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Wednesday, 10 January


Late PNG Rugby League star Kato Ottio died from complicated heat stroke. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Media Statement

This has been confirmed by the Pacific International Hospital.

Heat stroke is a serious form of heat injury, caused by the body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. Heat stroke occurs if the body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher.

According to doctor attending to him in the ICU ( Intensive Care unit ) Dr Jaiyesh Kumar, the late PNG Kumuls player was already showing symptoms of heat stroke when he was rushed into emergency yesterday afternoon.

Ottio had collapsed during training with the SP Hunters, on Sunday. He was taken to the Gerehu General Hospital before his conditioned worsened and was taken to PIH.

Dr Kumar confirms receiving the 24 year old at about 6:30pm on January 8th. But he says Ottio was already disoriented when he was brought in.

Most his organs were already affected, the heart, liver, kidney. And he was bleeding profusely.

Kumar says at least 15 20 bags of Fridge Frozen Plasma (FFP), 5 blood bags and 2 palettes were used to transfuse him.

Untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of serious complications or death.

Late Ottio passed on at 2 am this morning. He died due to DIC (Disseminated Intra-vascular Coagulation) - clotting process is disrupted, causing him to bleed from everywhere.


Three Local songs to be banned "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Office of Censorship will issue a circular to all broadcasters by tomorrow to ban three local songs with lyrics deemed as inappropriate for listeners.

Chief Censor Steven Mala revealed that the three songs are Sigarapim saksak, Private Nangu and Meri Sunam by Jaro local.
The call follows mounting complaints on social media regarding the song Sigarapim saksak and the other two songs.

Chief Censor Steven Malas description of the songs was harmful and not listener friendly especially to the younger audience.

Censorship Office has a role to play and that is to make sure that whatever music or video that is broadcasted by Television and Radio is not offensive to listeners and the content must be appropriate to view said Mr Mala.

Following this issue, the Censorship Office will set up a guideline for all artists to follow in order for their songs to be aired.

When we put all the procedures and requirements in place, every new song will be screened by my office before it goes on airplay in any radio station and we hope to do that as soon as possible

The Chief Censor has also invited the concerned artists behind the banned songs to have an open dialogue with his office if they feel the need to justify why their songs should not be banned.

We dont want be seen as we are just there to penalize any musicians, we want to work together with them in becoming professionals in the Music Industry and not just allowing them to produce something that is offensive to the public

Mr Mala said his office is open to the concerned artists for discussion and any other artist who needs guidance content wise. 

By: Christine KILDI| PNGFM


TRWP: Fokus dengan Perjuangan Papua Merdeka, Dinamika Internal Harus Dikesampingkan "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sejak perjuangan Papua Merdeka, dengan nama "nasionalisme Papua" dimulai, ada satu persoalan utama yang masih menjadi persoalan samapi hari ini, yaitu "ego pribadi" dan "ego kelompok". Orang Papua dalam perjuangan Papua Merdeka sampai hari ini kebanyakan belum "menyalibkan" ego pribadi dan kelompok. Entah itu kelompok suku/ marga dan kelompok organisasi politik dan militer masih sangat

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Cave discovery in Gulf, Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

European explorers discover biggest underground cave system on the borders of Gulf and Southern Highlands provinces

MANY explorers who came to Papua New Guinea described this beautiful nation as a lost paradise with untouched virgin environment that has offered countless species of animals, plants, flora and fauna, underground systems including caves and water and spectacular diving scenario along the coast lines.

Since the 60s, Papua New Guinea has been visited by Westerners interested in the wonders of its geological karst formations.

British, French, Australian, Spanish, German and Irish caving expeditions spent weeks or even months visiting and exploring the wonders of the underground world that is offered by this lost paradise, Papua New Guinea.

This year, after 3 years of satellite analysis and studies, an Italian team led by Guido Baroncini Turricchia, Maurizio (Bruco) Buttinelli and Andrea Felici from Circolo Speleologico Romano, one of the oldest caving groups of Italy established in 1904, visited our country with the aim to explore and survey new caves in the Folopa territory in Gulf Province.

The team leader of the three Italian explorers, Guido Baroncini Turricchia said Papua New Guinea has the biggest underground system with many caves that are still unexplored.

Mr Turricchia said they had spent last month between Mount Tawa, Bolo, Negebare and Sirigi villages at the border between Gulf and Southern Highlands provinces and with the help and hospitality of the local community, were able to visit, explore and document 25 new caves and 3 km of new passages.

The biggest underground system, Satoshi-Babelrou, is an enormous cave with seven entrances that was partially surveyed for 2km and offers wonderful formation with column 12m high, coloured stalagmites, eccentric stalactites, an underground river and the biggest chamber of the gulf province: more than 100m long and 80m wide, he said. Mr Turricchia thanked the sponsors, including the power firm Solar made it possible to leave a solar panel to the Negebare local community, and through Helperbit platform, a bitcoin fundraising campaign to sustain sport and education in Folopa area that will be activated soon.

He said other sponsors of the expedition are Manker, Fabric, Darwin Viaggi and TIM.

Before returning back to Rome, they had hosted a presentation of their exploration in Mount Hagen with pictures and sto...


Tonga PM recovering well, expected to attend swearing in of Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prime Minister Akilisi Phiva has been in good spirits since Monday night after being taken to Vaiola Hospital on Friday night.

Pohiva is expected to attend the swearing in ceremony of Members of Parliament in Nukualofa on Thursday.

Kaniva News reports Phiva is in a stable condition.

A Ministry of Health spokesperson said Pohiva was moved to the hospitals Intensive Care Unit after a decision to keep him undisturbed by visitors and other patients at the hospital.

He said the Prime Minister needs to have good rest.

Health authorities did not disclose his illness.

A medical evacuation to New Zealand was planned but later cancelled.


Source: Kaniva News


Meghan Markle closes social media accounts "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Meghan Markle has closed down her Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts, Kensington Palace confirmed.

Prince Harry's fiancee took the decision because the accounts "haven't been used for some time". Ms Markle also ran her own lifestyle website, The Tig, which she closed in April 2017.

The palace said the former actress and UN ambassador was grateful to everyone who had followed her over the years.

The move came after the couple made their first official visit in London.

In December 2017, Ms Markle had 1.9 million people following her posts on Instagram, and more than 350,000 Twitter followers.

Her Facebook page had almost 800,000 likes.

Earlier on Tuesday, Harry and Meghan were greeted by crowds of well-wishers at community radio station Reprezent, in Brixton, which trains youngsters in media skills.

Ms Markle went to the engagement in a Marks & Spencer sweatshirt, Burberry trousers and a Smythe coat.

A DJ at the station, Jeremiah Asiamah, described the pair as a "power couple", and added "they became family in the space of five minutes".

"She's beautiful, such an amazing character, if there's any way you could describe a power couple in this modern day and age, it's definitely them."

The founder of Reprezent FM, Shane Carey, welcomed the visit saying: "We're having the spotlight shone on us from all the world's media."

During the visit Ms Markle picked out male presenter YV Shells, for his work in promoting women on the station.

She said: "Empowering the women to make sure they're in a space where it's not as much [male] driven, to be the man there supporting I think that's incredible."

Harry and Ms Markle also visited Pop Brixton, a community project housing local start-ups and restaurants.

The couple met one of the station's presenters, Gloria Beyi, 17, and her producer Finn Whitehead, 27.

Gloria said there was shock that a such a high-profile couple had visited their radio station: "I think a lot of people thought those two worlds would never collide."

Talking to the teenagers, Ms Markle said: "I can see why your show is so popular. You're so thoughtful and your approach is so engaging."

She added: "I must tune in." more PNG Technology News on :...

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Tuesday, 09 January



The recent saga in relation to the appointment of the Secretary for the Department of Commerce and Industry has prompted me to write this article for public benefit. The process relating to the appointment, suspension and revocation of the appointment of a departmental head is provided for under the Constitution, the Public Services Management Act 2014 (hereafter the Act) and the Public Services (Management) (Employment of Departmental Heads) Regulation 2014 (hereafter the Regulation). This article should answer two primary issues, namely, what is the process involved in appointing, suspending and revocation the appointment and who ultimately makes the appointment, suspension and the revocation of appointment. For space reasons, some detail aspects of the process are omitted.

Appointment of Departmental Head.
The appointment of a departmental head is provided for under Section 193 of the Constitution and Section 27 of the Act. A detailed procedure is prescribed under Division 3 of the Regulation. When an office of a departmental head is vacant or is about to become vacant, Regulation 3.3 requires the Department of Personnel Management (hereafter DPM) to advertise publicly the position vacancy. Following the advertisement an internal selection committee comprising officers at deputy secretary level from the DPM and the departments of PM & NEC, Justice & Attorney General, Provincial and Local-level Government and National Planning interviews and shortlists candidates following a process prescribed by the Regulation. The Secretary for DPM then forwards the selection report and a shortlist of not less than three (3) and not more than five (5) candidates to the Ministerial Executive Appointments Commission (hereafter the MEAC).


Solwara 1 Hydrothermal Vents: Sources of Riches from the Deep Blue Sea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Joanita Nonwo | EMTV | 8 January 2018

The interests in mining the deep seas for its riches date as far as the 1960s with research vessels discovering hydrothermal vents that spew out rich minerals from the earths crust. These vents are very rare, being found only where there are active volcanic and tectonic movements under the sea. 

Hydrothermal vents in simple, are openings in the earths crust of the ocean floor where extremely high temperatures exits, spewing out chemical water rich with minerals. 

Scientists first discovered hydrothermal vents in 1977 while exploring an oceanic spreading ridge near the Galapagos Islands, and to their surprise, found the area to be teeming with very rare marine biodiversity large numbers of organisms that had never been seen before. Flourishing with life in total darkness, toxic chemicals, and extreme water pressure where no life thought to exist. 

It was in the 1980s that the ocean floors of Papua New Guinea was included as a potential underwater mining site off the north-eastern waters of PNG, contained highly graded minerals of copper and gold. T...


BCL to find a way through the window despite ABG shutting the door "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bougainville Special Correspondent

Bougainville Copper Limited has not relented in the face of the recent shut out by the Momis government through the reimposition of the Moratorium on mining in Bougainville. The blanket moratorium imposed has effectively put an end to any talks on mining on Bougainville until after the referendum in 2019. This shut out has not, however, deterred the company, which convened a meeting in Buka last Thursday and has developed a strategy to counter the move by the legitimate government of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Bougainville Copper Limited will now employ a more radical and very ambitious strategy that includes the very controversial Panguna New Generation Leaders (PNGL). This group includes former fighters paid to lobby for mining and also act as a security group for the company. This group had a fallout with BCL in the recent past due to payment issues and their handling of affairs on the ground which is more of a force than a legitimate landowner group.

The key strategy for BCL is the facilitation of a rogue pro-mining element that has the ability to intimidate and harass civilians, just as happened recently to the Melanesian group that entered Bougainville in August of 2017.

Coupled with that, the company intends to use Village Liaison Officers (VLOs) who will target mainly the areas within BCL tenements in and around...


The World Banks Reinforcing Resilience report "IndyWatch Feed"

The World Bank recently released the first biannual report of its newly launched Papua New Guinea Economic Update (PNG EU) series. This is a welcome development, as the PNG EU sequence will stimulate policy debate and the dissemination of information on the PNG economy to policymakers, business leaders, and the wider public.

The report is entitled Reinforcing Resilience and consists of three parts. The first outlines recent PNG economic developments in terms of economic growth, fiscal and monetary settings, and the external sector. The second discusses a set of fiscal, monetary, and exchange rate policy recommendations. The third analyses the state of PNGs health service delivery.

The report contains a number of interesting findings and information on the PNG economy. For instance, inflation is currently projected at around six percent, despite sluggish economic growth and now fixed exchange rate. However, the report argues that if betel nut is excluded, inflation drops to around two percent, which is more consistent with the current economic climate. The drop is explained by betel nuts high weight in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 10.8% and a 34% price rise over the past year (p. 17).

There is also a neat and comprehensive explanation for the puzzling observation that government revenue from the LNG project vastly lags behind the projected K2 billion per year (Box 7, p. 26-28). The report suggests that revenue is determined by the well-head value, which is the difference between LNG-sales and the sum of operating costs, amortisation costs, and capital allowances. According to the Bank, the well-head value can be negative during times of low LNG prices, even when the project generates operating profits. In addition, there are various complex tax exemptions and allowances. Taken together, these factors explain why the project has so far only paid K150 million in royalties, and nothing in corporate tax. Consequently, the report cautions against the provision of such overly favorable terms to future resource extraction projects (p. 25).

The report puts forward a number of fiscal policy recommendations. The Bank advocates for the introduction of fiscal anchors in the form of non-resource primary balance to non-resource GDP and expenditure growth rules, as well as the operationalisation of a sovereign wealth fund (SWF) (p. 31). The authors maintain that the SWF should be designed on the basis of sound governance and transparency principles, fully integrated with the national budget, and stipulate unambiguous and transparent withdrawal rules. The report convincingly argues that such fiscal anchors and SWF would help decouple the governments budget from volatile commodity prices and therefore enhance a more sustain...


Travelling home: A thicket of thugs, thieves & dopeheads "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


PMV pick up
The PMV pick up

PORT MORESBY The Kundiawa airstrip has been out of action and Chimbus working elsewhere in Papua New Guinea and abroad travelling back to their tribal lands must first fly to Mt Hagen or Goroka.

Public motor vehicles, known as PMVs, then ferry these diaspora members to Kundiawa and beyond to even more remote locations.

Travelling home for the festive season, my wife, children and I departed from Port Moresby for Goroka, where we were greeted by the itch of the fresh, cool air of Apo land.

We picked up our luggage only to be mobbed by kids asking to carry it to the bus stop. In case one of them decided to wander off with it, we politely gave a no for an answer.

As usual, Goroka was busy with most people dawdling around town without having showered that morning. Greasy faced and poorly clothed, they obscured the few neat and tidy humans with some money on this government payday Friday.

Outside the bowling club, a mob stood and listened to a frail man with a bible talking about the Pope and the 666 (mark of the beast) staining the Catholic Church.

It seemed he had studied little theology but spent a lot of time reading about the Churchs dark ages.

We then strolled towards the bus stop and the sight was scary. Repugnant youths descended like eagles on every PMV that came to a stop. Some were half drunk and others were surely overcome by marijuana or poverty or most likely both.

The decent passengers had to push and shove through these ruffians to board the bus. The thugs, for their part, expertly frisked bilums and pockets for anything that they could lay their hands on.

The luggage tags from Air Niugini still hung off our bags so they knew we flew into Goroka and may have some money.

I instructed my Aroma (Central Province) wife to look confident and mingle with our highlands mothers at the bus stop to put some distance between her and the thugs.



My Walk to Equality: One year down. What next? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Paradise-Mag-ScreenshotRASHMII BELL

BRISBANE - Today is the one year anniversary of Pukpuk Publications release of My Walk to Equality, Papua New Guineas milestone volume of essays, short story and poetry written entirely by PNG women.

The book was made available on Amazon on 10 January 2017, launched a couple of months later on International Womens Day in March and proved to be a great success.

After a short break, the small project team has resumed planning to put in motion the next steps to address the issues raised by MWTE.

Already, expressions of interest have been submitted to showcase MWTE at several Australian inter-state literary festivals in 2018. These include major events in Sydney and Melbourne.

It is intended that a number of Papua New Guinean-based MWTE writers participate, an experience previously enjoyed by fellow writers Francis Nii, Martyn Namorong and Daniel Kumbon in 2016 and Vanessa Gordon, Elvina Ogil, Helen Anderson and Tania Basiou in 2017. I had the privilege of participating in both years.

The positive rapport developed in the past three years with the Brisbane Writers Festival and Sunshine Coast International Writers Festival is envisioned to continue this year. As always, funding is a crucial factor.

Without the tireless networking efforts and generosity of individuals and a small handful of organisations, PNG literature would not be in the progressive state it is today.

People like Keith Jackson, Phil Fitzpatrick, Bob Cleland, Murray Bladwell, Prof Ken McKinnon, Syd Yates, Jo Holman and supporter and donor Gummi Fridriksson are amongst those who have facilitated this process on a domestic and international level.

The acceleration and improvement in Papua New Guinean publishing has been reflected in the rapid domestic and international attention given to PNG writers. But this has not been reciprocated in financing and the PNG government has shown no interest in the countrys literary output in great contrast with other national social endeavours, significantly that of male-dominated sporting codes.

It is past time that governmental supp...


Media reports on Panguna landowners are misleading "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Axel G Sturm

AXEL G STURM | President, European Shareholders of Bougainville Copper

ANDORRA On Monday the PNG Post-Courier published a remarkable article about the situation on Bougainville and the future of the famous Panguna mine.

Unfortunately journalists in the Pacific region are publishing misleading reports on the situation on the ground and which support that the notorious troublemaker Philip Miriori who works (probably for his own profit) with a reputedly nearly bankrupt Australian mining company, RTG.

Here is the Post-Courier report:

Title holders do not recognise Miriori

The 367 authorised customary heads of the 510 blocks of land within the special mining lease area of the Panguna mine do not recognise Philip Miriori as the chairman of the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association.

Philip Miriori

The title holders said Mr Miriori did not represent them and was trying to advance the interests of disruptive third parties, including the small overseas company RTG which has no mineral rights over Panguna.

Despite the de...


West Papuan activist on trial for treason over independence petition "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

West Papuan activist on trial for treason over independence petition
Campaigners have called for the release of Yanto Awerkion, 27, who faces six years to life in jail if found guilty in Indonesian court

West Papuan activist on trial for treason over independence petition
Campaigners have called for the release of Yanto Awerkion, 27, who faces six years to life in jail if found guilty in Indonesian court
Helen Davidson Tue 9 Jan 18 17.14 AEDT

West Papuan independence campaigners have called for the release of an activist who has been put on trial for treason after he helped gather signatures for a petition.

Yanto Awerkion was arrested for his involvement in a pro-independence petition which gathered more than 1.8m West Papuan signatures.

The petition, calling for a free vote on independence, had been outlawed by Indonesian authorities but was smuggled out of the region and delivered to the United Nations in September.

The 27-year-old man is deputy chair of the Timika branch of the pro-independence West Papua National Committee (KNPB). According to his supporters he was arrested after getting on stage to speak about the petition at an event in May.

West Papuan independence campaigners have called for the release of an activist who has been put on trial for treason after he helped gather signatures for a petition.

Yanto Awerkion was arrested for his involvement in a pro-independence petition which gathered more than 1.8m West Papuan signatures.

The petition, calling for a free vote on independence, had been outlawed by Indonesian authorities but was smuggled out of the region and delivered to the United Nations in September.



US apologises to Japan over repeat accidents "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Japan says the US has apologised for a series of recent accidents on its territory involving American military equipment.

The incidents on the southern island of Okinawa included the emergency landings of two US military helicopters.

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said he was "lost for words" and wanted the US military to "feel ashamed" over the incidents.

The island hosts the largest US military presence in Japan.

Over the past few years, a number of accidents and crimes have led to growing local opposition to the US base.

Speaking to reporters, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera confirmed he had received an apology from his American counterpart:

"The US Defence Secretary James Mattis told me about the details of the emergency landings of US aircraft and apologised for the situation where such incidents have been happening one after the other.

"Mr Mattis said the US fully understood the situation and would deal with it sincerely as a serious issue."

On Monday, a US attack helicopter made an emergency landing in the grounds of a hotel on the island.

The helicopter crew landed the aircraft because a warning light had come on, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reports.

On Saturday, another US military helicopter made an emergency landing on an Okinawan beach because of a faulty rotor.

No-one was injured in either incident.

The US presence on Okinawa in southern Japan is a key part of the post-war security alliance between the two countries. The base houses some 26,000 US troops.

In 2016, the murder of a woman was linked to an ex-Marine employed at one of the bases, which led to a temporary ban on alcohol as well as a midnight curfew.

The US government wants to move Futenma, the largest Marine base in Okinawa, to a more remote location on the island.

But Mr Onaga is leading a campaign to get the US military base off the island completely.

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Incidents in recent months

  • On Monday, a US military helicopter made an emergency landing in the grounds of a hotel after a warning light came on
  • On Saturday, another US military helicopter made an emergency landing on an Okinawan beach because of a faulty rotor...


Air Niugini cancels flights in Wewak "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In light of the recent volcanic eruption on Kadovar Island in the Wewak district, Air Niugini has advised the travelling public that Mondays flight to Wewak was rescheduled due to the dust and volcanic ash fallout over the Wewak township.

Flight PX126 from Port Moresby to Wewak on Monday has been rescheduled to daylight operations today, to allow for better visibility, however, this will be reviewed first thing in the morning to ascertain the situation, the airline said.

Air Niugini assures the travelling public that the situation is being monitored very closely by staff in Wewak in consultation with National Airports Corporation staff.

This will continue on a daily basis until the situation is cleared. It is highly recommended that passengers travelling to Wewak should remain in contact with their booking agent or contact Customer Services 3273409 for updated information on the Kadovar eruption and flight schedule.


Join the queue "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Recent comments by Peter Dutton on Sudanese crime in Melbourne, in support of the Victorian Liberals' attempts to court that old political tart Laura Norder, underline two failures of strategy: in his portfolio, and within the Victoria Liberals in their quest for state government this November.

The end of the line

Immigration policy in Australia was set at the turn of the century by then-Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock, backed by John Howard and his government and only ever tweaked by successive governments since then.

The first thing to say about immigration to Australia overall is that it has increased significantly this century. Where the crackdown has come, and the headlines, is in the refugee and asylum-seeker intakes.

Ruddock developed the idea of a 'queue' for refugees - yes, the world was full of desperate people fleeing war and persecution, but all that was required for such people to enter Australia was to "join the queue", fill out some forms and applications would be processed in due course. People who paid people-smugglers and arrived in Australia by boat without visas were "queue jumpers", denying places on the small (and successively reduced) quota for refugee intake to those who did all the right things and waited patiently.

Here's where Dutton has torpedoed that policy, and made himself look silly: successive Immigration ministers from Ruddock to Morrison told us there were people waiting patiently in refugee camps in Africa unable to enter Australia because bad people from the Middle East tried to jump the queue by coming here on boats. None of the people on Nauru or Manus are from South Sudan. They are people who have come here through the very vetting systems that Dutton now oversees.

If you agree with Dutton that Sudanese gangs are terrifying Melbourne, then it follows that he has failed to vet these people properly. You can't believe that Dutton, with his inflated powers as Home Affairs Minister, is keeping Australia safe if you also accept that he has waved through the very people apparently causing this mayhem. Say what you will about Daniel Andrews, his government simply has no role in immigration vetting. Why detain people at Nauru, Manus, Woodville or anywhere else when you are clearly so careless? Dutton is undermining his own narrative:
"But the short answer is that, if people haven't integrated, if they are not abiding by our laws, if they don't adhere to our culture, then they are not welcome here."
Bit late for that champ.

No journalist has called him on it. Credulous dickheads like...



By Aloysius Laukai
The Department of Economic Development within the ABG has a new Acting secretary.
The acting secretary is CATHY TOROI the daughter of the UNITED CHURCH BISHOP ordained last month, BISHOP ABRAHAM TOROI.
The ABG PRESIDENT CHIEF DR. JOHN MOMIS made the announcement on the ABG Gazette no. 17 of December, 2017.
The President said that under Section 30 and sub section one, of the Bougainville Senior Appointments Act 2014, the Bougainville Executive Council had revoked the appointment of ALBERT KINANI to act in the office of the Secretary for economic development with immediate effect.
The acting appointment is for a period of six months or if the person appointment by the Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee assumes office.
Meanwhile, the ABG President also announced the renewal of MR. GABRIEL PANGTEI to act in the office of the Chief Bougainville Collector of taxes for another six months.



090118 Police in search of a Dead body
By- Trish Baranangko
Police are searching for a dead body which was reportedly seen floating between the vicinity of Sohano and Tsiroge.
Buka Police Station Commander, Senior Sergeant John Popui says it is believed that the body could be that of one of the 18 escapes who met his fate whilst trying to swim across the Buka Passage.
However, Popui says the identification of the body will be known as soon as the body is located.
More to it, the Buka Police Station Commander acknowledged the people of North Bougainville for a trouble free and safe New Year.
Popui thanked the contribution of both the public and his police officers for their effort in making sure peace and stability is maintained during festive seasons.



090118 One Escapee recaptured, 17 at large
By- Trish Baranangko
Police have apprehended one of the 18 escapees who escaped from the Buka Police station cell on the early hours of Tuesday Morning the 2nd of January 2018 while two others managed to escape the scene.
According to the Buka Police Station Commander, Senior Sergeant John Popui, police were able to recapture the escapee at Malasang village on Sunday 7th January 2018. The other two who managed to escape are from Hahon and Malasang.
Mr Popui says police are still investigating into the matter and are working closely with the communities to make sure the law breakers are recaptured and brought behind bars as soon as possible.



090118Sea Cucumber trade, currently illegal in Bougainville
By- Trish Baranangko
The Director for Fisheries at the Bougainville Department of Primary Industry and Marine Resources, Mahara Auhi says that the harvesting of sea cucumber or Pislama by Bougainvillians living along the coastal areas is illegal as of this year 2018.
He says notices have been given to Police officers, Community Government Officers, Fisheries officers and village leaders to report any cases immediately to their nearest police station.
He says anyone caught in the act will be charged accordingly to the law.
The Department is also aware of a Buyer from Solomon Islands who is doing illegal trade at Wakunai, Tinputz and Selau.
Mr Auhi is calling for the authorities to investigate this matter and report immediately if the allegations are true so that parties involved are dealt with by the law.
He is appealing to Bougainvillians living along the coast to respect the law and wait for an appropriate time once the market is open instead of selling at a forbidden time and also for cheap prices.


Vidnes Vikings : Rest in Peace Kato Ottio "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Widnes Vikings are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Kato Ottio, 23.

James Rule, CEO of Widnes Vikings, says: We are devastated to learn that Kato Ottio has passed away this afternoon. Kato was an incredibly talented player, with a bright future ahead of him in Rugby League.

This news is all the more tragic, because Kato was due to travel to the UK this week to fulfil his dream of playing first-grade Rugby League.  We had been in regular contact with Kato and were excited to welcome a bright, excited and passionate young man, who had genuine potential for the future.

Having only learned this morning that Kato had developed a sudden health issue whilst training yesterday, we are in absolute shock to now receive this tragic news. We will be liaising closely with his loved ones to offer them our condolences and support at this difficult time. Widnes Vikings will of course be looking to celebrate Katos life and pay our sincere respects to someone who we believe would have become a hero at our Club.

Whilst we are coming to terms with this news, and still learning the full facts of this situation, we are unable to comment further at this time.

Denis Betts, Head Coach of Widnes Vikings, says: To receive this tragic news is heart-breaking. All of us saw at the World Cup the incredible gifts that Kato had, and his potential to forge a great career in Rugby League. Moreover, in all of our interactions with him, we found Kato to be a person of great character, who was excited to be following his dreams. On behalf of the coaching team, staff and players at Widnes Vikings, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Katos loved ones.


Tongas Reserve Bank warns illegal foreign exchange dealers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The National Reserve Bank of Tonga is urging the public to report illegal foreign exchange dealers.

The Bank said there were shops in Tongatapu and the outer islands offering unlicensed foreign exchange services, including cash conversion.

Only dealers authorized by the Reserve Bank are allowed to move money in and out of Tonga.

Providing foreign exchange services without the required license is an offence, the Bank said.

Illegal dealers have been warned to immediately stop what they were doing.

The Reserve Bank warns that Individuals face three years in prison and fines of up to TP$20,000.

Fines for companies breaking the foreign currency regulations are up to TP$200,000.

Illegal transfers cannot be monitored or taxed and money may not be changed at the legal rate.

According to a World Bank report Tonga on 2016, Tonga was the Pacific country most dependent on money sent home by Tongans working overseas.

The report said remittances made up nearly 33 percent of Tongas GDP in 2015.

About 12,000 Tongans work in Australia and New Zealand under seasonal employment schemes.

 Source: Kaniva News


PNG PM O'Neill expresses shock and great sadness at passing of late Kato Ottio "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guineas Prime Minister and Minister for Sports,  Peter ONeill , has extended the Nations condolences to the family and teammates of the Late Kato Otio.

It is with shock and great sadness that we have learned of the death of Kato Otio, the Prime Minister said.

I extend the condolences of the people of our Nation to the family and teammates of the Late Kato Otio, as we share your grief.

The passing of someone so young, so fit and with so much promise, is hard to come to terms with.

It was only a matter of weeks ago that he proudly wore the colours of Papua New Guinea on the world stage as a Kumul.

We remember his courage and tenacity as rugby league star, and as an all-round athlete.

The Nation will learn more of the health conditions that took the life of the Late Kato Otio.

"We must be patient and as we mourn this sudden passing, and commemorate the life of an outstanding Papua New Guinean.


PNG Government will Work to Strengthen Services Delivery Partnership with the Churches "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Prime Minister, Peter ONeill continued his support of the work Churches do in the communities around the country by attending the Lutheran Synod in Mogl, Chimbu Province.

We are here to show our support for the work Churches carry out in the country, the Prime Minister said.

He said recently the Lutheran Church celebrated 500 years of reform and like any government or institutions, reform is done to help strengthen peoples way of life.

Our Government is behind our Churches but want to see even greater partnership.

The Prime Minister reiterated that Government and Church partnership is very important for the country.

Church leaders work in challenging environment.

The government is supporting a lot of church programs and will continue to support health and education services.

The Prime Minister also urged the church to assist the government to take a strong role in addressing issues such as sorcery related violence, violence against women and girls, and drug and alcohol abuse in communities.

Addressing these issues is not the work of the government only, but we must do this together.

We all have the responsibility to address social issues in our communities.

The Prime Minister said the Governments priority now is on infrastructure development and the Chimbu province will be getting a large part of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Funding.


PNG Attorney-General Davis Steven condemns attack on Chief Justice Sir Injia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Attorney-General of Papua New Guinea, Hon. Davis Steven MP, has condemned the attack on the Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, by a group of men in Enga yesterday.

It is understood the motivation behind the assault was a local issue between villages, and the Attorney-General said there can be no toleration for such acts and those behind will feel the full force of the law.

"The cowardly assault on Sir Salamo Injia by an unruly mob is despicable, the Attorney-General said.

"On behalf of the Prime Minister, and the Government, we are all grateful to know that Sir Salamo is safe and I commend the police officers who provided protection.

Regardless of local motivation behind the incident, an attack on a Chief Justice is an attack on the Judiciary and our system of Government.

The State must protect this important office in the interest of the people of the country.

"Such behaviour will not be tolerated, and our police and will deal with the people involved in this incident.

I expect the perpetrators to feel the full force of law enforcement, and they will answer for their actions.

I have asked for a situation report on the matter from the Office of the Chief Justice, Police Ministry and the Secretary for National Judicial Staff Services.

Sir Salamo Injia is a leader in our Nation, he is highly respected in Papua New Guinea and around the world, and this is how he has been treated by cowards with mob mentality.

What image does this send to people around our country and to our friends around the world?

The people involved in this attack are an embarrassment to the Nation and should hang their heads in shame.




Oleh: M. Muckhlisin


Sehebat apapun ide dan gagasan dalam pikiran Anda, jika Anda tak punya kecakapan dan kejeniusan untuk menuangkannya dalam bentuk tulisan, maka ide-ide besar itu akan hilang dan lenyap, seiring dengan batas-batas usia Anda.

 Pada zaman pendudukan Jepang, para jurnalis dan sastrawan berkarya sesuai dengan koteks zamannya. Pemberontakan terhadap pendudukan Jepang sangat dominan dalam puisi-puisi Chairil Anwar yang fenomenal. Fasisme Jepang marah besar, hingga memutuskan pembentukan kantor propaganda untuk menjegal karya seniman yang dianggap membangkang. Kita bisa memahami jika pada fase ini Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana (STA) absen dan tidak menulis satu karya pun dalam bentuk sastra. Memang karya-karya STA lebih bercorak pro-Barat, serta minim nuansa perjuangan kerakyatan. Meskipun STA memiliki kecakapan yang luar biasa untuk menuangkan gagasannya dalam bentuk karya sastra.

Di era tahun 1960-an, tarik-menarik antara kubu Lembaga Kebudayaan Rakyat (Lekra) dan Manifesto Kebudayaan (Manikebu) sangat mencolok. Lekra lebih mengutamakan pendidikan kerakyatan sesuai dengan garis politik partai, sedangkan Manikebu mengacu pada perjalanan kesusastraan dunia yang sedang berkembang. Dari sisi kepentingan nasionalisme Lekra lebih menonjol, karena sesuai dengan amanat bapak bangsa bahwa kemerdekaan tahun 1945 hanyalah jembatan emas. Bangsa Indonesia harus mencapai kemerdekaan dalam pengertian yang lebih imanen dan mendalam.

Baik kubu Lekra maupun Manikebu, sama-sama membangun benteng pertahanan, bersikukuh pada pendiriannya masing-masing. Agitasi dan propaganda di bidang kesenian terus disemarakkan, seiring dengan munculnya gerakan separatisme yang merongrong kemerdekaan RI (DI/TII, PRRI Semesta dan lain-lain). Hingga tak urung, Pramoedya Ananta Toer menyatakan bahwa di negeri yang subur dan makmur ini, bom waktu kolonialisme kapan saja bisa meletus.

Meletusnya peristiwa 30 September 1965 tak lepas dari pesan-pesan yang disampaikan sastrawan yang beberapa kali masuk nominasi nobel tersebut. Sampai di kemudian hari terhimpun data-data akurat bahwa kepentingan negeri-negeri imperialisme, melalui bantuan-bantuan dana kepada kekuatan militerisme Indonesia (Angkatan Darat) tak bisa disangsikan lagi. Dalam buku Kekerasan Budaya Pasca-1965 (Wijaya Herlambang) disampaikan dengan cermat, bagaimana propaganda dan oligarki di bidang perbukuan, terlebih karya sastra, telah membuat banyak pihak kebakaran jenggot. Terutama para sastrawan sepuh yang selama ini berkarya untuk mengabdi sebagai anak-anak emas dewa kemenangan.

Pemikiran-pemikiran kaum liberal terus diproduksi dan disebarluaskan melalui media massa kapitalis. Hal demikian, untuk memisahkan kesenian yang berbasis kerak...


PNG Chief Justice held up in Enga "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia was attacked in the Tsak Valley of Wapenamenda in Enga, according to Enga acting police commander Epenes Nili.
Nili told The National that Sir Salamo was returning from his Angutamanda village to Wapenamenda at midday yesterday under police escort after spending the weekend there, when the party came across a roadblock.
Another source who was with Sir Salamo confirmed the incident.
Nili said the Wapenamenda Police Station commander and his men were in front but were no match for a large group of men in what was obviously a pre-planned attack.
He said two women from Sir Salamos tribe had been accused of killing a leader from the nearby Aluni tribe recently through sanguma (sorcery).
He said his policemen were also attacked.
Nili said Sir Salamos vehicle turned back and was attacked in the process.
He said Sir Salamo returned safely to his village while police came to Wapenamenda, and with reinforcements, went and cleared roadblocks.
Nili said three of the leaders of the roadblocks were arrested but the rest fled.
My instruction to my men is that all the perpetrators must be arrested and put behind bars for attacking the chief justice, he said.
My men will not rest until those perpetrators are behind bars.
Nili said it was very unfortunate that Sir Salamo had become a victim of a sanguma accusation which was becoming prevalent in Enga.
I totally condemn the actions of these lunatics, he said.
They are wild animals who do not have any respect for the chief justice of the nation.
I call upon all local leaders to immediately hand in all those lunatics involved in this roadblock.
The source said the vehicle Sir Salamo was travelling in was badly damaged and he suffered some injuries.
He said roadblocks were set up at four places along the road between Tsak Valley and Wapenamenda specifically to trap the chief justice.
The source said Sir Salamo was safe in the village but badly traumatised by the incident.

SOURCE: The National/PacNews


Tonga Prime Minister Phiva in stable condition in Vaiola hospital "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prime Minister Akilisi Phiva remains in Vaiola Hospital and was in stable condition according to a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

The spokesperson said Hon Phiva has been moved to the hospitals intensive care unit to avoid being disturbed by visitors who arrived to see him.

His daughter Ana Phiva Koli said on Facebook this afternoon the Prime Minister was comfortable and fine.

Koli thanked the kinga and friends for their prayers in which she said were contributed to the Prime Ministers speed recovery.

Hon Phiva was admitted to the Medical Ward on Friday.



PNG rugby league player Kato Ottio dies at 24 after falling ill at training "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Late Kato Ottio 
Papua New Guinea rugby league player and NRL hopeful Kato Ottio has died at the age of 24 after suffering "a sudden health issue" in training, English club Widnes Vikings has said.Ottio spent two seasons in the Canberra Raiders system but after failing to crack the NRL squad, signed with Widnes in December.

He was expected to travel to England next week to get ready for the start of the new Super League season in February.

The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) said Ottio passed away at Port Moresby's Pacific International Hospital at 2am this morning (local time).

PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said details of the death would be released later.

He said Ottio's body was taken to his home and would be transferred to a funeral home this morning.

The centre was part of the PNG side that lost to England in November's World Cup quarter-finals.

He was the NSWRL's leading tryscorer in 2016 while playing for Raiders feeder club the Mounties.

James Rule, chief executive officer of Widnes Vikings, said Ottio was an "incredibly talented player, with a bright future ahead of him in rugby league".

"This news is all the more tragic, because Kato was due to travel to the UK this week to fulfil his dream of playing first-grade rugby league," he told the team's official website.

"We had been in regular contact with Kato and were excited to welcome a bright, excited and passionate young man, who had genuine potential for the future.

"Widnes Vikings will of course be looking to celebrate Kato's life and pay our sincere respects to someone who we believe would have become a hero at our club."

ABC News


Total steamrolling Papua LNG project against landowner wishes "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Landowners want mapping delayed

The National aka The Loggers Times | January 8, 2018

BAIMURU landowners in Gulf are calling on Papua LNG operator Total SE to defer the social-mapping exercises to allow the landowners to be better represented and informed.
The call is for Total to reschedule the process for Petroleum Retention Licence (PRL) 15 to allow for an awareness programme and more consultations.
Baimuru local level government deputy president Omaro Karara said the communities involved did not know enough of what was going on.
He said the SMLI should be done properly so that the communities can be accurately identified. He was speaking in Port Moresby at the weekend on behalf of the social mapping and landowners identification working committee (SMLIWC) and the PRL 15 landowners.
He said the committee objected to the dates set by the developer because they were told late.
We would like to defer the activity to March 2018 as government accounts will be opened and we will be in a better position to ra...

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North Coast gay couple wed on first legal day "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan were among the first Australian gay couples to tie the knot as the new legislation came into effect overnight. Photo ABC

A North Coast gay couple are among the first in Australia to tie the knot on the first official day of marriage equality in Australia, celebrating the result of a hard-fought campaign.

Athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan got married at Tweed Heads overnight, timing their proceedings so the marriage would become official minutes after midnight.

The pair first met three years ago and said they fell in love straight away before Craig popped the question at Byron Bay in March.

Its a very surreal feeling, Craig told AAP in the lead-up to the event.

Same-sex marriage legislation cleared parliament on December 7, nearly a month after it was revealed 61.6 per cent of participants in a voluntary postal survey backed the change.

Amid scenes of jubilation same-sex couples across Australia were quick to lodge formal intentions to wed and while some were granted exemptions to the four-week waiting period, today is the first official day ceremonies can take place.

In Newcastle, 32-year-old Rebecca Hickson will marry her partner of nine years Sarah Turnbull, 34.

The pair said they wanted to be part of history and planned to also be one of the first couples to tie the knot in a ceremony from 8am.

Weve already had our big hoo-ha ceremony three years ago but now we get to declare our love for each other again and have it recognised as a real union, Rebecca told AAP.

She described the build-up to the postal vote deadline as a horrible time but said the two are now excited to move beyond it.

Melbourne couple Ron Van Houwelingen, 50, and Antony McManus, 53, echoed Ms Hicksons feelings about the postal vote and said no country should have to endure the same horrendous process to legalise gay marriage.

On Tuesday, the long-time activists will also look forward and tie the knot where they first met as performing arts students three decades ago at the former Prahran College of TAFEs David Williamson Theatre.

Im looking really forward to celebrating the victory, Ro...


KOMPIAM'S FRAUD KING MP "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A Member of Parliament is elected to serve his constituents, and is paid handsomely to do it; a minimum of K330,000 a year in take home pay, according to Madang MP Bryan Kramer.

For this princely sum, surely an electorate should expect their member will spend every working hour striving to support their struggles and advance their interests? After all, K330,000 a year is 45 times the national minimum wage and more money than most people could even dream of earning.

If an MP is given the added honour of serving as a Minister of State his take home pay is increased, to reflect the added duties and responsibilities, to a cool K546,000 per year.

After all, said Minister now has not only the weight of responsibility of serving his own constituents, he now has responsibility for a whole government department, hundreds of staff and numerous local, national and international obligations.

No time here, clearly, for personal business interests, nor should there be. After all, that is why a Minister is paid so handsomely, not only to work tirelessly for his constituents, his departmental staff and the Nation, but also to recognise the lost opportunities to pursue his own commercial interests.

So how is it then that a senior government minister, one so burdened by public responsibility and so richly rewarded by hard working members of the public through their taxes, could have the time to register seven new businesses in less than three years?

Especially seven new businesses in sectors as diverse as travel, security, transport, health, real estate and education?

This, it seems, is just what Minister for the Environment, Conservation and Climate Change, John Pundari has been able to do. Starting in February 2014 and continuing through to November 2016, Pundari registered seven new companies.

Network map: The seven new companies registered by John Pundari since February 2014.

In an earlier series of investigative reports, PNGi exposed the...


Solwara 1 Vents a Sources of Riches from the Deep Blue Sea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Joanita Nonwo, EMTV

The interests in mining the deep seas for its riches date as far as the 1960s with research vessels discovering hydrothermal vents that spew out rich minerals from the earths crust. These vents are very rare, being found only where there are active volcanic and tectonic movements under the sea. 

Hydrothermal vents in simple, are openings in the earths crust of the ocean floor where extremely high temperatures exits, spewing out chemical water rich with minerals. 

Scientists first discovered hydrothermal vents in 1977 while exploring an oceanic spreading ridge near the Galapagos Islands, and to their surprise, found the area to be teeming with very rare marine biodiversity large numbers of organisms that had never been seen before. Flourishing with life in total darkness, toxic chemicals, and extreme water pressure where no life thought to exist. 

It was in the 1980s that the ocean floors of Papua New Guinea was included as a potential underwater mining site off the north-eastern waters of PNG, contained highly graded minerals of copper and gold. The project site, Solwara 1 sits on the sea floor at a water depth of about 1600 meters, containing very high grades of copper and gold those that are much higher than those from the land. 

Although there were high costs and engineering challenges that faced the possibility of having the first world under-water mine here in PNG then, there were also questions and concerns raised over the terms of operation and the safety of the ocean against pollution and destruction. 

Nautilus, the company who will mine the PNG sea floor was granted the Environmental Permit in 2009 with its first mining lease in January 2011. 

In a recent radio interview with PNGs Mining Minister, Johnson Tuke, the Minister stated that PNG Government has been open about the project and that Nautilus has released a thorough environmental impact statement. 

This government is responsible. The environment context of it has to be taken on board, and proper due diligence has been conducted already, I suppose... Im really not a marine biologist who has got a preview for you but to the layman understanding, and from what I learnt over the years with Nautilus, Nautilus has given us a feasibility study. That is the reason why the licens...


Two days left to help #FreeYanto "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Two days left to help #FreeYanto

Our campaign to help free Yanto Awerkion has been gaining huge momentum. Thank you to all of you who donated. So far we have been able to help provide Yanto with a top legal team and have made sure people and press around the world know about Yanto.

To help free Yanto we need as many people as possible to Take Action and make a phone call to Indonesia asking for his release. Please see details below.

If you have not yet made a donation to help #FreeYanto, there is still time.



The Modern Slavery Act are we aiming too low? "IndyWatch Feed"

Modern slavery, as defined by the Walk Free Foundation, refers to situations where one person has taken away another persons freedom their freedom to control their body, their freedom to choose to refuse certain work or to stop working so that they can be exploited.  According to this definition, there are an estimated 40.3 million slaves in the world. This number includes 24.9 million forced labour slaves who generate 150 billion USD in annual profits, and 15.4 million forced marriage slaves.

The prevalence of forced labour slaves is greatest in our own neighbourhood of Asia and the Pacific and can take many forms. It may include migrants picking the fruit you eat in Australia or New Zealand, constructing buildings in the UK or coercing a 12 year old Cambodian at gunpoint to work ten-hour days stitching your shirts. During my own research into irregular migration, we discovered migrants who had their documents withheld being forced to pay off people smugglers debt by working long hours without pay.

Many acts of slavery are difficult for Australians to address. What we can do, however, is reduce the likelihood that Australian companies are complicit in supporting modern slavery, particularly forced labour slavery. It is with the goal of supporting the business community respond more effectively to modern slavery that the government has...


Reprising Sil Bolkin an essayist of significance & substance "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sil Bolkin
Sil Bolkin


Originally published in PNG Attitude in February 2017

TUMBY BAY - Kela Kapkora Sil Bolkin has been a consistent and popular contributor to PNG Attitude and the Crocodile Prize for many years.

He also authored a significant book, launched in Canberra in 2013, The Flight of Galkope, a magical combination of Simbu history and myth brought to modern times with a thoughtful discussion about the prodigious Simbu diaspora.

Sil never ceases to surprise with the range of topics he addresses in his journalism. Stylistically, he walks in the footsteps of the great essayists.

His work is informative, topical, funny and quirky and, very importantly, it offers a personal touch. He writes in a style we can call the Simbu School of writing eloquent, realistic, gritty. He has no respect for stultifying political correctness. He won the 2014 Crocodile Prize essay award.

Sil was undertaking post-graduate study at the Australian National University when The Flight of Galkope was launched by Charles Lepani, at the time PNGs high commissioner to Australia.

I flew down from Hervey Bay for the event and found to my dismay that the publisher had lost the entire shipment of books. We were undeterred: the book was launched that day with the single proof copy.

The consignment arrived the following day and, as we were both flying out of Canberra, Sil met me at the airport and presented me with a copy.

Now the essays have begun to appear again. Sil hasnt lost any of his bite and readers can look forward to a steady stream of incisive pieces. Sil Bolkin is a substantial and significant Papua New Guinean writer. Heres one of my favourites.


Papua New Guinea as a banana republic: the Chinese Li Wu


First published in PNG Attitude in February 2014




080118Bougainville Umi Wan Festival to be held in Buka
By- Trish Baranangko
The Bougainville Umi Wan Campaign will be holding a Bougainville Umi Wan Festival from Wednesday 10th to Saturday 14th of January 2018.
The Chairman, Robert Anesia says the Festival is initially a project under the Bougainville Umi Wan Campaign towards Referendum purposely initiated as an awareness avenue for the people of Bougainville to be united in preparations towards Referendum.
The Aim for the Bougainville Umi Wan Campaign is to advocate for and promote peace and unity in Bougainville, promote culture and cultural heritage with its conservations, promote sports and Bougainville music and arts, advocates for good and healthy population, promote and sustain Bougainvilles identity, promotes small to medium enterprise, promotes fiscal self-reliance and advocate for peoples power by the people and for the people of Bougainville.
The first half of the program each day is dedicated to public seminar purposely framed to involve allow the public in public discussions on issues affecting them in the communities.
Anesia says exhibitions of arts and culture will the main highlight of the festival.



BCL hits Panguna hurdle: Momis says it needs a social license "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mothers unite against re-opening the Panguna mine

STAFF REPORTER | Radio New Zealand Pacific | Edited

WELLINGTON - The president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Dr John Momis, says mining companies must win the trust of landowners if they want to operate the Panguna mine.

Last month, Dr Momis placed an indefinite moratorium on mining at Panguna after landowners opposed the return of miner Bougainville Copper Limited.

The landowners said BCL would not take responsibility for the environmental and social impacts of its previous operation.

BCL ran Panguna until the outbreak of civil war in 1989 in which grievances caused in part by the mine triggered a 10 year conflict that cost an estimated 20,000 lives.

Dr Momis said to avoid further conflict Panguna could only be opened with the landowners' consent.

"Because of our concern that it might ignite another war, we decided, on the recommendation of the Bougainville Mining Council, to impose an indefinite moratorium on mining on Panguna," he said.

"The mine can recommence, but we have to ensure that whichever company gets the license must be acceptable to the people. In other words it must win the social license."

The vast Panguna copper and gold mine once generated nearly half of Papua New Guinea's annual export revenue.

In 2016, mining giant Rio Tinto transferred its controlling stake in BCL to the PNG government and the ABG and later BCL won support from the ABG to return to Panguna.

But opposition to BCL came from the Osikaiyang Landowners Association which said it was time for Bougainville to attract a mining partner that would respect the people and make sure they all benefit.

Australian mining company RTG claimed to have landowner backing last month and its chairman Michael Carrick told RNZ Pacific his company was a better option than BCL.

Dr Momis said it was not clear if an Australian company could provide landowners the same benefits as one partly owned by the ABG.

"That may be so but that is not the view of t...



080118Buka Urban Council awaits funding
By- Trish Baranangko
The Buka Urban Town Council has temporarily ceased normal operations due to delay in funding.
According to two senior officers, Rayleen Kidoro and Motsie Kiha, the Buka Urban Council is still waiting for their town Cleaning Grant cheque which was printed two months ago at the Finance office but is still with the office of the Chief Secretary for signing.
Ms Kidoro says the Urban Council is a statutory body that has its own payroll and accounting system and currently, the council have not yet received their funding which caters, town cleaning, area management and payroll for its staff.
Because the council has its own payroll system, with no funding available, some employees were laid off from their jobs.
Ms Kidoro says with no funding the council was unable to do normal cleaning up for the past months.
The two officers says that at this time, business houses and residential areas must be responsible in keeping the town clean by disposing their own rubbish in an environmentally safe way.


Staying alive. Unsolicited advice from an old fart "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Inspector Hari Metau (aka Phil Fitzpatrick)


TUMBY BAY - Our esteemed master of ceremonies at PNG Attitude turned 73 two days ago. Thats his allotted three score years and ten plus three and hes still racing.

No, really, its amazing isnt it? He doesnt look a day over, umm. Well, lets forget that and just say he is as old as he feels.

Anyway, I thought it might be an opportune time to not only wish him well but to reflect on this business of getting old and maybe offer a bit of unsolicited advice to those yet to experience it.

This is all advice I studiously ignored when I was young, so its not mandatory.

First up. May I suggest its a good idea to look after your health, right from the get go. Everything else depends on this simple fact. By this I mean both your physical and mental health.

Dont ingest, inhale or inject stuff thats not good for you. Junk food, booze, cigarettes, buai and drugs may sound like fun at the time but believe me they will eventually catch up with you with a vengeance.

Obesity induced diabetes and joint problems, shot livers, lung cancer and emphysema all hurt and are a bugger to handle when you get old.

Look after your teeth too. Stay off the sugar. You know what they say, if you dont eat you dont crap and if you dont crap you die. Eating becomes really problematic when all your teeth have rotted away and fallen out. Who wants to spend their dotage living on baby food or mashed kaukau?

Keep your brain ticking over. Read books, stay away from the couch in front of the idiot box. Its amazing how a fully functioning brain in your old age will ease the burden. A healthy brain in an old body isnt perfect but it sure beats dementia.

Listen to your elders, especially your parents, when they reminisce and try to tell you about the good old days. One day you are going to sit down and wonder who you are, where you came from, where you are going and why you act the way you do.

Believe me, its inevitable if you are half smart. Its a human need that usually...


Kadovar could turn explosive, landslides and tsunamis possible, P.N.G. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Following the first known eruption of Papua New Guinea's Kadovar volcano that took place on January 5, 2018, the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory (RVO) believes that the eruption could become explosive, posing a risk of landslides and tsunamis. RVO said they...... Read more


Yama asks for spotlight on Yali's eligibility "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Issues relating to the eligibility of former Madang Governor, James Yali, contesting the 2017 National Election, while being convicted of rape will be interpreted by the Supreme Court in Waigani.

The case was adjourned to January 26, after the lawyer of incumbent governor Peter Yama was not present in court last week, to persue the case.

Retired PNG Defence Force Commander, Brigadier General Jerry Singirok and Mr Yali are challenging the election win of Mr Yama.

However, Mr Yama is asking the high court to interpret first, if there are breaches in the Constitution when Yali was allowed by the Electoral Commission to contest the governor's seat when he was a convict.

The court of disputed returns Judge Administrator, Collin Makail says, the case is the first of its kind, and he's interested in Yama's reasons for asking the National Court to refer the case to the Supreme Court for Constitutional interpretation.

NBC News


Papua New Guinean handed a two year suspended sentence for burglary and theft in Fiji "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A Papua New Guinea citizen has been handed two years sentence which has been suspended for two years after he pleaded guilty to a count each of burglary and theft, the Fijivillage reports.

Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa said that the sentence has been suspended to allow San Paro to rehabilitate.

Paro who was studying at the School of Maritime pleaded guilty for entering into a store in Toorak on the 10th of June this year and stealing assorted items and cash to the total value of $2,900.00.

Paro told the court that he was drunk at the time of the offence and that he was sorry for his actions.

Magistrate Boseiwaqa said that Paro had shown genuine remorse and that the summary of facts do not indicate any prior planning.

He adds the offending was spontaneous. source:


Easipya purchases through the Digicel network still out "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG Power Ltd would like to advise its Easipay Customers in Tari, Kokopo, Rabaul, Bialla and Wewak that there is an ongoing issue with delivery of Easipay Tokens through the Digicel Short Messaging Service (SMS).

This is affecting customers who purchase Easipay using their Digicel Credits whereby Easipay purchase transaction is undertaken but the delivery of Easipay token through SMS platform does not happen.
PPL notes that this issue has been ongoing for a month and would like to make it clear that it is not an issue with its Easipay system, but is an issue which the mobile network company has to resolve at its end. PPL has tasked Digicel to rectify the issue for the benefit of the paying Easipay customers as soon as possible.
Easipay Customers who do not receive their tokens via SMS after a successful transaction on the Digicel Network are asked to contact the PPL National Call Centre to retrieve a copy of your token. You can call 7090 8000 or 7500 8000 and

You can also call the Digicel Customer Service Centre to retrieve your SMS with the token.
Customers are also encouraged to purchase Easipay at the Vending Sites, through BSP Mobile Banking, ANZ Go Money Mobile Banking and through the BMobile network to avoid this inconvenience.
PPL will advise of any changes to this issue when it is resolved for customers in the affected areas.


Goroka BSP bank robbed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Goroka BSP Bank robbed. Photo by PNG Today
The Goroka Bank South Pacific (BSP) Branch was robbed this morning by an armed gang who were dressed in Police uniform.

The perpetrators left with K567,000 in cash. During their getaway they knocked down the gate of the bank and bumped one security guard.
They were pursued and are currently hiding in the bush.

The money that was stolen belonged to Shana Trading, a local Chinese owned establishment.

It is believed that there were five robbers made up of three gunmen, one driver and possibly another member of the group seated on the passenger side of the Blue ten- seater Toyota Land Cruiser used in the robbery.

The robbers drove into the corporate clients side of the bank and waited for the cash transfer to happen. Once the transfer was taking place, they forcefully took the cash and then drove at full speed on to the main road, knocking down a gate of the bank and bumping a security guard.

They left the Land Cruiser at a nearby settlement and used taxi which took them towards Kama on the road leading to Behute CIS. It is believed that the taxi then dropped them off somewhere along the side of the road where they then made their way into the bush.

Provincial Police Commander of Eastern Highlands Province Alex Ndrassel says that currently the police are searching for the taxi used in the getaway and are searching the bush where the robbers may be hiding.

No one else other than the security that was hit by the getaway car was injured during the robbery.

By Daniel LOVAI | PNGFM / PNG Today


Its Unlikely That Antidepressants Have a True Effect on Depression "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Almost all placebo-controlled drug trials in psychiatry are flawed due to their cold turkey design.1 Patients who are already in treatment first go through a wash-out period, when everyone is removed from the drug they had been on, and then randomized to placebo or drug. The wash-out period is too short to avoid abstinence symptoms in the placebo group.2

These abstinence symptoms can be the same as those that define the disorder, e.g. depression in depression trials, and the withdrawal effects can be very pronounced. One third of patients in long-term treatment with sertraline or paroxetine had an increase in their Hamilton score of at least 8 during a 5-8 day period where the drug was substituted with a placebo.3

We currently do systematic reviews of psychiatric drug trials at the Nordic Cochrane Centre where we only include trials in drug-nave patients. The only such trial we found of neuroleptics in patients with psychosis was fraudulent (submitted manuscript).

In depression, trials exist in drug-nave patients who have a chronic disease and developed depression in addition to this. An exemplary trial of this type was published in November 2017 in JAMA.4 It studied 201 patients with chronic kidney disease and depression for 12 weeks. Sertraline had no effect. The QIDS-C16 score changed by 4.1 in the sertraline group and by 4.2 in the placebo group; between-group difference, 0.1 (95% confidence interval 1.1 to 1.3; P = 0.82). The authors reported that a difference of 2 points on the QIDS-C16 is equivalent to a difference of 3 points on the Hamilton Rating Scale. The least clinically relevant effect on the Hamilton scale is 5-6.5

The authors hypothesized that the lack of effect of antidepressants  also in other trials in patients with chronic diseases could be due to too low dose or to the presence of comorbidity.

I find both explanations unlikely. Receptor studies have shown that also when low doses a...


PNG Kadovar Island Volcanic Eruption Update "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

During a Press Conference attended by Governor of East Sepik Allan Bird, Member for Wewak Kevin Isifu, Director National Disaster Mose, Secretary of Defense Trevor Meauri and the PNGDF Chief of Staff Col. Numa for the update of what is happening on the Kadovar Island in the East Sepik Province, regarding the volcanic eruption and what steps are being taken to assist the 591 men, women and children of Kadovar Island.
The Kadovar is located at the border of Madang and East Sepik and is one of the six islands in the SCHOUTEN group of islands. According to the Rabaul Volcanic Observatory, Kadovar Island volcano is likely to erupt and if it does, volcanoes on the nearby islands of Ruprup and Biem are also likely follow suit.
Due to the geographical isolation of the islands, evacuation is a difficulty but fortunately two ward councilors from Kadovar and the Ruprup islands took the initiative to organize the evacuation of 591 men, women and children of the Kadovar Island to the Ruprup Island, hence no causalities currently.

All three Islands have an estimated population of 5000 plus but hopefully, the Authorities wont need to evacuate all of them but the planning currently undertaken takes into account the worst case scenario. In the next few days the East Sepik Provincial Government and the National Disaster Office will be getting detail reports from all National Agencies concerned to access the current situation and deal with it in the most orderly and organized manner to assist the victims of this Natural Disaster currently faced.

Currently Police and Defense Force Personnel on ground have been working closely with the Provincial Authorities since day one. A helicopter from the PNGDF Air element has been deployed for reconnaissance of the islands, a PNGDF Patrol boat from Manus will be on standby if there is a need for evacuating a large number of people and a PNGDF Landing Craft will be departing Port Moresby in the next 24 hours with most needed food, water and medical supplies for the islands.

The East Sepik Provincial Government is assuming the worst case scenario and planning and moving things as fast as they can. This includes a complete evacuation of the 5000 people if the 3 volcanic eruption does happen. As per the advice from the Rabaul Volcanic Observatory due to the shallowness of the area and the type of volcano Kadovar is, there is a chance of a Tsunami happening which could endanger the neighboring Isla...


Tongan seasonal worker dies in Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A Tongan man in Queensland with the government-run Seasonal Worker Program has become the 14th person to die while working on the controversial scheme.

The 35-year-old man had been working on a farm in the Bundaberg region and is believed to have been discovered dead in his accommodation early Thursday morning.

The death comes just weeks after a special investigation by The Courier-Mail revealed 13 workers had died on the Seasonal Worker Program, with extreme neglect allegedly contributing to a number of deaths and serious injuries.

A Queensland Police spokesman said officers were called to the property shortly before 7am on Thursday.

He said that at this stage the death was non-suspicious, and that an autopsy would be performed to identify the cause of death.

The Tongan community will hold a memorial service in Bundaberg.

Designed to alleviate labour shortages on Australian farms and provide foreign aid for Pacific nations, the Seasonal Worker Program began as a pilot in 2009.

There have been 13 deaths since the program became official in 2012, at least eight of them in Queensland.

A Workplace Health and Safety spokesman said the office was aware of the death and inquiries were being made.

A spokesman for the Department of Jobs and Small Business which oversees the program said the government was aware of the sad death.

We express our deepest condolences to the workers family and friends and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, he said. On (Friday), departmental representatives arrived at the location to meet with the workers colleagues and other affected persons.

There is a Queensland Police investigation currently underway. The department will not provide further details in relation to this participant out of respect for the family and community.

It is the second death of a Pacific Islander on the Seasonal Worker Program in the Bundaberg region.

In May, 22-year-old Sione Vakameilalo Fifita, known as Vaka, was working for a contractor at Childers when he became unwell and later died.

His family claims he was sick for about two weeks before his death, and his workmates reported he was vomiting blood but received no medical assistance until it was too late.

A lawyer for Vakas employer said he had...


DHERST's Online selection for Tertiary Institutions reliable, says Fr Jan Cuzuba "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Grade 12 online selection has proven to be more reliable than the manual selection by revealing that all students scoring grade point average above 2.2 got selected which saw over 12, 000 selected within four minutes.

Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (DHERST) Secretary Fr Jan Czuba said in 2016, there were 2293 such students and even 66 with GPA above 3.8 missed out.
The online selection data revealed that 47 per cent of the 25, 848 students applied were selected.
With the inaugural use of the online selection system, a total of 12,234 students have been allocated to a study programme, Fr Jan said.
Online selection data revealed that the system selected 12,234 candidates to 164 programmes within four minutes which 98 per cent of places for school leavers filled with candidates who met the requirement.
It stated that this was done in four steps.
Candidates who selected a programme as a first choice and met entrance criteria were put on the waiting list. Finally, 3140 of them were matched to the programmes of their first choice, Fr Jan said.
Candidates on the waiting list were compared with candidates who selected the programme as a second choice, met criteria and were rejected by their first choice.
Best of both groups were matched to the programme. In this stage, the algorithm added 2302 matches.
There was still some space on the list, best candidates who were rejected in step 1 and 2 and met criteria were allocated to the programme. This added 6553 candidates to programmes. The programme then filled the remaining places with best candidates rejected in step 1, 2 and 3. Only 239 candidates were added at this stage.
PCG Accedemia, a Polish subsidiary of the American Public Consulting Group company was outsourced by the DHERST to create this system. more on >> PNG Education News Site

The National/ PNG Today


Kobol to question premature declaration of William Powi by Electoral Commission "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A candidate who had contested the Southern Highlands Provincial Seat in the 2017 National Election, will be asking the National Court to refer the case to the Supreme Court.

Petitioner Joseph Kobol wants the high court to determine if there are Constitutional breaches when the Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato, had declared incumbent governor, William Powi prematurely before counting was completed.

Mr Kobol will return to the National Court in Waigani on January 26th, where he will argue why this aspect of the case should be given to the Supreme Court to deal with.

The Southern Highlands Regional Seat was the last to be declared a month after the national elections had completed in July.

Mr Kobol is alleging that Commissioner Gamato's premature declaration had led to the destruction of properties in Mendi town and the subsequent killing of two police officers.

NBC News - Maivo Lafanama


Staff at PNG Weather Services stop work "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Staff at the National Weather Service have stopped work.

A statement from the office, says it had called off a planned strike in December last year, when they were assured by the Secretary of the Department of Transport that their issues regarding pay will be addressed in the first salary of 2018.

However this has not happened forcing them to take action.

A working committee representing the workers, say the stop work will continue for an indefinite period.

The Committee says that they are now waiting for the relevant authorities to provide an avenue to amicably address their issues.

The action of the National Weather Service will affect PNG's Aviation and shipping industries, maritime communities and the general public.

NBC News - Gregory Moses


Tongas King Tupou VI appoints new government "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

King Tupou VI has reportedly appointed a new government of Tonga with effect from Friday, 5 January, 2018, a reliable source said.

Kaniva News understands letters of appointment were delivered by the palace office to the Prime Minister and all his proposed new cabinet ministers over the weekend.

The appointment was made after Prime Minister Akilisi Phiva submitted his cabinet lineup to the king on Thursday.

It is understood the king was expected to have an audience with the Prime Minister sometime soon.

The Prime Ministers office is expected to officially announce the new cabinet positions this week.

The ministerial appointment comes after Phiva, 76, became Tongas new prime minister on Tuesday 2, accepting reaffirmation to govern from the king after His Majesty dissolved Parliament in August 2017.

Phiva, who won a landslide 14 of the 17 peoples parliamentary seats in a snap election in November following the dissolution, has promised to lead a king, nobility and peoples government dedicated to social justice over the next four years.

New lineup submitted by Phiva

Phiva first announced the new lineup during a private meeting with his Democratic Party in Nukualofa last week before he submitted it to the royal palace office.

A copy of the list of the ministerial lineup was leaked to Kaniva News shortly after the meeting.

Kaniva News sought confirmation of the list from the Minister of Justice before publishing it on Thursday morning. The minister confirmed it and said it has yet to be officially announced because it was being submitted to the king as part of the constitutional process.

The new lineup is as follows:

1.       Samuela Akilisi  Phiva Prime Minister of Tonga; Minister of Defence and Foreign Affairs

2.       Smisi Sika Deputy Prime Minister; Minister of Tourism and Infrastructure

3.       Smisi Fakahau Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries, Forestry and Food

4.       Dr. Phiva Tuionetoa Minister of Finance and National Planning

5.       Penisimani Fifita Minister of Education and Training

6.       Poasi Tei   Minister of Energy, Environment, Information and Climate Change (MEIDEEC)

7.       Akosita H. Lavulavu Minister of Internal Affairs and...


Minister Basil calls on Papua New Guineans to register SIMs for Safety, Security purposes "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Those who have not registered their SIM cards need to do so for the safety and security of all in Papua New Guinea.

Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Energy, Samuel H Basil, said he had endorsed the SIM card registration deadline extension to 23rd January, 2018, requested by the National Information Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) in consultation with the Office of the Prime Minister.

The deadline on SIM card registration on 31st December 2017 was determined two years ago and really should have been driven by relevant authorities and the telecommunications service providers, said Minister Basil.

No one really should be surprised and all should be grateful for the extension.

The ONeill-Abel Government understands the importance of ensuring that telecommunications is maintained both from the perspective of mobile telecommunications service providers and the customers, he added.

Since my appointment as Minister by Prime Minister Peter ONeill, I have been briefed about the SIM card registration exercise, the delays and the implications. I have also been concerned about the importance of cyber security, especially in the context of the hosting of APEC 2018 by Papua New Guinea.

Cybersecurity is about responsible and accountable telecommunications. For example, all motor vehicle owners have to register their vehicles and be licensed to drive their vehicles on the road.  This is for the safety of all and to hold accountable those who are irresponsible and endanger other users.

The Minister said similarly, the SIM card registration exercise is about ensuring that for the safety and security of all; each...


Tools 500,000 years old found in Israel "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Israeli archaeologists have announced the discovery of half-million-year-old stone tools that suggest the cognitive capabilities of the hominids who crafted them were much more similar to our own than previously thought.

Dubbed a kind of stone-age Swiss army knife by one of the archaeologists working on the site, many of the objects found were flint hand axes, among other tools.

The carving of these pieces requires a conceptual leap that allowed them to imagine the desired tool before starting to shape it, said Ran Barkai, the head of the Archaeology Department at Tel Aviv University, emphasising that this was the key to the discoverys importance.

The tools were found in the Israeli Arab town of Jaljulia, located at the edge of the coastal plain near the border with the West Bank.

The findings (at Jaljulia) are amazing, both in their state of preservation and in their implications about our understanding of this ancient material culture, the excavations director, Maayan Shemer, added.

Mr Shemer highlighted the tools technological variety, adding that the investigations can aid scientists in their understanding of Homo erectus, a species of extinct hominid that inhabited the area during the Paleolithic Age.

Because the land on which Israel sits is filled with the archaeological remains of numerous different eras, whenever construction is undertaken the land must first be investigated by experts, often leading to discoveries such as the ones in Jaljulia. BBC


Kikori Delta in PNG set for development "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Great plans are ahead to convert the Kikori delta in Papua New Guinea into a free economic zone, and this includes the construction of a 100 room hotel.
Local Member for Kikori and Minister for Community Development Soroi Eoe said in partnership with the PNG Government, the district development authority, investor YuEm Boss Limited and the landowners, they would develop the delta to create the free trade zone, a model that is similar to that in China.
The proposed economic zone would include infrastructure, schools, health facilities, economic growth centres like hotels and accommodation.
Mr Eoe said for too long the people of Kikori have been misusing millions of kina from the Kutubu oil project, the PNG LNG project and timber royalties. The upcoming Papuan LNG would bring more benefits that under his leadership he wanted to see the funds translated into sustainable benefits and investments for the future.
He said similarly the landowners have been missing out on a lot of money from LNG, oil and logging operations.
He said in line with his DDAs plans, he is in support of YuEm Boss Limited to invest in the district including the K15 million, 100 rooms hotel and ecotourism industry to create opportunities and empower the people, a long term investment that would change the landscape of the district.
He said he is in full support of the investment decision by the Kikori sub district resource association led by chairman Peter Keisa Iari and chief executive officer of YuEm Boss Limited Danny Linny.
He said over the next five years they will focus on the free trade economic zone, the development of the deep water port and the construction of the LNG processing facility in the province.
Mr Linny said he wants to include the landowners in all development initiatives in the district, as he wanted them to take ownership and empower them in the long run.
He said a team will visit China and see how similar free trade zones are established and function so that they can duplicate the idea or improve on it.
He said Kikori has the potential to become an important trading zone that would be supported by the governments plans to develop the deep water port, the Gulf Southern Highlands highway connecting all the five highlands provinces, the huge logging projects and the second LNG project.
Mr Linny said building the 100 room hotel is only the beginning of many projects his company wanted to partner with as many landowner groups and governments.
He sai...


APEC will boost PNG's Economy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Minister for Treasury Charles Abel is confident that the economic prospects for the country will be boosted with a rebound in resource prices and PNG hosting of APEC meetings this year.

Through 2018 and beyond, with the rebound in resource prices, and as we move towards the construction phase of the Papua LNG project, we can be confident, but we must also continue to exercise discipline starting with the delivery of the 2018 Budget.

The 2018 year will be very important for Papua New Guinea as we host more than 15,000 delegates, ministers and leaders from the APEC region.

APEC provides an opportunity to showcase the trade and investment potential of Papua New Guinea.

While also provides our economy with the opportunity to make a positive contribution to regional economic growth and development.

Mr Abel said this when welcoming the 2017 Article IV country report from the International Monetary Fund, that provides analysis of economic governance in the nation, including the initial policy decisions of the new Government.

Referring to the latest IMF country report, Mr Abel said the Government, working through the Department of Treasury, has seen increased engagement with development partners including the IMF who provide important economic advice and support.

The Article IV report is frank in acknowledging the challenges facing the PNG economy, but is predicting improvements in 2018 on the back of a 2.4 per cent growth in GDP, up from 2.2 per cent in 2017, the Deputy Prime Minister said.

The IMF recognises that this outlook does not factor in any of the emerging resource projects such as the Papua LNG, PNG LNG project expansion, Stanley Gas, Wafi Golpu or Frieda River. Press Release

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Sunday, 07 January


Call to have equal sharing of benefits from resources owned "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jack Lapauve Jnr. | EMTV | 7 January, 2018

The President of Resource Owners Federation PNG is urging the National Government to be a firm regulator in the Mining, Gas and Oil sector.

Jonathan Paraia said resource owners in the country have been pushed to the side by the Government in many of the projects.

He said if the Government takes centre stage, resource owners around the country will continue their struggle to claim benefits.

According to a report by Mineral Resource Authority, almost more than half of Papua New Guineas income comes from the Oil, Gas and Mining sector [false!].

And with more explorations around the country, there is opportunity to pass the current rate. But the President of the Resource Owners Federation said there is no real benefit for resource owners.

Mr Paraia [sic] the Government must not interfere, but embrace resource owners for equal sharing of benefits.

Mr. Paraia believes benefits of the resources the country boasts about is not equally shared among the key stakeholders.

He said it is time the Government thinks of its people and provides that ownership platform to resource owners.



Seasonal Worker Program: bigger and better in 2016-17 "IndyWatch Feed"

Data released by the Department of Employment indicate that it has been another year of rapid growth for the Seasonal Worker Program (SWP). Growth was down from the 50% of 2015-16, but still high at 37%.

Seasonal Worker Program visa numbers

Rapid SWP growth may be a result of a fall in backpacker numbers, moves by state governments and supermarkets to more tightly regulate horticultural labour (which favour use of more regulated schemes like the SWP), and good feedback from those farmers using the scheme. On the supply side, there is no shortage of Pacific islanders wanting to participate in the scheme, with potential participants vastly outstripping the number of jobs made available by employers.

As well as growing in size, the SWP is becoming more diverse. In 2012-13, 81% of workers were from Tonga. That figure is now down to 44%. More than half the growth in the number of workers in 2016-17 was due to Vanuatu, whose share is now 35%. Timor Leste and Samoa are in third and fourth place respectively, and together the top four countries send more than 90% of all SWP workers. Some of the miscellaneous other countries did have a good year (PNG grew from 42 to 139, Kiribati from 20 to 124), but off a very low base.

Seasonal Worker Program country composition


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Friday, 08 September


British alien, Richard Martin, sends sexually abusive messages to PNG woman on FB "IndyWatch Feed"


Richard Martin is a British man who has been residing at Bubia Primary School in Lae. He came to Lae, allegedly, to follow up on his unpaid entitlements owed to him by Bola Motors, the Chinese Company he worked for. I have no issues with that.

However, he has verbally abused security guards, accused policemen of receiving bribery money. He is constantly online issuing veiled insults on Facebook against Papua New Guineans. He thinks PNGeans are stupid, uneducated and weak. He insulted the Prime Minister, Peter ONeill.   Going further to post his number on Facebook daring the PM to call him if he was unhappy.

The guy lacks cultural sensitivity and decency.

He tries to gain legitimacy by raising funds for Bubia Primary School. He goes into the classrooms and forces students whose parents dont have a regular income to buy tickets. At one point he used foul language to drive home his point to children. People are intimidated by this ugly character.

He has been abusive to officers at the Foreign Affairs office. He has been rude to police officers and security guards without considering the fact the he is a GUEST in this country and this IS OUR country. He mocked lawyer Simon Ketan about his job and Ketans five kids.

He also attached immigration boss Solomon Kantha while pursuing his case against Bola.   At Bubia Primary School, Richard has taken over a classroom calling it Alexias Room after his daughter. He walks about like he owns the p...

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Monday, 04 September


UPNG toilets, and they expect the government to fix it for them "IndyWatch Feed"

How can students who dont take responsibility to clean a toilet be entrusted to run this country? 


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Wednesday, 30 August


We demand harsher penalties for rapists "IndyWatch Feed"


Dear Justice Minister,

If you wont implement the death penalty   for rapists, the people will. We are sick and tired of assholes who think that rape is a god given right and they can take whoever they want from women and children.

We call on you to address the high rate of sexual assaults in the country. The community have acted because these lowlifes keep getting off free through the justice system.

We want them sentenced to death for raping children. If not, more balls will be cut off.



Child rapists have their balls but off by relatives of 10-year-old girl "IndyWatch Feed"

rapistsTripla turangu ya pilim pen na silip.

This reportedly happened in Sabama, Port Moresby.  Three child rapists were caught and their most prized possessions removed without anesthetic.   If you want to rape, make sure  yu rausim bol blo yu na lusim lo haus. Sapos nogat, ol brata na uncle blo pikinini bai rausim trasis blo yu na rausim bol blo yu.


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Thursday, 10 August


If you cant arrest the PM, GET OUT OF THE WAY! "IndyWatch Feed"

Dear Gary Baki, 
As Commissioner of Police, your job is to uphold the laws of this country. Your actions say otherwise. Justice Makail stated very clearly that the laws are for everyone INCLUDING  the person who holds the office of the PM.  I repeat The Office of the PM. You have done little to safeguard both the PMs office and the COPs office which, ultimately, belong to the citizens of Papua New Guinea. 

Why cant you do your duty? Are you afraid of losing your job? 

Jerry Singirok demanded the resignation of Sir Julius as PM. He lost his job and gained support of millions of people. 

We expect you to do the right thing. We dont want watered down press statements and excuses. 

You are a cop. Make the arrest!

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Monday, 07 August


Health Department media release says Free Health Care is in trouble "IndyWatch Feed"


This is a statement released by the National Department of Health. It says  that health facilities are having difficulty staying open because of a shortage of funds.

THE Governments central agencies have been told in no uncertain terms that the financial crisis facing the health sector will mean some services have to be closed down unless funds come somewhere.

On Wednesday, while the newly-elected MPs sat in Parliament for the election of the new Prime Minister and the Speaker, it was business as usual for the public service: the three-day 2nd Quarter Budget Review for government sectors was on in which it was heard that the financial woes facing the government was serious.

Top health beaurecratics from around the country attending the review had also informed the central agencies that health facilities have to make money to stay open by charging fees; the user-pay policy was scraped under the Governments free primary healthcare policy.

The other options would include diverting funds from areas like development programs to cater for essential services until the country is on a strong financial footing.

At the meeting were Deputy Health Secretary, National Health Policy & Corporate Services, Ms Elva Lionel; Executive Manager for Strategic Policy Mr Ken Wai; Executive Manager for Corporate Services Mr Paul Dopsie and representatives of the Christian Health Services and Chief Executive Officers of Hospitals and Provincial Health Authorities from around the country.

Chief Executive Officer for Milne Bay Provincial Health Authority Billy Naidi said the money earned from...

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Sunday, 06 August


Government hospital move to make money off snake bite victims Condemned! "IndyWatch Feed"

snakeyThe Charles Campbell Toxinology Centre condemns the decision by PMGH management to charge snakebite patients a K15000 fee for antivenom. We have provided hundreds of vials of antivenom to patients at PMGH, and at no time have we ever charged any fee, and as long as we continue to provide expert services to manage patients at PMGH, we will never charge any fee for any antivenom product we provide to the hospital for the treatment of any patient.
We understand that there are times when no antivenom is available to the hospital from the AMS through Department of Health purchasing. This is because the Department does not purchase adequate supplies, nor do they consult us as to advice on which antivenom to purchase or where to distribute them, despite our constant willingness to assist them in any way possible. However the decision by PMGH to seek full cost recovery from patients with absolutely no financial means whatsoever to pay such a fee is short-sighted, poorly considered and need to be reviewed immediately. The new government is urged to immediately release funds to support the operation of the hospital and the supply of life-saving services and medicines, including antivenom. Unless the PMGH decision is reversed it will turn back the clock on increasingly positive health-seeking behaviors that have seen snakebite patient numbers rise to between 300-400 cases/year...

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Sunday, 30 July


John Kaupa, You are are disgrace! "IndyWatch Feed"

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John Kaupa,

You are a fool and a political prostitute! Your promiscuity deserves several awards of the highest order.   For 20 years you walked the streets as a failed politician in Port Moresby. You tried and failed against the likes of Casper Wollom. People didnt want to vote for you. They saw you for who your are a corrupt, self-serving bastard.

Your failed attempts at politics clearly showed you that you are a fake leader. You succeeded in this election ONLY because of Kerenga Kuas credibility. Otherwise, you are nothing.

Kerenga Kuas brilliance, credibility and national standing sanitized your sorry reputation as a thug and gutter rat.

The Simbus who voted for you in Port Moresby, voted not because of you but because of Kerenga Kua.

They voted because a good man was head of the party that endorsed you. They voted because a good Simbu was in charge.

Simbus are a proud group of people. Their pride and reputation has been tainted by your poor representation of them.

You are a traitor and disgrace. Simbus and the people of Moresby North East do not deserve this.



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Saturday, 29 July


Third attempt to kidnap an MPThis time in Simbu! "IndyWatch Feed"

kidRetired Major General Jerry Singirok and East Sepik Governor elect, Allan Bird, have reported that helicopter was used by criminal elements within the PNGDF in an attempt to kidnap the Kerowagi MP elect Bari Palmer.

The soldiers also bashed up supporters and burnt a vehicle. A senior PNGDF officer is reported to have been arrested after he attempted to smuggle the writ to a different location.

Governor elect for ESP, Allan Bird, who witnessed the attempted kidnapping of Ijivitari MP, Richard Masere, on Thursday called for immediate intervention by the PNGDF commander.

3rd attempt to kidnap currently underway. PNGDF using a yellow chopper road blocked PNG Party declared candidate in Chuave and are in the process committing this act!

On Thursday, PNC thugs led by failed politician, David Arore, tried to kidnap Richard Masere at Jacksons Airport.


Open letter to Charles Abel & Richard Maru: Lusim PNC "IndyWatch Feed"


Dear Charles Abel and Richard Maru,

We urge you both to leave the PNC camp and join with the good, right thinking   MPs gathering in Kokopo now.

You both are too intelligent to have your names and reputations dragged through the mud by being associated with Peter ONeill and his thugs.

The PNC and desperate Kaikai man laik David Arore are willing to threaten and kidnap MPs. By association, you are guilty of serious crimes.    By association, you are also guilty of the most recent attempt to hijack another MP in the Western Province.

You have to come away from this disgraceful criminal actions done by the PNC and its supporters. Papua New Guinea needs your wisdom and leadership along with Sam Basil, Dr. Allan Marat and Kerenga Kua.

You might not like some of them, but we know you can work with them. They are reasonable people who, like you, have the people interests at heart.

We urge you to move over. Do not be afraid to make the move and the time is now.

Resign from PNC. Leave them to rot from the inside. The rot is already showing. It stinks of criminals who are willing to do anything for power.


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Wednesday, 05 July


Corrupt Madang journalist exposed in Facebook post "IndyWatch Feed"

Dorothy Mark works for National Newspaper in Madang. She has been known to solicit money from people she reports on. Shes also known to send invoices to district administration on behalf of Madang MP Nixon Duban.Latest news, is that she got the Election Manager for Madang Peter Yasaro to sign a letter with the El...

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Sunday, 25 June


Judge recommends MPs prosecution for role in fraud "IndyWatch Feed"

MP Joseph Lelang is the latest to be implicated in the scandals surrounding Eremas Wartoto

MP Joseph Lelang has already been the subject of a Leadership Tribunal, where he pleaded guilty to failing to file his annual statements. He has also been recommended for prosecution by the Task Force Sweep, now the National Court is recommending his prosecution

Source: Radio New Zealand

A Papua New Guinea court has recommended the prosecution of an MP for his role in facilitating a multi-million dollar fraud.

Eremas Wartoto was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Friday. The sentencing judge has recommended a MP, Joseph Lelang, also be prosecuted for his role in the fraud. 

On Friday, the National Court sentenced a businessman, Eremas Wartoto,...

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Thursday, 22 June


New governance watchdog PNGi exposes ONeills business networks "IndyWatch Feed"

Masthead today from the PNGi Central website. Image: PMW

Source: Pacific Media Watch

PNGi is set to revolutionise governance in Papua New Guinea by cracking open the secrets of the rich and powerful and exposing them to public view.

Using the latest digital technologies, PNGi aims to investigate, analyse and expose the often hidden and opaque systems standing behind the abuse of political and economic power.

Its two flagship resources are the PNGi Portal and PNGi Central websites. They have been established and are sustained by an informal network of academics, activists and journalists involved in researching and writing about current issues in Papua New Guinea.

In accordance with a robust risk assessment process, in some instances, contributors are protected by publishing their work anonymously, said PNGi in a response t...

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Tuesday, 20 June


Corrosive culture of corruption "IndyWatch Feed"

Source: Kessy Sawang, The Papua New Guinea Woman 

Sir Mekere, our former Prime Minister, likened corruption to cancer, presumably the malignant type. Sam Koim, former head of Task Force Sweep, described the rising tide of corruption using the boiling frog tale descriptive but a parable nonetheless as it is scientifically incorrect. But if we focus on the point being made, which is that unless we are alert to the slow and gradual threat of diminishing governance and the growing scale of corruption these can go unnoticed and become accepted as the new norm threatening democracy and our countrys development.

These concerns seem apt when we consider the performance of the last term of Parliament and the Executive Government. The ONeill Government swept into power on a wave of optimism and promises that it would tackle the problem of corruption and restore good governance. The Alotau Accord captured the commitments made by ONeills Government to the people of PNG of the initiatives it would undertake. There were pledges to continuing the fight against Corruption by proper funding and institutionalization of the inter-agency committee against corruption in particul...

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Wednesday, 31 May


Leo Dions lawyer tries to gag PNGLoop over incest case "IndyWatch Feed"


Lawyers claiming to represent Deputy Prime Minister,  Leo Dion, have threatened to sue PNG Loop saying the incest claims the media company was following were false.

But this is not the first time the bold Knight of the British Empire has tried to silence people who tried to sniff out the truth.  We do know he used his power and influence to stop police investigations.

Police are cowards. They cant arrest people like Sir Incest because em bikman tumas.

Now they are making up excuses like a vetting committe needs to decide if they can investigate the incestuous beast.

He took advantage of his two orphaned two nieces who were in his care. The community knows and police know.

Why cant he be arrested? Yupla poret?





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Sunday, 14 May


What we know so far about these guys "IndyWatch Feed"



  • They are NOT part of a  government agency.
  • They are Private Military Contractors.
  • They are ex-military
  • The official explanation from top cops is that they are part of a US Navy Seal Team here to train our cops in anti-terrorism methods. That story is believed by the rank and file.
  • Real story is that some people high up authorized their entry.  Their presence is political in nature according to sources.  They are also providing security for certain people in the high echelons of government.
  • They have, effectively, infiltrated command and control systems within the RPNGC.
  • They are/maybe  in breach of the constitution
  • They are using the general fascination of guns by Papua New Guinean  as part of their subtle PR drive to condition people including children to accept them.
  • They are taking advantage of the images we see in movies and playing on that stereotypical view of them as heroes.
  • Apart from a few, the cops are too stupid to question their presence.



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Saturday, 13 May


Brian says he wont be avoiding arrest. So yeah, go arrest him in Madang "IndyWatch Feed"


Around midday yesterday (12/05/17) I started to receive messages from sources to warn me that there were plans to have me arrested at Jacksons Domestic Airport.

Normally I ignore such rumors but it was under the same circumstances I was arrested back in November 2014 by 14 members of Police Force following my article about the Ombudsman Commissions decision to refer Peter ONeill to Leadership Tribunal over K3 Billion UBS loan.

The charges against me were conspiracy to commit murder, of course they were falsified and ultimately failed.

Now I understand following my recent articles involving the Prime Minister including exposing high-level corruption there are some people in high places who are feeling extremely uneasy.

I responded to the messages it would be unlikely I would be arrested today on account I was in Madang attending International Nurses Day at Modilon General Hospital.

I received an invite to speak at the event in recognition of my work in the community including transporting sick women and children to hospital from remote parts of the province.

On the assumption the rumors are true I would like to advise those behind it that please feel free to travel to Madang to effect my arrest.

You will find me driving on my own without an armed police or security escort. I spend most of time in rural villages among real people struggling to get by on account our Prime Minister Peter ONeill has stolen or mismanaged funds that were suppose to pro...

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Friday, 12 May


Have Pangu Pati executives been paid off to break Pangu? "IndyWatch Feed"

Dear Mr.  Tovebae [General Secretary of Pangu] 
and Mr. Pundao, [President of Pangu]

We want to know why you are pushing for  disunity and fragmentation of a party resurrected by Sam Basil and the people of Papua New Guinea through their own contributions?

 Have you been paid off to create chaos and disunity? 

You both as General Secretary and President should be the first ones to 
support the leadership  and act as a bulwark against outside forces. Instead you are allowing 
political rivals to influence and exploit your differences. You dont represent 

Thursday, 11 May


Breaking: #PNG PM sacks Pruaitch as Treasury Minister "IndyWatch Feed"

Minister Pruaitch Relieved of Treasury Portfolio

Approved for Release: 11 May 2017

Office of the Prime Minister

Papua New Guinea

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, has announced that the Member for Aitape-Lumi Open, will now serve as Minister without portfolio.

Prime Minister ONeill said the decision to relieve the former Treasurer of his portfolio was made in order to maintain confidence in the economy and ensure responsible administration of the Treasury portfolio.

The Honourble Patrick Pruatich has been relieved of Treasury responsibilities and will remain as minister without portfolio until after the elections, the Prime Minister said.

Following recent comments, that have only served to undermine the work and function of the Treasury, his position has become untenable.

These recent claims on the economy, for which he has had sole responsibility as Treasurer for the past five years of this Government, have undermined his role and credibility.


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