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Monday, 15 October


Report highlights govt's multiple breaches in SABL land grab "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sabl_billboardEDDIE TANAGO | Act Now!

PORT MORESBY - The appalling human rights abuses being suffered by the victims of the huge SABL land-grab in Papua New Guinea are the focus of a report published yesterday.

The SABL Land Grab: Papua New Guineas Ongoing Human Rights Scandal highlights the devastating impacts on people living in rural communities and gives a voice to those who have suffered the illegal loss of their land to logging and oil-palm plantations.

One of them is Peter Tai, who says people were threatened, beaten and turned away by armed police and the army when they tried to stop the logging and oil palm planting on their traditional land

When the company uses the police and army, they twist the law and beat us up very badly, to the point where we are afraid to attempt stopping the company again, Mr Tai said.

It is not only violence that people have suffered.

A landowner from Pomio explained: We the people have lost our God-given birthright to our land for 99 years, and significantly our traditions, cultures, customs, virgin forest and friendly environment, the eco systems we depend on and our peaceful community living and life setting.

The report highlights how the SABL land grab, as well as breaching PNGs own land laws and Constitution, has breached a whole raft of international laws and conventions.

These include the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and many of the fundamental human rights protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The report has been published by the UK based charity, War on Want, and PNG based community advocacy group, Act Now!

The two groups are calling for immediate action by the PNG government to end the land grab and cancel the leases and are also asking the international community to be more proactive in pressuring for action by the authorities.

We are calling on the UN special rapporteurs who have already written to the government expressing their concerns about the human rights abuses to come to PNG to see the impacts first hand and speak directly with the government.

We are also calling on China and the other countries taking logs and palm oil from the SA......


Can we buy our way out of the sixth extinction? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Money, its said, makes the world go round. The old adage appears to be true in conservation, too: A paper in Nature tracked $14.4 billion spent on conservation programs over a 12-year period around the world, and found that it was money well spent. All the money we have been spending on conservation has actually made a difference, says Anthony Waldron, lead author of the paper and research fellow at the National University of Singapore. To understand if spending was effectively making a difference in conservation, the authors compiled a dataset that took into account both species decline and conservation funding per capita in 109 countries. The researchers also looked at how development population growth, industrial expansion, and agriculture contributed to biodiversity loss. The model found that while development and GDP growth affected biodiversity negatively, money spent on conservation greatly reduced those impacts. In the 109 countries studied, all of them signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the researchers found a median average reduction of 29 percent of species loss per country as a result of the billions spent in the period from 1996 to 2008. If we hadnt spent the money, we would have lost a third more biodiversity than we did, Waldron tells The researchers also found that nearly two-thirds of global biodiversity loss during that period was concentrated in just seven countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, India, Australia and the United States (the latter


Pauline Hanson, dysfunctionality & the politics of profligacy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Albert & Maserati
Dr Albert Schram, pictured here on his Sunday hike in Italy, knows a Maserati when he sees one.


TUMBY BAY - In her simplistic way, the extreme right wing politician Pauline Hanson says that if Papua New Guinea can afford forty luxury Maserati vehicles it doesnt need Australian aid.

It is the same sort of logic that many people use when arguing for a cut to welfare payments. The argument goes that if they just spend the money on cigarettes, booze and poker machines and refuse to get a job they dont deserve to get it.

We all know that most people forced onto welfare struggle to make ends meet and carefully manage their money.

It is just the irresponsible minority that gives them a bad name and forces more and more strictures on everyone.

The Papua New Guinea government has now further and decisively demonstrated that it is a similar irresponsible minority.

The Maserati purchase is now a fecund symbol of the unbridled extravagance and irresponsibility of the ONeill government.

By remaining uncritical the Australian government is complicit and its aid program suspect.

I suspect that this story is going to play out for some considerable time, both before and after APEC.

I also suspect that as the narrative evolves and the symbolism strengthens there will be a backlash.

This will be especially so if politicians are spotted driving around Moresby in the vehicles after APEC finishes. Nobody would be that stupid, or would they Mr Tkatchenko?

Aid donors, particularly Australia but perhaps even China and others, will now think twice about giving Papua New Guinea more money to splurge on questionable programs.

In political terms this might be a good thing but in practical terms for the Papua New Guinean people it will be another setback.

With a government up to its eyeballs in debt, reduced aid money will only mean that the trickle that actually gets spent in rural areas will be diminished.

Inherent in Pauline H...


Refugee families ripped apart by Australian Government take their case to the United Nations "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

63 mothers, fathers and children permanently separated between Australia and indefinite offshore detention on Manus and Nauru have taken their case for family reunion to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

The group includes:

  • five babies born in Australia whose fathers are indefinitely detained on Nauru;

  • a father detained on Manus Island for five years whose wife and children are living in Sydney and whose daughters are studying at University; and

  • husbands and wives, children and parents, and brothers and sisters, who remain permanently separated because they arrived and sought protection in Australia on different dates.

The complaint, made on behalf of the families by the Human Rights Law Centre and barristers Kylie Evans, John Maloney and Marion Isobel, is one of the largest UN actions ever brought against the Australian Government and comes during the Governments first year as a member of the UN Human Rights Council.

Daniel Webb, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

These families just want what every family in the world wants to be together with the people they love the most. But instead they are being needlessly ripped apart and go to bed every night with a massive knot in their stomach not knowing if or when they will ever see each other again, said Mr Webb.

Every one of these families has a heartbreaking separation moment - a moment when they realised our Government was permanently tearing them apart. One of the dads told me he felt like his entire body froze. He said he couldnt move or even breathe and just collapsed to the floor and had to be carried away.

Ripping apart these families is cruel, harmful and clearly illegal.

The UN case contains detailed evidence of the harm being caused to the families by their indefinite separation, particularly the harm being caused to the children who are separated from one of their parents.

The medical evidence is harrowing. Some of these kids are permanently grief-stricken in their minds every single day its like someone they love has died. Imagine being a child and growing up permanently grief stricken, hearing your mum crying in bed every night because she doesnt know if you will ever get to meet your dad. Its just brutal, said Mr Webb.

The families, who have been separated for up to five years, have made repeated requests to the Government to be reunited. Each time they are just ignored or told to go back to offshore detention.

Were talking about a handful of families. Instead of forcing people to choose between the c...




some pictures from the siara celebration




New Dawn FM News

The ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS and the Regional member for Bougainville, JOE LERA and the local ABG member for Selau, JOSEPH WATAWI yesterday attended the Siara local women celebrations organized with the Nazareth Centre in Chabai and some of their partners who came in from overseas.

In this celebrations the women displayed many activities from dancing to the bamboo beat and displaying their cultures to the visitors who were invited to attend.

These activities also had the women displaying their gardens to the visitors as part of food security for the people of SELAU.

They also had many songs and stories highlighting the need to protect women and children from abuse within our societies.
The celebrations ended in the afternoon.

One interesting thing from this ceremony was that all food and drinks were sold and there was no free food and drinks even for the invited guests.

Most of the items sold were locally produced food.


Caption f one of the clan members explaining her attires





Pictures from the welcome dinner

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some pictures at the welcome dinner

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Listening to welcome song by Yumi Yet Bamboo band

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Washing of feet on arrival at Buka

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New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Referendum Committees Transitional Committee met in Buka for the first time yesterday since the committee was appointed by both the ABG and PNG Governments.
The arrival of the Chairman and three term Prime Minister of Ireland BERTIE AHERN was announced by the Prime Minister PETER ONIEL at the Special JSB meeting in Port Moresby last Thursday.
The Prime Minister also announced PNG governments appointees to the Bougainville Referendum Commission as the former Chief Secretary to Government, ROBERT IGARA and DR THOMAS WEBSTER from the National Research Institute.
ABG had earlier announced its appointees as the former ABC Vice President, PATRICK NISIRA and the head of the Bougainville healthy community concept, RUBIE MIRINGKA.
During the absence of the Bougainville Referendum Commission a transitional committee co-chaired by the PNG Electoral Commissioner, PATILIUS GAMATO and the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU have been working in making preparatory work for the Bougainville referendum.
The team led by the BERTIE AHERN and were welcomed at the Buka airport by a cultural group from HAKU.
They met several people including the ABG President and the ABG Speaker during their two days stay in Buka.
They returned to Port Moresby yesterday.
Pictured is Bertie Ahern welcomed by the ABG Protocol Officer Belinda Sali Picture by Aloysius Laukai

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Lera On Community Based Initiatives
New Dawn FM News

Community based programs to raise revenue within small rural communities can have a definitive impact on Bougainvilles economy.
Regional Member for Bougainville, Joe Lera says that only twenty percent of Bougainvilleans pay tax that contributes to Bougainvilles revenue.
Bougainvilles revenue at the moment stands at K20 million which is derived from cash crops and taxes collected from goods and services and income taxes.
Mr Lera says that encouraging rural based economies will also have an impact on the eighty percent in the rural areas who will be able to pay taxes.
He stressed that people in the rural areas must be empowered to participate in development and sustaining the political outcome of the referendum.
With an overwhelming number opting for independence creating a strong economic base for the Bougainville is a priority.
The ABG has so far banked on the mining industry to save it from its economic woes but mining remains a sensitive and unstable issue on Bougainville.
He says focus must be brought back to the basics like sports, arts and crafts and the agricultural sector to allow people to make something of themselves in society.





Momis Acknowledges Women
New Dawn FM

The resilience of Bougainvillean women has been acknowledged by the Rural Womens Day at Siara Village in the Selau Constituency.
ABG President Chief Dr John Momis says that Bougainvillean women are proud and confident of their identity and their traditions.
He says women play an important role in society without any recognition but they continue to strive to better society.
President Momis acknowledges their contribution and encouraged them to keep helping to move Bougainville forward.
Momis also encouraged people present at the day to adhere to social justice principles, respect law and order, recognising human rights and ensuring peace prevails within communities.
Momis stressed the need to adhere to human rights and respecting our fellow man especially in the lead up to the referendum in the next couple of months.
He says it is the responsibility of Bougainvilleans to respect and promote human rights as they prepare for the referendum.




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Is the clock finally ticking for PNGs illegal loggers? "IndyWatch Feed"

A time traveler from 1988 visiting Papua New Guineas forestry sector today would find it distressingly familiar territory. Three decades ago, Commissioner Tos Barnett was conducting his Inquiry into aspects of the forest industry, published as a two-volume survey of the corruption and illegalities allowing PNGs forests to be felled wholesale and exported, to the countrys economic and environmental loss. Barnetts famous pronouncement that logging companies were operating in Papua New Guinea with the self-assurance of robber barons is as relevant now as it was then. (Indeed, hardly a think piece on the industry can be published without repeating the quote.) What has changed in the interim is that those mostly foreign-backed companies have cut and sold off many millions more cubic meters of PNG timber, in a process that has signally failed to bring meaningful development to the countrys rural and forest-dependent communities.

PNGs ongoing crisis in forest governance has been meticulously documented since Barnetts day, including in a flurry of research published in the last several years. All of it tells the same story. Chatham House estimated in 2014 that 70% of the countrys timber may be produced illegally. The sustainability certification organisation NepCON gave PNG an abysmal score of 3/100 in its 2017 Timber legality risk assessment. In July, my organisation Global Witness published a report that included an analysis of satellite images of eight of PNGs largest logging operations. All of the companies involved in those operations, based on imagery that documented violations of the Forestry Act, appear to have broken the law many times over. None of them have faced any legal consequences, and all continue to sell PNG timber abroad.

For Papua New Guinean communities that depend directly on their environment for their livelihoods and cultural heritage, this devastation of their forests is a legal outrage as well as an existential threat. PNGs customary tenure system grants control over land to the people who have lived on and used it for generations. It should be no surprise that among the legal violations linked to logging that my team has documented across the country, violations of landowner rights are paramount. The people we have spoken with tell...




On the eve of APEC, Minister Justin Tkatchenko the Minister for Lands and APEC under the Peter O'Neill Government stands accused of nepotisim and promoting homosexuality, He brought over his lover and former EMTV News Presenter  Tukana Hasavi Jr on a very lucrative contract to the APEC Authority according to sources inside APEC.

Justin Tkathenko according to APEC Secretariat staff brought this gay lover Tukana Hasavi to APEC Secretariat and created a position that never existed on the structure and placed him on a lucrative contract, as sources tell us, Hasavi is an empty suit someone with no experience.

Tkatchenko rents an expensive apartment for Hasavi across the road off Boroko market, He has a collection of tailor-made suits handpicked and bought of course by his lover Minister Tkatchenko. He shops lavishly, he has a young family from a central wife but that is just a window dressing just like Justin Tkatchenko who is also married with a family but is highly involved in exploiting and having sex with young men from Papua New Guinea.

In 2015 Tkatchenko went under the spotlight again after a rape victim came out publicly to confirm legal proceedings have taken place to claim for damages done to him by the Minister while he was employed at the NCDC Botanical Gardens between 1998 - 2000.

The victim from Wapenmanda district in the Enga Province confirmed he been under duress and he's burdened with feelings of worthlessness, at one point even contemplating suicide and self harm after he was sexually abused by a man who is currently the face of PNG and the Pacific Games.

His intention is to bring to light what happened 16 years ago, The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons is a father of 4 kids is now in his forties.

When queried by PNGBlogs on the long delay in seeking justice he said he could not hide this anymore after his family and tribe asked him to speak out because on his Anorectal diseases or Anal Disorder, he has been living in shame from his family all these years but decided he has had enough and is seeking damages in Court.

We are told Justin Tkatchenko compensated the victim when the information came out.


PNGi takes Ockham's razor to APEC Maserati furore "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tkatchenko-Press-releaseSTAFF REPORTER | The Tokaut Blog

PORT MORESBY - A storm of public criticism and protest has erupted after the publication of photographs showing the delivery of 40 Maserati luxury supercars to the ONeill government.

The white-jacked Maserati Quattroporte cars were shown being off-loaded from two chartered Boeing 747 aircraft at Port Moresbys Jacksons airport.

The luxury cars have been brought to Port Moresby to chauffeur world leaders and other VIP guests around the capital for three days during next months Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

The public furore has put the PNG government onto the back-foot as locals fume at the highly visible excess in a country where basic health, education and transport infrastructure and services are in a deplorable condition and public health outcomes are among the worst in the world.

The PNG government has made a number of claims to try and justify their apparent extravagance and to deflect criticism. Unfortunately those claims do not stack up to any serious scrutiny.

Lets start with APEC Minister, Justin Tkatchenkos first press statement on the affair.

It doesnt start well. It is dated 10 November 2018. Clearly a mistake. Perhaps someone was in a hurry or it had to be released ahead of schedule?

Maserati Quattroporte sedans have been secured and delivered, and are being committed to be paid for by the private sector, says Minister Tkatchenko in his signed statement.

Having vehicles paid for by the private sector is the smartest way to have use of the vehicles for APEC at no overall cost to the State.

The language is slightly tortured, but the message seems clear? The Maserati supercars have been paid for by some mysterious benefactors and bringing the cars to Port Moresby for use during the APEC summit is at no overall cost to the State.

However, it didnt take long for a different truth to start emerging; one that sheds considerable doubt on the veracity of the Ministers claims. And then, as his story started to unravel, so the Ministers statements to the press started to change

It costs about US$25,000 an hour to operate a Boeing 747. Flight time from Milan in Italy to Port Moresby is around 20 hours, plus a refuel......


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You might argue that my son (or daughter) has an exam and I can not allow this strike, or that my manager will not allow me, or I have a vital meeting, etc, etc. BUT yet you want the best for your family, best for this country and always dream of good opportunities for your kids' education, their employment and their bright future....simply put it, you desire for the best socio-economic outcomes to happen ...... but can NOT afford to sacrifice something today against such a corrupt govt for the benefit of the very life you aspire to see today and the years to come?

Then you appear more like a weakling and a free rider on other people's sacrifices (period!). Others will pay the price and you flow through easily. PNG right now is in a desperate SOS or ICU condition and we DO NOT NEED YOU SU, H WEAKLINGS!!!

Bigger sacrifices (spilling of blood through horrible wars, civil unrest & revolutions etc) were made by others in this world for the good of their country and today they are enjoying justice and fairness.

Our three leaders (Juffa, Bird and Krammer) are only asking for a "stay at home strike", which is a NONE violent type and the MOST WISEST approach to take, yet certhe tain type of our population thinks that is too big a sacrifice for their personal plans or businesses?

Logic: What is my grade 8 and grade 10 certificate and my University degree worth if there is no future in education and job opportunities for me??? It's dumb stupid to continue seat quiet and allow our whole good future over the cliff and to allow our certificates and degrees to become a pile of trash.

Let me remind all of us again. When the blood of corruption is profusing out of every part of this govt, draining and emanating out of every public organizations and govt run authorities and the cry for change has reached maximum proportion where the incubator of daily stress and stupidity has become a normal scene here, then we CAN NO LONGER GIVE EXCUSES and not do anything to support this present momentum for a nationwide strike!!! You want to be obedient to this slavery type govt by using exams and private company laws, etc as excuses, so be it !


Everyone now MUST sacrifice something to ga...

Sunday, 14 October


New report highlights human rights abuses caused by SABL land grab "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The appalling human rights abuses being suffered by the victims of the huge SABL land-grab in Papua New Guinea are the focus of a new report published by ACT NOW! and UK based charity, War on Want.

The SABL Land Grab: Papua New Guineas Ongoing Human Rights Scandal highlights the devastating impacts on people living in rural communities and gives a voice to those who have suffered the illegal loss of their land to logging and oil-palm plantations.

People like Peter Tai who says people were threatened, beaten and turned away by armed police and the army when they tried to stop the logging and oil palm planting on their traditional land

When the company uses the police and army, they twist the law and beat us up very badly, to the point where we are afraid to attempt stopping the company again. 

It is not only violence that people have suffered: 

We, the people have lost our God given birth right to our land for 99 years and significantly our traditions, cultures, customs, virgin forest and friendly environment, the eco systems we depend on and our peaceful community living and life setting, explains a landowner from Pomio.  

The report highlights how the SABL land grab, as well as breaching PNGs own land laws and Constitution has breached a whole raft of international laws and conventions.  These include the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and many of the fundamental human rights protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

ACT NOW! and War on Want are calling for immediate action to end the land grab and cancel the leases by the PNG government but are also asking the international community to be more proactive in pressuring for action by the authorities.

This includes calling on the UN Special Rapporteurs who have already written to the government expressing their concerns about the human rights a...


PNG International Nene McDonald joins the Cowboys "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea International, Nene Macdonald will join the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys on a three-year deal beginning in the 2019 season.

The 24-year-old arrives at the club on the back of a stellar season for the St George Illawarra Dragons, which saw him score 10 tries in 23 games.

After debuting for the Sydney Roosters in 2014, Macdonald has played 91 NRL games across six seasons for the Roosters, Gold Coast Titans and Dragons, scoring 31 tries.

A product of Cairns, Macdonald was originally contracted to the Dragons for the 2019 season, but the club agreed to release the winger to allow him to return closer to family.

Macdonald has also played Nine Tests for Papua New Guinea after making his international debut as a 19-year-old in 2013.

Cowboys head coach Paul Green said the club was excited to bring a prodigious North Queensland-bred talent home.

Hes a North Queensland kid and we like North Queenslanders representing this region, Green said.

Nene is going to offer plenty of depth to our backline and had a fantastic year for the Dragons.

I know him on a personal level after coaching him in the under 20s at the Roosters and am confident he will be a good cultural fit for our club as well.

Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr said recruiting outside backs for 2019 was a major focus for the club after the departure of a number of long-tenured players in those positions.

Hes a very talented athlete and with the retirement of Antonio Winterstein we were keen to add to our outside backs and in particular the wing position, Parr said.

Nene fits the criteria we were looking for and he indicated to us that he had a desire to return home to North Queensland, so we made some inquiries with the Dragons and they have been very cooperative in helping us bring him back to North Queensland.


Cabrini medical team visits Madang "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Immediately upon arrival the Cabrini team they were welcomed by Professor Jerzy Kuzma from DWU and Modilon Hospital and were accommodated at the Madang Resort. The following day they were taken on a cruise of the Madang Harbourcourtesy of Sir Peter Barter.

The former Cabrini team leader, Dr John Griffiths visited PNG first in 1998, since then has been 17 times with the orthopedic mission working initially in Wewak and now in Madang.

Team leader Fr Adrian Trivett is on his second visit and the main purpose is to provide the support in development of orthopedic services in Madang. When Dr Trivett was asked What is the motivation behind your coming here? he stated laconically: we come to help, to teach and to work. Cabrini Hospital is committed to take an active part in the development of orthopedic and medical services along the Pacific region.

There is a long-lasting and close relation between Cabrini and Modilon Hospital that has resulted in has substantial advance of orthopedic services in Madang as well as other successful developmental programs.

Among these support projects, apart from the annual visits, Cabrini Hospital have supported the development of a new orthopedic ward at Modilon General Hospital, significant donation of orthopedic instruments, arthroscopy set and implants valued over K500,000, architectural and engineering design of the new operating theatre now in full operation and organizing histopathology examination critical for adequate cancer treatment.

In addition to the above, Cabrini have funded the extension of the dental section and renovations of administration building and hospital lecture room.

This time the team consists of two orthopedic surgeons Dr. Trivett and Dr Dalalana, anesthesiologists Dr Andeana and scrub nurse Sr. Thompson. They have worked for one week since their arrival on Oct 6 during which time they have consulted 38 patients and operated on 24 patients. Apart from saving many orthopedic patients from disability, by operating together with local surgeons they are passing skills and expertise on local doctors building in this way our capacity to upgrade orthopedic services in the country.

Professor Jerzy Kuzma, from DWU and Modilon Hospital thanked Cabrini and the visiting orthopedic team for their friendship and commitment to the development of orthopedic services in the country.


Change The Rules nationwide rallies "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Union leaders Karen Batt CPSU Victoria Sally McManus Michele ONeil Troy Gray ETU Electrical Trades Union of Australia, Victorian Branch and Lori-Anne Sharp Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, launching new TV ads about the Change The Rules nationwide rallies.

Video from Australian Unions


Union leaders Karen Batt CPSU Victoria Sally McManus Michele O'Neil Troy Gray ETU Electrical Trades Union of Australia, Victorian Branch and Lori-Anne Sharp Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation launching new TV ads about the Change The Rules nationwide rallies.

Posted by Australian Unions on Saturday, October 6, 2018

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Coconut rhinoceros beetle: a huge threat in Solomon Islands and the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed"

A new invasive strain of the coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB), Oryctes rhinoceros, is present in Solomon Islands and is spreading rapidly. CRB is the most serious insect pest of coconuts, essential for food security and cash income, resulting in significant yield losses and tree mortality. It also impacts oil palm, which is significant as the Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Company (GPPOL) employs around 1,500 people and contributes around 12% of national GDP. CRB also damages sago palm (important for housing), and the areca palm (the producer of betel nut, problematic from a health perspective, but also important for informal sector livelihoods in Solomon Islands). The CRB strain in Solomon Islands and elsewhere in the Pacific (CRB-G) is resistant to the virus that was used to control a different strain of CRB in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga in the 1960s and 1970s (this strain, CRB-S, is also present in Western Solomon Islands).

Symptoms of CRB-G attack were first reported in Honiara in January 2015. Subsequently, CRB-G has spread along the north coast of Guadalcanal, to the nearby small island of Savo, the Ngella (Florida) grouping, and to North Malaita in perhaps the most serious outbreak beyond Guadalcanal. More recently, CRB-G has been recorded in the Russell Islands group, which is home to the largest coconut plantation in the Southern Hemisphere, South Malaita, and on Ulawa Island. It is likely that CRB-G will soon reach other islands.

Contrary to the livelihoods threat from other invasive species such as the giant African snail, the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) is aware of the scale of the threat probably given the potential for huge economic and social impact from reduced yields of palm oil, copra, and coconut oil. GPPOL, for example, estimate that CRB will cost their business SB$40 million (AU$6.7 million) by the end of next year, or around 1530% of turnover. GPPOL and some coconut processors have been particularly vocal around the scale of the threat to their operations and proactive in trialling management responses. SIG declared a national CRB state of emergency through 2017 that remains in place.



Was Silver Fox's crude attempt to censor citizen on APEC's behalf? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Silver Fox
David ('Silver Fox') Johnson's communications to Emmanuel Narakobi - was Johnson acting with the authority of APEC or as a freelancer?


PORT MORESBY Last Wednesday, respected young entrepreneur Emmanuel Narakobi shared on Facebook an article showing the arrival of the controversial million kina Italian luxury cars at Jacksons International Airport.

He shared a post by airline company, Ajot, that flew the cars to Port Moresby. Minutes after posting the article he was in-boxed by a person with a Facebook account called Silver Fox providing his number and insisting Emmanuel call him immediately.

The message read - You must immediately take down posts of Maserati APEC security act will be inacted [sic].

The person then messaged Emmanuel on SMS - Need you to immediately take down FB posts concerning recent airport photos ... It is a security risk under APEC joint task force ... Please call me, David Johnson.

David JohnsonJohnson telephoned Emmanuel explaining he was part of APEC security and instructed him to take down his post. Emmanuel did take the post down and so did Ajot.

So who is David Johnson?

He is an Australian expatriate who arrived in PNG sometime in 2015. He resides in Lae providing financial advisory services. 

He later acquired a shelf company Karama Consultants, registering himself as the sole director and shareholder.

In August 2017 he registered two other shelf (start-up) companies, Karama Developments Limited (which claims to specialise in r...


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Health crisis: Get those refugees off Manus & Nauru says UN "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Asylum seekers on Manus
Refugees on Manus - 1,420 are held in PNG and Nauru; another 500 in Australia for medical reasons

NAAMAN ZHOU | Guardian Australia

SYDNEY - The United Nations has called on Australia to immediately evacuate its offshore detention centres to prevent an unfolding health crisis.

Doctors from Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) were ejected from Nauru laston Wednesday and the UN high commissioner for refugees has warned that many asylum seekers who have attempted self-harm or have critical health issues now have no access to medical care.

Catherine Stubberfield, a spokeswoman for the UNHCR in Canberra, said healthcare was collapsing at the centres.

She said a pre-teenage girl doused herself with petrol in a suicide attempt last month, and remained on Nauru despite a doctors advice to have her evacuated.

She also said many asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea had attempted self-harm or suicide last month, and others were suffering acute physical and mental health issues but had not been treated by doctors.

On Thursday, MSF called for an immediate humanitarian evacuation of offshore detainees. It said there had been 78 cases of attempted suicide and self-harm in Nauru over the past year.

Speaking on Friday, Stubberfield said Australia had to face the responsibility of its offshore detention camps because it had designed, paid for and set up the system.

UNHCR does not agree with the government of Australias assertion that such cases are solely matters for Papua New Guinea and Nauru, she said. Australia [has] simultaneously designed, financed and managed the system.

She urged the Australian government to take up New Zealands offer to accept some of those held in detention.

About 1,420 people are being held in PNG and Nauru, and 500 have been transferred to Australia for medical reasons. The UNCHRs monitoring suggests that figure is significantly lower than the number of refugees in need of care.

In September this year more refugees and asylum seekers had...


Liberian author is helping children become anti-corruption heroes "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Robtel Neajai Pailey (Kate Lloyd)
Robtel Neajai Pailey

STAFF REPORTER | Transparency International

BERLIN - Robtel Neajai Pailey is an academic, activist and author from Liberia.

Having worked in in academia, the public sector, with international organisations and the media, she decided to combine her passion for social justice and gift for storytelling to write two anti-corruption books for kids.

Gbagba was published in 2013, and the sequel, Jaadeh! is on the way. Transparency International asked Robtel some questions about the books, her motivation and her vision on fighting corruption in the future

TI: When did you first experience or encounter corruption and decide you wanted to do something about it?

RNP: While living and working in Liberia from 2007 to 2011, I became increasingly troubled by how corruption permeated everyday human interactions. But there was an incident in 2010 that shook my centre of gravity.

At the time, I was chairing a Liberian government scholarships committee, and we embarked on a reform process to make awards merit-based, transparent, and gender-balanced. We discovered that a group of 18-year-old boys had forged their national exam records to become eligible for scholarships to Morocco, so we called them in for questioning.

After initially denying any wrongdoing, they eventually confessed. I was deeply concerned that these young men, in the prime of their adolescence and on the verge of adulthood, were prepared to get ahead by any means necessary.

Although my gut instinct was to rebuke the young men, I realised how self-righteous it was of me to expect them to miraculously develop scruples when the society in which we lived did not value integrity. So, I reasoned that we needed to start with 8 to 10-year-old children because it is at this stage that we begin to form an ethical core.

TI: How did you come up with the idea of Gbagba, your first childrens book illustrated by Chase Walker and published by One Moore Book to critical acclaim in 2013?



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K38 million Maserati purchase made through Sri Lanka backyard firm'. Bryan Kramer slams O'Neill govt & demands it come clean "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


PORT MORESBY Prominent Papua New Guinea Opposition MP and Member for Madang Bryan Kramer has slammed APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko for the purchase of 40 luxury Maserati sedans, which he says would retail in PNG for at least $400,000 (K950,000) each taking into account excise duty, clearance and freight.

And he's in possession of what he says is a leaked pro forma invoice (right) to back him up.

The cars will be used to ferry world leaders attending the APEC leaders summit that PNG will be hosting in Port Moresby next month.

While the country faces a polio outbreak, failing health and education systems, systemic corruption, and escalating law and order issues, prime minister ONeill appears to be more concerned about impressing world leaders, Kramer said in a statement.

The bottom line is, we cannot afford to be this extravagant. Our country is broke and the ONeill government continues to be irresponsible and reckless.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Tkatchenko said, Maserati Quattroporte sedans have been secured and delivered and are being committed to be paid for by the private sector.

But Kramer says that, if the vehicles have been bought by the private sector without any cost to the government, the sale is illegal.

The Public Finance Management Act requires any State assets to be acquired or disposed of by calling for public tender, he said. The question is: when was the public tender called?

Kramer says he has obtained documents including an invoice issued by Ideal Choice (Private) Ltd and addressed to APEC CEO, Christopher Hawkins.

The pro forma invoice, dated 31 August 2018, is for US$5 million (K16.7 million) for 40 units of brand new MY 19 Quattroporte Diesel, Granlusso-3.0L V6 Diesel Engine 275, HP [high performance] Acceleration.

The payment terms on the invoice included a 35% non-refundable advance with the balance payable after 30 days. The airfreight charge of US$1,352,800 (K4.5 million) was 100% non-refundable in advance with insurance costing US$4,884. The total invoice amount came to US$6,357,684 (K21.3 million).

Ideal Choice (Private) Ltd is a auto spare parts and sales company based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Italian automobile manufacturer must now come out publicly to explain why they agreed to sell 40 Maseratis destined...



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Oldest building in Lae turns 85 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

St Andrew's Lutheran Church at Ampo in Lae turns 85 this month.

The church in May 2018.~Malum Nalu

The church, built in its present form in 1933 (until renovated in 2005), is the only pre-war building in Lae and the timberwork used to bear many bullet scars (until renovated).

During the war, it served as a Japanese hospital when its custodians from Butibam village fled into the foothills on the far side of the Busu River.

A bush material chapel was built at Ampo in 1912 by pioneer German missionary, Gottfried Schmutterer, and the first baptism took place on October 20, 1912.

Timber from Bukawa was put on the ship Bavaria and brought to Lae on Feb 11, 1933.

They started building the church on March 4, 1933, with dedication being on Oct 8, 1933.


Refurbished National Museum and Art Gallery reopens to all "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Emil Tammur and Australian Foreign Minister Senator Marise Payne reopened the refurbished National Museum and Art Gallery (NMAG) in Port Moresby on Friday.

Dignitaries attending the National Museum and Art Gallery reopening including Museum Director Dr Andrew Moutu, Former Prime Minister Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Emil Tammur, and National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop

Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Emil Tammur opening the newly refurbished National Museum and Art Gallery



The year of living dangerously in Apec City, Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


 I had a 9.30am meeting on Saturday Oct 13 2018 at Islander Village.

I call my faithful City Loop cabbie Albert Wangua (video below) to pick me up.

Near the Islander Village, I get a text saying 10am, so I get off at the service station, walk into the  Bank South Pacific ATM, withdraw K100, and walk into the fried chicken outlet.

Albert, who is parked outside BSP,  suddenly runs in, warning me to take care, as he'd seen some dangerous characters watching my every movement.

As I cross the road, unaware, this gang is following me.

Albert, now with another passenger, speeds towards Hohola, makes a u-turn, and shouts at me to jump on.

He points out the gang following me.

We go drop off the passenger at Boroko and Albert drives me back to Islander Village.

We pass the men who would have robbed me, perhaps killed me, waiting for another unsuspecting prey.

Albert, a committed Christian, says this is Divine Intervention.

That's a snapshot of living in Apec City.

Times are hard.

People are desperate.

Apec City is a very dangerous place to live and work in.

PS: Albert is the hero and a credit to City Loop. It pays to have a trusted cabbie, who in my case, may have saved my life.

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