continued election violence.

Nor did they properly celebrate the election victory of their tribesman, Dr Lino Jeremiah Tom, who toppled PNC strongman Robert Ganim in the Wabag Open seat.

Jane Kipok's relatives from Kandep could not go to the funeral because of election violence between supporters of Alfred Manasseh and Don Polye who are from Kandep.

The other heart-wrenching tale in Wabag was the death in a fire of a Bangladeshi businessman.

3 of the surviving businessmenFour of his colleagues escaped to the police station with no possessions, not even their passports. They lost everything including much cash.

The men, three who are pictured here, had moved to Wabag from Manus this year and rented a new property to establish a store

Over 30 people h...

04:27

Rabaul leaders voice opposition to experimental seabed mining "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Seabed mining plans spark environmental concerns in Rabaul

The National aka The Loggers Times | August 23, 2017

LEADERS of Rabaul district in East New Britain want the Nautilus Minerals Explorations Limited to provide evidence that the proposed Solwara One seabed mining operation will not destroy environment and marine resources.

They are concerned about a potential impact on the coastal areas of New Ireland and East New Britain.

A committee which met at the office of Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat on  Thursday raised the concern in response to the intention by the company to carry out community projects on Watom Island and on the north coast of the Gazelle Peninsula.

Rabaul district administrator Marakan Uvano said Nautilus planned to build health facilities on the island and on the north coast of Rabaul as part of its services to the people who would be affected by the deep-sea mining operations.

Uvano said the...

04:19

The ACTU - the harder you fight us, the more you teach us "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A few weeks ago the ACTU boss Sally McManus gave this speech to commemorate the anniversary of the great strike by trade unions in Sydney during the height of World War one. You can never crush a belief - the right to be treated equally & fairly - the act...

03:53

K92 Mine Responds To Landowner Claims "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Post Courier | August 22, 2017

K92 Mining Limited says claims about it not honouring commitments engaging landowners in its operations were unfounded.
Chief operating officer John Lewins said since recommencing operations K92 had built up a formidable workforce of 500 with contractors on site including 300 employees alone from Bilamoia and associated landowners.
Mr Lewins revealed this when responding to threats by Bilamoia landowners to shut down the mine claiming K92 had not honoured commitments on the engagement of their people under a memorandum of agreement.
Mr Lewins said K92 Mining understands that the first meeting of a group of landowners occurred on Sunday August 13, but K92 was not represented at this meeting as it was understood this would deal with internal issues for BILA and its stakeholders.
He said K92 Mining understands that the BILA is still to determine whether they will use the existing Bilamoia Development Corporation (Bildevco) or a new business entity to participate in business opportunities created by the company and its suppliers. He reiterated this is a matter for BILA and not K92 Mining.
There are however many business ventures which Bildevco and Bilamoian landowners are participating in, including the mine catering contract, provision of security services and refus...

03:42

PM: Data vital "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

August 23, 2017
Main Stories

By MALUM NALU

 
NO one knows the exact population of Papua New Guinea today because no national census had been conducted since 2000, it has been revealed.

 
Prime Minister Peter ONeill told the first sitting of Parliament yesterday that an accurate population data was important for public policy planning and monitoring.

 
We must aim to keep our economic growth above our population growth.
We can only do this by having access to reliable data so that we can monitor these important indicators as we move forward.

 
A national census is supposed to be conducted every 10 years.
But the one scheduled for 2010 was never held.

 
Unofficial estimates of the current total population have been put at between eight and 10 million.

 
It is understood that the absence of this vital information had led to discrepancies in the national roll which created a lot of problems during the 2017 general election.

 
The National Identification Project (NID) in the past government was supposed to have provided this information during preparations for the elections.

 
Last week, new National Planning and Implementation Minister Richard Maru queried how the K250 million allocated for the NID project had been spent in the past five years, given that only 300,000 ID cards were issued prior to the start of the elections.

02:14

Bougainville Copper: will it get to play again? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rivers and streams in the mines vicinity remain polluted and unusable as sources of freshwater or fish. Photo by Catherine Wilson.

MAC [Mines and Communities] | Nostromo Research 18 July 2017 

Odds seem loaded against recent moves

When the great no doubt sometimes also good, but frequently woefully ignorant among mining outfits (and their desk-bound investment advisors) look at a risk-laden, problematic, prospect like Bougainville Copper Ltds Panguna mine, any upturn in commodity markets are apt to be heralded as a golden opportunity....

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