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Sunday, 22 October


Nations unite for RLWC 2017 launch "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup is just five days away and captains and coaches of all 14 nations gathered in Brisbane today to officially launch the tournament that will be played in 13 cities cross Australian, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Tournament CEO Andrew Hill, chairman Dr George Peponis, OAM, and Queensland Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, were on hand to launch the 28-game series that culminates with the final in Brisbane on Saturday, December 2.

The 15th Rugby League World Cup, which was first played in France in 1954, will kick-off in Melbourne on Friday night with the clash of century-old rivals, England and Australia, coached by iconic Queensland league figures Wayne Bennett and Mal Meninga.

The tournament will be contested by Australia, England, France, Lebanon (Pool A); New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Scotland (Pool B), Papua New Guinea, Wales, Ireland (Pool C), Fiji, Italy and United States (Pool D).

The new international eligibility rules are expected to ensure RLWC2017 is the most competitive and most watched World Cup in history.

Matches will be telecast by the Seven Network in Australia, Sky TV in New Zealand and EMTV in PNG.

The World Cup is huge for our game, we dont have fond memories of the last World Cup in Australia in 2008 so we want to turn that around, Australian captain Cameron Smith told the launch.

Its a celebration of our game and I think everyone who gets involved with this tournament and comes out and sees all the matches is going to be for a treat.

"There is going to be some great football played and there are some wonderful players on show throughout this tournament so I cant wait.

All the guys are really looking forward to getting out there on Friday night, they are excited about this campaign.

I think a lot of the focus and a lot of the talk from Mal [Meninga] and from myself is going to be about playing a good game of footy on Friday night because if you get beaten in that first game you put yourself into a tricky position heading into quarter finals and semi-finals.

England captain Sean OLoughlin said the English players were looking forward to playing in the tournament under master coach Wayne Bennett.

I think he just puts the boys under pressure to do the basic things well, O...


The bright elusive butterflies of our minds "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


TUMBY BAY - When an old man or woman in the village says, I remember when ., and starts to hum a traditional song, many young Papua New Guineans switch off and start to play with their iPhones. Little do they realise what they are missing.

I arrived in Australia in 1956 as an eight year old child of migrant parents. I grew up in Elizabeth, the town where the last Australian built car rolled off the production line last Friday.

Elizabeth in those early years was a great place to live. It was an entirely new and modern town full to the brim with optimism for the future.

Nowadays it is a refuge and dumping ground for low socio-economic families.

This contrast between then and now prompted me to start putting together a memoir, Midnight Blue, of those early years and the way Elizabeth shaped my life.

This involved dredging up long forgotten memories, both my own and those of my family and friends.

During that process I learned how deeply memories can be buried in the mind and, importantly, how they can be revived. I especially learned the value of memory prompts or markers in that process.

These markers can be both physical and mental.

From my work with elders in Papua New Guinea and Aboriginal elders in Australia I know the value of these markers in accessing memory and the accompanying knowledge.

Heres an example.

When I was living in Hervey Bay in Queensland, the local Butchulla people would say to me, The mullet will be running soon, we should go across to Moon Point ready for them.

When I asked how they knew this, they would say, The native pine are nearly ready to flower, the mullet always come when the native pine flowers.

But how do you know the native pine are ready to flower?

Theyd look at me as if I was dumb and reply, The stars are telling us; that star in the east thats just become visible means the pine trees will soon flower.

And sure enough, the native pine would flower and people at Moon Point on Fraser Island would catch heaps of mullet.

Those were physical markers. Mental markers are a bit different.

We in the west have long lost the ability to use them because we write things down and dont need them....


Rebuilding a great repository of PNGs culture & heritage "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Trustees research team and friends at PNG High Commission Canberra
Trustees & friends at PNG High Commission, Canberra: (L-R) Andrew Abel, Hillary Miria, Jonathan Ritchie, Zenaleze Abage, Catherine Nolan, Nancy Simeon, Jackson Zabala, Michael Mel, Norah Vagi Brash, Gregory Bablis


PORT MORESBY - In Papua New Guinea in 2016 there was a national court case between the National Museum and Art Gallery and Sir Michael Somare as plaintiffs and the former speaker of parliament, Theo Zurenuoc as defendant.

The case, in which the court ruled in favour of the plaintiffs, related to the destruction and demolition of cultural objects and imagery that adorned the front, hallways and grand-hall of PNG's national parliament.

It was a landmark decision that upheld the significance of the National Cultural Property Preservation Act, which the National Museum and Art Gallery oversees.

This watershed moment in PNG's cultural history defended the value of the countrys culture and heritage, which underpins the very fabric of PNG society and nationality. It also preserved and protected these various artefacts for future generations.

Over the years, there have been many challenges that have faced the National Museum and Art Gallery. The current trustees (president, Julius Violaris, his deputy Andrew Abel ML and Dr Michael Mel and Norah Vagi Brash OBE) have worked tirelessly to ensure the institution accomplishes its mandated roles and responsibilities.

The current management is implementing a number of projects including the finalisation of a major refurbishment of the old House of Assembly, a major refurbishment of the museums additional galleries and an upcoming Old Parliament House exhibition.

Recently three museum staff travelled to Canberra on a fact-finding mission to better inform the upcoming Old Parliament House exhibition, stage one of which will look mostly at the pre-independence era from 1948 and the first and second national parliaments from 1975 to 1984.

Stage two will consider the more recent...


Dokumen AS dibuka, terkuak banyak orang tak bersalah ditembaki dalam peristiwa Bukit Arfai Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jayapura, Jubi - Sejumlah dokumen kabel diplomatik Amerika yang berkaitan dengan Indonesia, utamanya soal tragedi 1965 kembali dibuka ke publik oleh tiga lembaga Amerika. Dokumen-dokumen itu menguak sejumlah telegram dari dan ke Amerika Serikat terkait pembunuhan massal pasca 1965. Ketiga lembaga itu adalah National Security Archive (NSA), National Declassification Center (NDC), keduanya lembaga nirlaba, dan lembaga

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Saturday, 21 October


PNGs electoral system: Did the founding fathers stuff it up? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

We don't want to be pushed
Many Papua New Guineans, especially in the highlands, did not want independence to be hurried


One of the most pointed, confronting, unapologetic and stimulating emails, writes Bal Kama, a leading commentator on Papua New Guinea affairs. He had received the communication from a professor of politics, an expert on the PNG government system, who agreed that it be shared. Its healthy to hear the minds of radical thinkers from beyond our shores, however unsettling, commented Bal Kama.

IT REALLY is a curious question. Where did Papua New Guineas majoritarian unicameral idea come from? There was simply no plausible model.

It was created in PNG in 1964 at the same time the former Legislative Council dominated by Australian members was abolished. Why?

When granting self-government to the Australasian colonies, the legislative councils were retained. If we had had a Labor government in 1964, this might have been explainable for it was Labor policy to abolish state upper houses. But Australia was very non-Labor in 1964.

It appears the PNG design was invented out of whole cloth. The same design was adopted in the Northern Territory in 1974. (Because Queensland was such asuccess?) Also in the Solomons in 1976 and in Vanuatu in 1980.

I do not know what the explanation is. It cannot be a matter of thoughtlessness for committees have to sit around and design electoral boundaries.

Whatever the explanation, it was a colossal blunder and the people have been paying the price. At the sub-national level the governments have a federal check but at the national level it spells doom.

We have seen 40 years of research and bandaid governanceactivity during which everything has gone backwards, 40 years of humanitarian disaster and ever-deepening exploitation of the people by their politicians.

Asking people to have faith in a new generation of leaders has not a  shred of scholarly credibility. It also defies common sense.

The main reason almost no one ag...


PNG bishop confirms reinstatement of playful Australian priest "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bishop Rolando Santos with Fr Neil Lams
Bishop Rolando Santos & Fr Neil Lams

JOANNE McCARTHY | Newcastle Herald

NEWCASTLE - A Papua New Guinea Catholic bishop says he will reinstate an Australian Vincentian priest to a PNG high school despite a police investigation of allegations involving school students, and a church investigation confirming the priest touched students legs and sometimes slapped them.

Bishop Rolando Santos said Australian Vincentian priest Neil Lams was firm, upright and committed and he was not changing the priests assignment as chaplain to the PNG school.

The bishop reserved the right to take defamation action against people, including school teachers, who complained about the priests behaviour.

A church investigation report, which Bishop Santos supplied to the Newcastle Herald, found no evidence to support allegations Father Lams sexually abused two female students at a Catholic high school in eastern PNG.

But investigators for the PNG Catholic Church Office of Right Relationships in Ministry found evidence of confessional incidents, where Father Lams touched students on the legs and asked questions about sex that left students embarrassed or scared or hurt or surprised.

Investigators also accepted the priest sometimes slapped and hugged students and squeezed them on the cheeks, but rejected the actions were sexual.

The priests approach was inappropriate when compared with the usual way a confession is conducted, investigators found.

Father Lams told investigators the slapping and hugging was in a playful, fun way. This is all innocent.

Bishop Santos criticised Port Stephens woman Wendy Stein, who runs a family planning project in PNG supported by Australian Rotary, for reporting allegations to police in September following concerns about a Catholic Church investigation of the allegations against Father Lams that started in March.

In an email to the Herald, Bishop Santos conf.....


Port Moresby Police to come hard on defective Vehicle owners and traffic offenders "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A lot of mechanically defective motor vehicles are being driven around on the roads of Port Moresby because traffic police were not doing enough to curb such abuses according to Deputy Police Commissioner and Chief of Operations Jim Andrews.
DCP Andrews said this while cracking the whip for Traffic Police to restore order on the streets of Port Moresby.

In a briefing today at Police headquarter, the Police Chief demanded for members of NCD Traffic to shape up and clamp down on the high rate of abuses and accidents caused by ignorant and defiant motorists.
He said, a lot of defective PMVs are being driven at night without lights posing a serious threat to the lives of other road users within the city.

He said, apart from the presence of unregistered and defective motor vehicles, basic traffic rules and regulations were not observed, and this he said was causing a culture of chaos and confusion especially during peak hours.
In most cases, shabby PMVs with wobbly seats, smooth tires, worn out springs and shock absorbers were being driven and used in the citys transportation system.
He said in some cases, taxis were operating with two sets of registration plates.
The DCP said he witnessed a taxi driver removing the yellow plate and replacing it with a white civilian number plate at Boroko. The offender he said, was arrested.

I am sure this is just the tip of the iceberg. A lot of similar cases are being perpetrated but traffic police are not detecting nor investigating such abuses. A concerned DCP Andrews said today.
He said properly sanctioned road blocks must be set up, more traffic infringement notices (TIN) should be issued and more arrests made to curtail the increasing number of traffic infringements occurring along the citys road network.
He said the development of new road infrastructure and network around Port Moresby city, is giving rise to the importation of more vehicles and road users, thus increasing the need for greater traffic police mobility and operability. He said the Constabulary is envisaging on the possibility of increasing its capacity in Traffic Policing but in the meantime, NCOs should work within their means and devise workable strategies to counter these problems.

According to DCP Andrews, at least twenty recruits passing out of Bomana Police College will be deployed to NCD Traffic each year and trained to become specialists in the various portfolios within the T...


Rugby League World Cup captains and coaches meet "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Coaches and captains of all 14 competing Rugby League World Cup 2017 nations will gather at the Sofitel Hotel in Brisbane on Sunday for a launch media event.
There will be formal welcomes and introductions and on-stage interviews, culminating with a photo opportunity of all 14 captains in full playing kit.

This will be followed by scheduled all-in interviews, with each teams coaches and captains.
The rugby league world cup will be played across three nations, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
It will kick off next Friday October 27 in Melbourne between Australia and England.

The first match for the Kumuls will be the next day, Saturday 28th against Wales at the National Sports Stadium in Port Moresby.
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Nakanais decry PM O'Neill's decision to revoke Maneke as Communication and Information Minister "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Nakanai Communities Association of West New Britain Province, is not happy that the Member for Talasea Francis Maneke was revoked of his appointment as Communication and Information Minister.

Mr Maneke could be the shortest serving state minister, having worked the post for only two months before he was removed by the Prime Minister last week.
The association's Chairman, Patrick Loku, says Peter O'Neill's decision to strip Mr Maneke is shallow and disrespectful, and is calling on the prime minister to reappoint Mr Maneke to an economical ministerial portfolio.

Mr O'Neill had said he was concerned with the numbers, and that Mr Maneke had been the only member of the Our Development Party returned after the national election.
Mr O'Neill had also explained that as a first-term MP, Mr Maneke will be given the chance to serve on the Parliamentary Committees.
NBC News - Dorcas Tindri (Kimbe)


Works Minister: Opening of Missing Road Links, Governments Priority "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: EmTV Online

Tucked under rugged ranges between Gulf and Eastern Highlands is Menyamya, one of the least developed districts in the country.



However, this under developed district is rich with fertile soil renowned for producing one of the countrys best organic coffee.



We produce some the best organic coffee in the country, but we dont have roads to transport them to nearest markets in Lae or Goroka, a local said.



Like many isolated rural communities, road access remains a barrier to development and for Menyamya, it has been a barrier for their economic progress and access to basic services.



In the last 5 years the ONeill-led Government has prioritised the opening of missing road links.



On Tuesday, Works Minister, Michael Nali, told the people of Menyamya that the Government will allocate funding from a K3 billion Asian Development Bank loan in order to open missing links in the district.



There are many road links in the district, once we open the trans-highway between Gulf and Morobe, Menyamya will be open to the rest of the country as well, Minister Nali said.



The K3 billion funding from ADB will be put to reconstruct the entire Highlands Highway, Nadzab to Kagamuga Airport in Mt Hagen.


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Ardern to become NZ's 3rd female Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jacinda Ardern will be the next New Zealand Prime Minister, after Winston Peters, the leader of the minority NZ First agreed Thursday to support Ardern's Labour party in a coalition government.

Peters' decision ends almost a month of uncertainty, and weeks of negotiations, conducted by Peters with both Ardern and the incumbent Prime Minister Bill English's National party after the general election on September 23 ended in a hung parliament.

Ardern will become New Zealand's third female prime minister, and the second-youngest.
The Labour-NZ First coalition will control 55 of the 120 seats in the country's parliament, meaning it will be dependent on the Green Party and its eight lawmakers to overcome the 61-seat threshold to pass policies.

Ardern joined the Labour party at 17, worked in Tony Blairs cabinet office and was a staffer for former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clarke.
She campaigned for decriminalising abortion, cutting immigration and lifting children out of poverty.


Death Row Inmates Denied Full Protection Of The Law "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post-Courier



The Court, presided over by Justice David Cannings, in a 53 page judgment and report of the Inquiry, concluded that all prisoners sentenced to death in PNG are being denied the full protection of the law, contrary to the Constitution of the country.

And he has ordered a stay of any execution of prisoners who have been sentenced to death until their rights under the constitution are fully complied with.

The Court which commenced the proceedings on its own initiative, styled as an inquiry into human rights of prisoners sentenced to death, was to, identify which prisoners have been sentenced to death, identify what human rights they have and whether those rights are being afforded to them and examine the role of the Advisory Committee on the Power of Mercy.


Five respondents, who are senior office-holders in the criminal justice system, assisted the Court in its inquiry, they were the Principal Legal Adviser and Attorney-General, the Public Solicitor, the Public Prosecutor, the Commissioner of the Correctional Service and the Registrar of the National Court and Supreme Court.

Justice Cannings in his judgment discussed 10 questions which included the Courts jurisdiction to conduct the inquiry, the procedures used, What offences attract the death penalty? What is the method of execution of a person sentenced to death? Who has been sentenced to death? What human rights do prisoners sentenced to death have? What is the role of the Advisory Committee on the Power of Mercy? What is the present status of those on death row? Are the human rights of prisoners sentenced to death being afforded to them? and what declarations or orders should the court make?

The most serious concern raised in the judgment by Justice Cannings is the absence of the Advisory Committee on the Power of Mercy which the court found to have become defunct and accordingly made a declaration to that effect. There has been a failure over an extended period on the part of the National Government, in particular the National Executive Council, to comply with the duty to facilitate appointments of members of the Advisory Committee on the Power of Mercy and to provide it with staff and facilities. The Committee has become defunct. This leaves all prisoners on death row with no effective opportunity to invoke their right to the full p...


Harmony is over its near-death experience "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Allan Seccombe | Business Day | 20 October 2017

Harmony Golds recovery from a near-death experience a few years ago was further evidenced by its bold R4.1bn purchase of a suite of gold and uranium assets from AngloGold Ashanti and positioning the company to make a decision on what to do with the Golpu copper and gold project in Papua New Guinea.

Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp hailed the purchase of the profitable Moab Khotsong mine and its sister Great Noligwa mine, which was mothballed, along with 70-million tonnes of gold-carrying tailings and the entire Nufcor SAs only uranium calcining operation, which treats material from Moab and third parties.

Nufcor is SAs only uranium calcining operation, which treats material from Moab and third parties.

When I got the job two years ago, Harmony was in very...


Signs of lasting trauma in people evicted to make way for giant mine in Ecuador "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Shuar women have been the sole residents of Tsuntsuim since most of the men have gone into hiding following warrants for their arrest after they fought against eviction from the village. Photograph: Kimberley Brown

Battles with the government and army over land and mining rights has caused indigenous Shuar people long-term psychological damage, report says

Kimberley Brown | The Guardian | 17 October 2017

Months after they were evicted from their homes to make way for a mine, almost half the population of an Ecuadorian village is suffering from psychological damage, experts have said.

Psychiatrists found 42% of the indigenous Shuar people of Tsuntsuim village suffering from mental health problems and trauma. Many of the villagers had been involved in violent confrontations with Ecuadors military as they were removed from their homes.


Sunday, 09 July


From anticipation, excitement to dictatorship fears in general election "IndyWatch Feed"

Engan voter protesters in Wabag demand "no more corruption". Image: Peter S. Kinjap

Source: Pacific Media Centre

Feelings of anticipation, excitement first gripped Papua New Guinea as polling in the general election opened last month.

Auckland University of Technology doctoral candidate Stephanie Tapungu and her husband Kenneth told PMWs weekly Southern Cross radio programme on 95bFM that rising female representation and online engagement were a source of hope.

The PNG Electoral Commission reports the number of female candidates standing in the two-week election beginning on June 24 comprised 165 of the total 3332 candidates.

The only province that did not register a female candidate is West New Britain.

Kenneth Tapungu told Southern Cross:

Theres been a rise in womens numbers, candidates, and this has in a way really changed the dynamic of the game itself and this has really challenged the existing status quo of elections and campaigns.

But the anticipation and excitement was short-lived and quickly descended into condemnation of the state of the electoral common roll as thousands reported they had not been listed, despite registration, and also disruptions as reported a week later on PMWs Southern Cross.

Ballot paper chaos
In Lae, students set fire to ballot papers in protest, while others at Unitech missed out on voting as only 1100 ballot papers arrived for a voting population of 5000.

Similar stories were echoed across Papua New Guinea as 4000 to 5000 students in Goroka were denied the chance to cast a ballot.

At the University of Papua New Guinea, voting again did not take place due to a lack of ballots.

Only 1200 ballot papers arrived...

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