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Monday, 13 November


Meetings to determine Pangunas future "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Cedric Patjole | PNG Loop | November 11, 2017

Two meetings have been identified as key events that may determine the timeline to rebuild the Panguna Mine in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

According to Business Advantage, Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) chairman, Rob Burns, says the meetings, to be held in November and December, include a mediation as well as a wardens hearing.

The first meeting on November 23 and 24 is the third round of mediation talks to settle a dispute over the chairmanship of the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association (SMLOLA).

SMLOLA is one of the nine landowner associations in the project area.

A dissident landowner, Philip Miriori, is at the centre of the dispute, along with his cousin Lawrence Daveona, who both lay claim to the chairmanship.

The second event on December 11 and 12 is the wardens hearings on the five-year renewal of the mining exploration lease, currently held by BCL.

Under the Bougainville Mining Act 2015, the Autonomous Boug...

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Sunday, 12 November


Bulolo opposing new mining exploration "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bulolo township

The National aka The Loggers Times| November 10, 2017

THE Bulolo district administration is strongly opposing a licence for exploration activities near the town because the land had been damaged by past explorations, Administrator Tae Gwambelek says.

The administration is supporting the move by the business community and PNG Forest Products  (PNGFP) after the Mineral Resource Authority  (MRA) issued EL2544 to the Wabu Alluvial Mining company  (WAM).

Administrator Tae Gwambelek said Australia had done enough damage to land in Bulolo leaving behind huge craters on which the township was built.

History will never be repeated again, Gwambelek said.

We have Hidden Valley and Wafi-Golpu mining including many small-scale activities. That is enough.

Gwambelek said the Bulolo district development authority also acquired an exploration licence from MRA to conduct explorations outside W...


Kiribati is not Titanic, said Kiribati President "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kiribati President Taneti Maamau has stressed for the first time to the world his governments strong stance on the issue of climate change.

In a 14-minute video that will be presented to the world at the COP23 meeting in Bonn Germany, President Maamau stressed that his government agrees that climate change is a serious problem to Kiribati but it will not sink.

Climate change is indeed a serious problem to Kiribati but we dont believe that Kiribati will sink like the Titanic ship. The Titanic ship is different. It is built by human hands whilst our country, our beautiful islands are created by the hands of God, declared President Maamau.

Maamau said his government will do its utmost capability to try to build the capacity of the people of Kiribati with the idea of building Kiribati into a resilient and improve the adaptive capacity of its people so they can enjoy a peaceful living in their beautiful islands.

Weeks before his departure to the COP23 meeting, President Maamau convened the first KV20 National Summit attended by youths, women, old men, Mayors and clerks  from the countrys 23 inhabited islands with the theme Wealthy, Healthy and Peaceful Kiribati.

The Kiribati Vision 20 Years (KV20) is the countrys longer term vision for twenty years where fisheries and tourism are the main priority areas which can speed up the development of the country.

In his opening remarks, Maamau told participants that hes ready to spread Kiribatis message to the world that Kiribati is not going to sink.

I am now ready to spread a message to the world that Kiribati will not sink. Were thankful; Ive read a letter from Pope Francis which Ive received regarding his belief on climate change. The letter doesnt say that world will sink, said President Maamau.

The letter only mentioned Gods will such as human activities and how humans dont take good care of the resources theyve been given and how highly theyve admired those resources in a way that it will later destroy them.

He said the people of Kiribati shouldnt be worried about what has been said about their country globally that it will sink.

We shouldnt be worried. Its very misleading that Kiribati will be sinking like Titanic. We shouldnt be worried. Weve been threatened. The people of the world have been threatened that Kiribati will be sinking.

This is misleadi...


Rich Countries say they wont pay to compensate for weather-caused damage "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The worlds rich countries, including those in the European Union and Australia, say they strongly disagree with a proposal to include financing the impact of weather-caused disasters in Loss and Damage negotiations in the United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Bonn.

We have to prioritise disaster, but not all disasters are fed by climate change, said Australian negotiators in a prepared statement at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change, a follow-on to the pathbreaking Paris Agreement on climate change in October 2016.

Loss and Damage, a term used frequently in the negotiations especially by developing and least developed countries, refers to permanent losses such as lives, species, and habitat and repairable damages such as roads and other infrastructures caused by the impact of climate change impact. These are losses and damages that cannot be addressed by adaptation.

Two important discussions surrounding loss and damage are the concept of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) and compensation (finance). CBDR is a principle of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that recognises the historic responsibility of rich countries in carbon emissions and makes them liable and accountable to developing countries experiencing climate change impacts. Developing countries have asked for financial support for loss and damage, which developed countries have strongly opposed.

To the surprise of many, the loss and damage concept was included in the Paris Agreement. However, the language was regarded as watered down, with no mention of legal responsibility or financial obligations by rich countries, which are blamed for the enormous amounts of greenhouse gases passing into the atmosphere and are considered responsible for global warming. Instead, the agreement lists possible areas of cooperation such as early warning systems and insurance facilities. The finance provisions of the Paris Agreement also do not include loss and damage.

COP 23 is led by Fiji, a country that has suffered from loss and damage the government says has been caused by rising temperatures and extreme weather events. It doesnt come as a surprise then that the issue of loss and damage has been greatly raised in this round of COP negotiations. More importantly, the issue of finance has been put in the spotlight.

Developed countries, however, claim that there has been insufficient evidence to make a correlation between climate change and extreme weather events.

Its hard to relate specific extreme weather events to climate change. For example, the link between frequency of hurricanes and climate change is not properly defined, there is no statistical evidence, Pierre Candelon, representative of the UNFCCC youth constituency YOUN...


Chinese-made aircraft delivered to FSM "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A Chinese-made Y-12E aircraft was delivered to the Federated States of Micronesia, an island nation on the Western Pacific, on Friday.

The aircraft was manufactured by AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co., Ltd.

"It will be used for cargo transport, rescue and medical services in Micronesia," said Liu Huinan, deputy chief engineer at the company.

The purchase order was obtained in 2013, he said.

Consisting of more than 600 islands, Micronesia has a stronger demand for air transportation.

The short-haul Y-12 series aircraft are used mainly for passenger and cargo transport, geological exploration, ocean monitoring and agriculture. The aircraft has obtained certification in more than ten countries including Russia, the United States and France.



Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Dr Michael Gloster OAM, a prominent member of the Noosa community, is seeking to contact
TE (Tos) Barnett, a former judge in Papua New Guinea. If any reader can assist please email me here



The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in February this year, issued a country report on PNG. One of the issues addressed is corruption.

The old saying that the fish rots from the head down, is reversed by DFAT. They suggest that in PNG, the rot begins at the tail, within grass-roots communities, slowly travelling up the spine, to rot the head senior politicians and public officials.

This is how the argument is framed by DFAT:

Corruption in PNG takes a number of forms. What outsiders call corruption may often reflect the wantok obligations of the individuals concerned. For example, virtually all politicians need to reward their supporters in material and tangible ways, ranging from providing projects to villages and districts which voted for them, to ensuring contracts are directed towards leading supporters. MPs (and candidates) are also under considerable pressure to assist their constituents pay school fees, funeral costs, bride prices and other expenses. Most PNG citizens accept such practices as being more or less consistent with their expectation of their elected representatives. Politicians who violate the basic understanding that while they benefit from incumbency, their supporters should receive a share are unlikely to be re-elected. These practices can create a permissive environment for much more systematic exploitation of the government system for personal benefit, with little or no pay-off for local communities.

Before we single out the Australian government, it ought to be noted other international donors, draw similar conclusions. Take the World Bank:

A particular characteristic of the traditional culture of PNG is a system of relationships/obligations between individuals connected by a common origin, hailing from the common geographic area, sharing a common kinship and common language [which] can provide a strong incentive for nepotistic and corrupt practices.

Remember, these views are not inconsequential. The Australian government and World Bank are not only major donors and funders, they also have considerable influence on policy and government action.

How they have managed to see everything upside down is a question for another day. But lets put things the right way up.

First, ther...


It looks like the government is again stalling over ICAC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

CorruptionEDDIE TANAGO | Campaign Coordinator, Act Now!

PORT MORESBY - Community advocacy group Act Now! says it fears the government is deliberately delaying plans to establish an Independent Commission Against Corruption.

On Friday, prime minister ONeill completed 100 days in office since his re-election, but he has failed to bring the ICAC legislation before Parliament.

This is despite promises from Justice Minister Davis Stevens in September that establishing an ICAC was a priority for the government and all efforts were being made to make it a reality.

Last week the PM was questioned by political party executives about the timetable for the ICAC legislation and was very vague in his comments, suggesting it will probably be March next year at the earliest.

The issue of an ICAC has been dragging on for far too long and that raises questions about whether the draft bill has been tampered with to reduce the ICACs powers.

Public consultation on the ICAC legislation took place way back in 2013.

The draft legislation currently available on the Department of Justice website was gazetted in June 2015. But now it seems we will have to wait until at least March 2018 before that legislation goes before Parliament.

What is the reason for these inordinate delays?

Everyone should remind themselves of what the prime minister said in November 2011, on the anniversary of his first 100 days as prime minister:

The setting up of an ICAC is something I have pushed since I was opposition leader in the last Parliament. The perpetrators of corruption are not just leaders or members of Parliament. They are everywhere

A law such as an ICAC will ensure that everyone is covered. It will ensure everyone is answerable When we pass this law, we will have demonstrated our resolve not just to preaching about fighting corruption, but actually laying the foundation to help free up resources that are trapped in this evil, so our people can truly benefit from the gains of our nation.

The prime ministers performance must be judged by his own words, and for six years he has failed his own test.

For as long as we do not have a fully funded and fully independent ICAC with full powers of arrest and prosecution, then the prime minister by his own words, is just preaching about fighting corruption r...


Someone should remind Cindy what the alternative is to her virtue signalling over illegal immigrants "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jacinda Ardern is fast pissing off the Aussies who have to deal with illegal immigrants and other ratbags trying to get into their country. She is grandstanding and virtue signalling over these ratbags on Manus Island and the Aussies are getting really prickly now. The Australian reports: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has blasted []

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Hashtags and pure unadulterated idiocy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


PORT MORESBY - #RoyalApe   #EngasFinest   #CosmoFireLait   #Drunkasf   #Dope   #WeOwnTheNight   #craycray

Please stop. All of you. Leave. Go join the uncivilised cavemen. Crawl into your caves and dont ever come back. Dont talk to me. Dont talk to anyone, ever. #FrustrationExemplified

Hashtags were a symbol of inner clarity coupled with outward connectivity, a brilliant idea to socialise with the masses.

Want to check out Jessica Alba? Wonderful pop in a #jessicaalba and join the conversation. Suddenly your Tweet is linked with all the others across the world displaying the stylish #jessicaalba through a computerized sorting system requiring next to no algorithms.

Theres a way for users to find exactly what theyre looking for based simply on their own input. #Splendid! Hashtags were a voice for the voiceless, an elaborate social system, and as a result, they caught on pretty quickly. Everyone relates with each other about their not-actually-very-aligned interests. Hashtags served a purpose. As with most things, I dont really care. #CallMeOldSchool

However, just as communism leads to dictatorship, capitalism leads to homelessness, and religion leads to holy war, every ideal falls and hashtags led to pure, unadulterated idiocy.

As time passed, however noble the intentions had once been, we now see tweets and posts on Facebook or Instagram that end with a hashtag and an irrelevant caption. What purpose does this serve?

There is no existential force causing me to log on to Twitter and read the mellifluous visionary ramblings of PNGs finest pseudo-philosophers. #ProudToBeAPNGian #Whatever

Its when they start to emerge in the middle of otherwise normal conversations in our corporeal world, posing as legitimate components of a person-to-person discussion that hashtags soar through the logic and substance of our discussion, slicing the participants words into nothing more than crude mirages and rightfully underappreciated slang.

No, sorry, I actually dont really care how #ridonk that girls garb is. Oh, you mean to say that the color of her top creates a positive juxtaposition with the stripes on her shirt? Wow! Excellent observation, good sir. #scandalous.

In all seriousness, the real issue with has...


The Magic of Books "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


When we sit and open books to read,
We grow wings and fly to worlds anew,
Created by daring souls,
And beautiful creative minds.

We enter the literary universe,
Where imagination reigns
And golden ideas abound,
And deep wisdom dwells.

Every book holds the power to ignite the mind,
Every chapter the seed of a thousand stories,
Every sentence a trigger for new ideas,
Every phrase a golden gem.

In books we converse with superior minds,
Creative giants of all ranks and ages,
Brave souls who gave their best,
And wrought magic with words.

In the pages of their books, and poems,
Their creative magic shines radiantly,
With ideas that dance and sparkle,
Their work allures and ignites us.

Books give soul to the universe,
Wings to the mind, said Plato
Flight to the imagination,
And life to everything

God be thanked for the best books,
They are voices of a distant past,
Unfolding their hidden treasure,
To make us wise.


PNG Kumuls v USA Tomahawks RLWC Match live updates, live streaming "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

We are using the Twitter Feed to bring to you live updates and streaming of the Papua New Guinea Kumuls and the USA Tomahawks Rugby League World Cup Match.
This match will kick off at 3:00 PM local time this afternoon. It will be played at the National Football Stadium (NFS) in Port Moresby. RLWC has announced this match is another sellout.

 We will also post short live stream videos during the game period. Please follow the updates below or refresh your browser every time to see the new updates and videos.

Highlights here.


PNG Kumuls thrash USA Tomahawks 64 - 0 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea posted their highest ever World Cup total, scoring at almost a point a minute in the opening half as their blistering attack terrorised the United States defence, busting through the line on 13 separate occasions.
Kumuls second rower Rhyse Martin stared, as he slotted 10 from 11 conversions despite strong winds to ensure Papua New Guinea progress out of the group stages undefeated.

The win sets up a date with England for a place in the Quarter-Finals next week.

The win did come at cost for Papua New Guinea however, as Garry Lo was taken from the field early in the second half after injuring his ankle in a tackle.

With the wind at their back, USA kicked off to get the game underway and attempted to end the Papua New Guineans three game winning streak.

But after surviving an early onslaught from the Kumuls, the USA couldnt hold them out for long as James Segeyaro put Lachlan Lam over for a try in his opening appearance for Papua New Guinea.

Segeyaro threw a dummy and broke through the Hawks line before drawing the fullback and offloading to Lam who pumped his fist in joy before putting the ball down and running in to celebrate with the crowd.

With the floodgates now open, Papua New Guinea started to apply the heat to the Americans who conceded two tries in two plays.

After a simple backline move, winger Justin Olam found himself with enough space on the flanks to crash over giving PNG a 10-0 lead in just 12 minutes.

The Kumuls then scored off the kick off when Moses Meninga made the initial line-break before offloading to James Segeyaro who streaked away to score under the posts.

PNG ran in three more tries before the half-time siren blew, including Lams second of the day as the USA headed into the sheds trailing 34-0.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Kumuls picked up where they left off in the first half taking only two minutes to find the try line.

USA got close to points in the 73rd minute when fullback, Corey Makelim, looked certain to score before David Mead produced an amazing try-saving tackle to deny the USA of points.

The win means Papua New Gui...


An important issue for New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Guest Post: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited Australia to talk about the most important issue facing our country. Was it economics? No. Was it work opportunities? No. Rather, its what Australia is doing with the hundreds of refugee border jumpers they are housing on Manus Island. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and now Prime Minister Jacinda []

The post An important issue for New Zealand appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The two sides to the refugees on Manus Island story "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

There are two sides to every story. How should we feel about the plight of the refugee men of fighting age marooned on Manus Island who are refusing to leave the immigration detention centre that has been closed to move to other accommodation where food and power and medical care is provided? Side one: Manus []

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Belden Namah Tribunal the developments, and drama "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Commentary By Bonny Kaiyo 

The tribunal set up to hear allegations of leadership misconduct made against Honourable Belden Namah MP for Vanimo Green River entered Day 5 or Session 5 yesterday.
And, the Public Prosecutor adduced evidence in Category 1 by calling Mr Conrad Tilao, now Acting Provincial Administrator for West Sepik Province as witness when the tribunal re convened at 9.30am. The tribunal also heard evidence adduced for Category 2, involving the court room drama where it is alleged Belden Namah with the assistance of some policemen and soldiers stormed the supreme court in session and ordered the arrest of Chief Justice Sir Salam Injia.

Mr Tilao under oath said the MP for Vanimo Green River immediately after winning the 2007 seat and declared MP threatened to suspend him as District Administrator for Vanimo Green River District when he expressed contrasting views, and was seen with Mr Philip Inou, the former MP whom Belden Namah just defeated at the polls.

Under cross examination by Belden Namahs lawyer Greg Sheppard, he said although the threat was made the discipline and suspension never eventuated , and he ended up being cross transferred or swap- transferred with the District Administrator for Teleformin District Lou Badui on the same salary scale, and even promoted to Deputy Provincial Administrator and now Acting Provincial Administrator in the intervening 10 years since the alleged leadership breach by Belden Namah.

Mr Sheppard successfully, after re- structuring his questions asked to Mr Tilao, had him admit that Belden Namahs action did not influence his professional status to diminish.

Under Category 2(photo shown, MP for Vanimo - Green River moments before the alleged court room drama), evidence was adduced by the Public Prosecutor with Registrar of Courts being called to the witness box, but he was absent, and his affidavit was subsequently rejected and the Public Prosecutor was asked by the tribunal to produce him in person to testify today.

The other evidence presented to the tribunal was the audio recording by the court of the confrontation that occurred when it was alleged Belden Namah with the assistance of some policemen and soldiers stormed the supreme court in session and ordered the arrest of Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.

Belden Namahs lawyer Greg Sheppard did not object to the 30 seconds playing of the audio tape, which was presented as oral evidenc...

Saturday, 11 November


Locals threaten to shut down Tolukuma mine "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Cedric Patjole | PNG Loop | November 11, 2017

Landowners of the Tolukuma Mine in Goilala District, Central Province, have issued an ultimatum to the Government to withdraw the mining lease from operators, Asidokona, or they will shut down the mine.

Chairman of the Yulai Landowner Group, George Gusi, announced on his Facebook profile yesterday that a seven-da...


November Verse 5 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

I phoned Peter Duttons ministerial office (02 6277 7860) to plead for a change of heart on the men currently in dire circumstances on Manus Island. The person I spoke to heard me out and thanked me for my input. I asked if hed written it down. Silence. I asked if any of my concerns would be passed on to the Minister. He said, I have listened to you and know what you said. I wont comment on the internal workings of this office. Democracy in action.

I do feel for the people who have to face the public on Peter Duttons behalf and hear repeatedly that their boss is committing crimes against humanity. I also feel for the members of the cabinet who are obliged to go out and spout cruel absurdities in support of their party line on this and other subjects, as in this clip from the Today Show in 10 November. Heres a little verse in response:

Verse 5: Christopher Pyne on the TV
Those men on Manus now are squatters,
he said, face straight as his can be.
Our government arent beastly rotters.
That squalid camp we now can see
has been closed down. The men have choices.
If they ignored the lefty voices
theyd pack their bags and quietly go
back home or to East Lorengau,
or to the US. Worlds their oyster.
Their fates no longer up to us,
so, bleeding hearts, please stop your fuss.
A saintly monk, safe in his cloister,
recites the creed, averts his eyes,
and shuts his heart, acts unco wise.

Filed under: LoSoRhyMo ...


Is violence against women just part of our brutal human makeup? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


TUMBY BAY - In a comment about Francis Niis recent article about violence against women, Michael Geketa makes the point that its a social issue rather than an economic or legal one.

I agree with him up to a point.

You can, as has been frequently demonstrated in multiple fields, legislate against certain human activities and even throw heaps of money at their prevention. But to no avail.

This is as true in Australia as it is in Papua New Guinea. The difference in Papua New Guinea is that, despite the good intentions of its laws, the necessary resources and enforcement never seem to follow.

Papua New Guinea has some great laws. In my old field of work, social mapping, I found the heritage and environment legislation particularly good.

The trouble is these laws are not enforced and the agencies responsible for their administration are poorly resourced. This can range from totally inadequate to no resourcing at all.

If you dont believe this ask police commanders in any province what their major problem is. The answer will always be, lack of basic resources.

But back to Michaels comment.

There is one socio-economic issue that influences violence against women. This relates to many womens financial dependence on their partner.

Without their own resources it is impossible for many women to leave an abusive relationship, even if other support is available.

With regard to violence against women as a social issue, the problem is its not just one issue, its a multiplicity.

It is not as though you can isolate, say, six major societal causes and work towards fixing them.

This is what the many researchers working on the issue seem to be seeking.

In reality, each individual case of domestic violence has its own unique set of causes, sometimes economic but mainly social.

The reason why Abuser A beats his wife can be completely different to why Abuser B in the same village or town beats his wife.

This would suggest that the issue is not a macro one, as the researchers seem to think, but a micro one with thousands of different causes.



Melbourne, Austrlia: Relatos sobre o Dia de Ao para xs Refugiadxs na Ilha de Manus "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

08.11.17: RISE: Refugee Survivors and ex-Detainees pediram um Dia de Ao, em 07 de novembro, em solidariedade com xs mais de 600 refugiadxs que atualmente so presxs dentro do antigo centro de deteno do governo australiano na Ilha Manus, em Papu Nova Guin. O governo australiano prendeu xs homens em Manus como parte de sua desprezvel poltica de deteno obrigatria para todos xs refugiadxs que tentaram entrar nos territrios australianos por barco.

O centro de deteno foi oficialmente fechado pelo governo australiano e todos os servios essenciais foram cortados, incluindo gua e eletricidade. A polcia e os militares de Papu Nova Guin tm impedido que alimentos e outros itens essenciais entrem no centro de deteno. O governo australiano est se recusando a assumir qualquer
responsabilidade ou obrigao de cuidar dxs refugiadxs e bloqueou ativamente outros pases de aceit-lxs, insistindo que xs homens devem se deslocar para um novo centro que foi construdo em Manus. Este centro no seguro nem est equipado para atender s necessidades dxs refugiadxs que tm medo de serem atacadxs por pessoas que no querem xs refugiadxs em suas comunidades. Como resultado desta situao, xs 600 homens se recusam a deixar o centro de deteno australiano e pediram comunidade internacional para intervir e ajud-los. As condies dentro do centro de deteno so sombrias sem comida, sem gua, sem esgoto, sem eletricidade e sem instalaes mdicas.

O Dia de Ao foi convocado para 07 de novembro para coincidir com a anual Melbourne Cup, um evento de corrida de cavalos internacional de alto padro, para gerar a mxima publicidade. Em Narrm/Melbourne, xs ativistas responderam ao chamado com uma srie diversificada de aes



Sydney, Austrlia: Pixao na sede do Departamento de Imigrao em Solidariedade com xs Refugiadxs de Manus "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Recebido em 08.11.17:

Pixao em solidariedade com xs refugiadxs em Manus na sede do Departamento de Imigrao e Proteo de Fronteiras em Sydney, na chamada Austrlia. Na pixao se l: FREE THE REFUGEES (LIBERTEM XS REFUGIADXS), 161 WSC (Ao Anti Fascista, Crew Western Sydney).

(traduzido por Turba Negra)


Investing in ICT, is the key to enable growth in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter ONeill has said  that investing in key ICT infrastructure, especially broadband access, is the key and an enabler of growth to meet existing and future demands and new markets.

ICT infrastructure are one of the major policies and agendas now being discussed at the APEC Leaders and Ministers Meeting in Vietnam.

Today we live in a very much digital world and of course the continued use of technology in our economies is growing by the day. PNG needs to continue to build on that so that our communities, because of our remoteness, also use our technologies to participate in the economy well being and of course their own well being, Mr ONeill said.

PNG must take advantage of these new technologies, and Im very pleased to see that many of our young people are starting to adapt to technology as a means of course in creating opportunities for themselves and also creating applications that are relevant in our communities. Some of the applications are being used, not only by government but by enterprises within the country, and I think it is important that PNG continues to support this advancement.

I want to also take the opportunity to thank the government and the people of Australia for their continued support in this respect. There will be an announcement during this APEC meeting between our government.

The Australian Government, in so far as the partnership, we are developing to build infrastructure, that is technology and the applications for PNG economy, and that will also benefit our neighbouring countries like Solomon Islands.

Again let me stress this as very important for our small businesses. APEC is an organisation that is very much focused in the support of opportunities for small to medium more on PNG Technology News site


November 12 in history "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

764 Tibetan troops occupied Changan, the capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty.

1028 Future Byzantine empress Zoe married Romanus Argyrus.

1439  Plymouth, became the first town incorporated by the English Parliament.

1555 The English Parliament re-established Catholicism.

1651 Sor Juana Ins de la Cruz, Mexican mystic and author, was born  (d. 1695).

1729 Louis Antoine de Bougainville, French explorer, was born (d. 1811).

1793  Jean Sylvain Bailly, the first Mayor of Paris, was guillotined.

1840 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor, was born (d. 1917).

1847 Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, was the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.

1866 Sun Yat-sen, the 1st President of the Republic of China was born  (d. 1925).

1892  William Pudge Heffelfinger became the first professional American football player on record.

1893 The treaty of the Durand Line was signed between present day Pakistan and Afghanistan.

1905 Norway held a referendum in favour of monarchy over republic.

1912 Striking worker Fred Evans was fatally injured in a clash with police and strikebreakers during the bitter six-month-long dispute at the goldmining town of Waihi.

Striker fatally wounded at Waihi

1912 The frozen bodies of Robert Scott and his men were found on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

1918  Austria became a republ...


PNG Kumuls v USA Tomahawks RLWC game preview "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The USA Hawks are prepared for a psychical encounter when they try to end Papua New Guineas three-game winning streak on Sunday at Port Moresby Stadium.

PNG all but sealed a spot in the quarter-finals with their win over Ireland last week, but a win over the USA will mean they do it in style by progressing through undefeated.
But on the other end of the spectrum is the USA, who are trying to remedy a four-game losing streak in which they conceded 35 tries across the matches.

But hooker, Dave Marando, who is normally a carpenter by trade, knows exactly to what to expect when he runs out in front of the 15,000 screaming Kumul supporters awaiting him.

We asked a Fijian bloke what its like playing Papua New Guinea and he told us it was like running into a concrete post, Marando said.

We are going to be battered and bruised by the end of it, thats for sure.

Marando, 33, is normally used to the small crowds of his Sydney Shield games but will soak up every second of his chance on the world stage.

I actually call it living the dream, I have a hashtag LTD and had that written on my wrist last game.

With the stage set for an entertaining clash PNG coach, Michael Marum, has decided to mix his team up and try a new halves pairing for the match.

Lachlan Lam, son of PNG great Adrian Lam, will make his international debut for the Kumuls replacing Ase Boas in the halves.

Also coming into the team is Moses Meninga, Thompson Tete and Nixon Putt who will all join the starting side while Stanton Albert, Wellington Albert and Enock Maki make way.

The USA have also made some changes for the game with Joshua Rice, Matt Shipway, Charles Cortalano and David Ulch all dropping out in place of Jonathan Alley, Joe Eichner, Nicholas Newlin and Martwain Johnston.

Papua New Guinea will be looking to take full advantage of their final home game of the tournament and use the passionate crowd to their advantage.

The Kumuls have lit up Port Moresby stadium so far this tournament and expect them to do just that against an out matched Eagles outfit.

But for the USA a respectable defeat will be more than enough with Brian McDermotts side improving each game as their combinations start to gel together.


New Zealand Kiwis vs Tonga RLWC Live updates, Live streaming "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Tonga beats New Zealand Kiwis 28 - 22 in historical RLWC match "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A David Fusitua hattrick in the second period helped secure Tonga the historic win, on a day featuring an electric and tense atmosphere that made the match a heart-racing occasion from start to finish.
Even in the last minute, it appeared as if New Zealand might have been able to secure a draw and cruel the Mate Ma'a Tonga hopes of a compelling and emotional victory.

But this was Tongas day and it began with singled-out superstar Jason Taumalolo leading Tongas inspirational Sipi Tau following the Kiwis performance of the Haka.

Tensions were at an extreme-high before the game, with Andrew Fifita coming face-to-face with New Zealand during the Haka and Taumalolo roughed-up in the opening pieces of play.

Tonga started the game with the ascendancy and made the Kiwis work hard in defence, but ill-discipline cost Tonga dearly.

Five penalties in the opening 40 minutes led either directly to a try or put the Mate Ma'a Tonga under immense pressure, New Zealand using all their experience to break open the Tongan wall on the edges.

Scintillating tries to Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Jordan Rapana in the corners pushed New Zealand to a 10-2 lead following an explosive first 20 minutes and it could have been more had Rapana been able to grasp the ball in the succinct move to his wing in the 14th minute.

Watene-Zelezniak skirted along the sideline to plant an emphatic first try in the 20th minute, following a penalty given away by Tonga captain Sika Manu when the Kiwis were coming out of their own end.

Rapana made up for his earlier missed opportunity with a scintillating one-handed try at the 28th minute mark, his body somersaulting over the sideline as he placed the ball down.

Only a try-saving lasso-style tackle form Michael Jenningss replacement centre Mahe Fonua prevented a certain try to Roger Tuivasa-Sheck midway through the first half, but the Kiwis fullback found his way over just before halftime to extend New Zealands lead to 16-2 as the sides went to the break.

It was that moment when the context of the game appeared to have changed, as Tonga had been denied a try of their own just minutes earlier when the touch-judge ruled to have found a forward pass in a move which finished in a breath-taking dive from Daniel Tupou across the stripe.

But the Tonga resurgence was yet to come and when a spectacular movement of pl...


PNG maintains Australia is responsible for Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The PNG government is maintaining that Australia is still responsible for the welfare of refugees and non refugees on Manus Island.

Immigration Minister Petrus Thomas said this when responding to questions by NBC News regarding the legal responsibility of the detainees.
Minister Thomas in a statement said that Australia is obliged to look after them as far as the Law is concerned.

The Minister in a statement says, legal advise from government lawyers based on domestic and international laws is that, Australia is still responsible for any persons transferred to PNG under the Regional Resettlement Agreement. This he said because the asylum seekers initially sought asylum in Australia and Australia has an obligation as a signatory to the 1951 Refugees Convention. The PNG's Immigration Minister bluntly says this responsibility cannot be transferred or passed on to PNG.
Petrus Thomas says, the asylum seekers were ONLY transferred to PNG for the purpose of being processed to determine their status, whether they are genuine refugees or not. He further says, the agreement is clear that PNG does not have the obligation on refugees refusing to settle in the country and non- refugees that cannot be returned. The Minister says Australia maintains the responsibility of finding durable outcome for persons who cannot reside or remain in PNG.
NBC News/ PNG Today


Fixations of Propriety: The Manus Closure Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

When confronted with the spectacle of the malnourished, the impoverished, the famine stricken, and the desperate, the Australian political instinct is simple: Why did these poor fools get themselves into this mix? With each wave of refugees arriving in the countrys young history, the cold shoulder has mixed with the lukewarm welcome. At no points

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Gas-powered project to be constructed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The National Executive Council has approved a 57.78 megawatts gas-powered project to be constructed near the LNG site outside Port Moresby.



The announcement was made by Minister for Public Enterprises and State Investments, William Duma, on Friday (Nov 10) during the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kilakila substation in Port Moresby.


He said the project will be constructed by an independent power producer (IPP), NiuPower Limited, a joint venture company owned by Oil Search Ltd and Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd.



The electricity will be sold to PNG Power Ltd (PPL) under a power purchase agreement between PPL and NiuPower.



Duma said the project was identified as a critical and special key infrastructure project with significant impact in meeting Port Moresbys demand for power as well as the potential to reduce PPLs retail tariffs throughout PNG.



The total cost of the power plant project alone is valued at PGK375 million (US$115.1 million), to be equity funded by NiuPower to design, procure, install and commission the project, said Duma.



He stated that in order to transfer power generated by the gas fired power plant to the Port Moresby grid, PPL will be constructing a double circuit 66 kilovolt transmission line from the power plant site to a new Gerehu substation.



The transmission line and Gerehu substation, including any associated transmission and distribution lines expansions, will be funded by PPL at a cost of K60 million.



Duma said the unit cost for producing power through gas compares favourably to other existing and alternative energy sources in Port Moresby.



The average power tariff or unit cost to PPL is US$ cents per kilowatt-hour subject to fuel prices and escalation, and this is the cheapest compared to existing PPL generating sources.



Duma said the gas fired project will be PPLs first cost effective IPP ever negotiated by PNG Power Ltd.



Author: Meredith Kuusa via Loop PNG

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Fixations of Propriety: The Manus Closure Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

When confronted with the spectacle of the malnourished, the impoverished, the famine stricken, and the desperate, the Australian political instinct is simple: Why did these poor fools get themselves into this mix?  With each wave of refugees arriving in the countrys young history, the cold shoulder has mixed with the lukewarm welcome.

At no points have refugees been welcomed so much as grudgingly accepted.  Australia, after all, has a humanitarian intake, and boasts about it like a vulnerable child who feels her grades the best in class.

Like a necessary pantomime, Australias distant, estranging middle-class tediousness treats human rights as the necessary costume at the international human rights party.  To be such an international citizen, conventions are signed, and modestly implemented. Some are even abused with a degree of legalised gusto.

In a country with no bill of rights, it can hardly be any other way.  The rights culture, it can be said, is one of smugness and suspicion.  Supremacy resides with Parliament, and a misplaced belief that the executive will somehow be compliant.

The sentiment towards refugees and asylum seekers taking the sea route hardened after the 1990s, when the means of arrival became an issue in Australian politics.  (You cannot be punished or discriminated against on the manner of travel under the Refugee Convention, but the lawyers were obviously napping at stages.)  Decent people, after all, took planes, and if they did arrive by boat, would surely do the appropriate thing and fly a decent class.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the issue of pressing concern was the arrival of Vietnamese boat people fleeing the Communist Republic.  Then, as now, the issue of how these people were arriving bothered certain Australian figures, most notably John Howard.  Aqueous borne arrivals, notably of the Asiatic sort, terrified him.

The currently broken, and easily refutable theme in the practiced inhumanity against those now defiantly assembled on the closed Manus processing facility at the Lombrum Naval Base, is that of the market model.  Refugees and asylum seekers should never partake in a system of exchange.  Money for passage is a smutty exchange best stamped out.

To that end, refugee and asylum seeker policy in Australia resembles that of a tax meeting or Reserve Bank board gathering.  The agenda never changes: what markets are appropriate, and which ones are not?

The market that encourages the pursuit of the Refugee Convention, its articles, its spirit, is discouraged by the denizens of propriety.  To flee persecution, harm and mortal risk, forms the quintessence of international refugee law, but best take a number and wait your turn.

The problem with this approach is simple: awaiting that....


Papua separatists dispute Indonesia claim of hostage taking "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The giant Grasberg open-pit copper and gold mine in Indonesian Papua on the island of New Guinea. Photo by Alfindra Primaldhi/Wikimedia Commons

Associated Press | November 10, 2017

A member of an armed separatist group in Indonesias Papua region has disputed police claims that its holding villagers hostage during a standoff with security forces.

The remote regions long-simmering insurgency has flared in the past month, with one paramilitary police officer killed and six others wounded in attacks by the National Liberation Army of West Papua. The two sides are also waging a PR war, with police calling the group an armed criminal gang and accusing it of attacks on civilians.

Hendrik Wanmang, who described himself as a commander of the armed group that goes by the Indonesian acronym TNP, said in an interview Friday that Banti and Kimbeli villagers cant go to an area the separatists define as a battlefield with security forces because its unsafe. But otherwise villagers...


Acting Defence Secretary referred "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Acting Secretary for Defence, Trevor Meauri, has been referred to the Public Prosecutor on allegations of misconduct in office.

The Ombudsman Commission referred Mr Meauri today following an investigation over the allegations.
However, a statement from the Ombudsman Commission did not specify the nature of the allegations against Mr Meauri.
In the signed statement, both the Chief Ombudsman, Michael Dick, and Ombudsman Richard Pagen, say they've given Mr Meauri the right to be heard, which he's responded to.

They say after deliberating on the matter, they've found there is evidence enough (prima facie case) to refer Mr Meauri.
Mr Meauri has been notified of the Commission's intention to refer him to the Public Prosecutor, Pondros Kaluwin.
Mr Kaluwin will have a look at the evidence and decide whether or not to refer Mr Meauri to a Leadership Tribunal.
NBC News/ PNG Today


Marum Coaching Masterclass for PNG Kumuls "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Commentary by Fraser Liu  

Looking at the Kumul team selected to play USA, I am trying to understand what Marums brilliant analytical Rugby League mind is deliberating - and I like what I see. With this team, his intent leans towards 5 main purposes:

1. BLOOD THE ENTIRE SQUAD Affording gametime to the few players in the squad who have not played yet. This is positive for the player, the Coach, and the team. Each becomes a part of the campaign and more importantly all players have a chance to prove themselves before the quarter-final. Hence Lam, Meninga, Put and Tetehe have that opportunity.

2. REST PLAYERS WHO MAY CARRY INJURIES That would be glaringly obvious with the exclusion of Ase Boas. Lachlan Lam a halfback by preference plays at five-eight with Watson Boas remaining at 7. Most expected Lam at half-back with Ase Boas on his outside guiding him on his debut. This is not the case, as a fully fit Ase Boas is more important in Melbourne next week. This leads to the next point.

3. MOST POSITIONS ARE SET - The interesting decision by the Coach in naming the halves, clearly demonstrates that Watson Boas is the Kumul Half-Back, period. Suggestions that Segeyaro may be used in that role in the finals are only speculation. Watson is the only No. 7 to play all 3 games and will most definitely do so in the finals. Similarly for Fullback, Wingers and Centres. The players in positions 1 5 have not changed for all 3 games, despite having Amean (Fullback/Wing) and Teteh (Centre) available. Likewise for the Backrow (11,12 and 13) and Front Row (Page remains and Albert injured). Basically, MM has a Starting 13 and is sticking by it throughout all 3 games. This is a deliberate and brilliant approach, as combinations and teamwork, need GAME-TIME to establish and blossum.

4. HOOKER POSITION REMAINS UNCLEAR The dummy-half role is the only position in the starting 13 that has been named with a different player in each of our 3 games. With the wealth of hookers in the Kumuls team, this is not a surprise. Against Wales, 4 dummy-halfs were used and our attack went rampant. A four-pronged attack that took the defence apart on multiple fronts like a 4 headed Hydra. Exceptional, unique and beautiful to watch. But like most such things of rare beauty they usually happen only once in a persons lifetime. It is unlikely we will see that happen again. Rugby League belongs to big men, dominating the middle and the ruck setting the platform for faster outside men to f...


PNG crowd impresses international rugby league heavies "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea rugby league crowd has left international rugby league heavies impressed.

Australia Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant and 2017 Rugby League World Cup chairman, Dr George Peponis OAM were in Port Moresby last weekend to watch the 2017 RLWC second Pool C match between PNG LNG Kumuls and Ireland.

The near 15,000 crowd made for an exhilarating experience that attests to the significance of international rugby league in PNG, says Grant.

Dr Peponis, who was on his first visit to PNG and a rugby league game here, said: It was an unforgettable experience.

The crowd were passionate and showcased their pride and showcased their pride in the game and their country to millions of people around the world.

He said PNG is the only country that has rugby league as its national sport and the people should be proud of the Government for hosting the tournament.

The stadium is a first class venue and every one of the players and coaching staff have made comment of the facilities, Dr Peponis said.

By successfully hosting three Rugby League World Cup matches, PNG has proven to the world that they are capable of hosting major sporting tournaments.

Dr Peponis said his 2017 RLWC CEO Andrew Hill, who is the new Canterbury Bulldogs CEO, has begun looking into membership opportunities in PNG.

I know the new CEO of the Bulldogs has already started to look at membership opportunities and potential opportunities for the club to have a relationship with PNG Rugby League in future years, Dr Peponis, a former Bulldogs player himself, commented.

PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said he was humbled by their presence.

On behalf of every Papua New Guinean, I thank you both for your inspiring comments, Tsaka said.

We have proven to the RL world that PNG is ready to host international games and our people will support this.

Tsaka said RLIF chairman Nigel Wood of England will be in Port Moresby this weekend for the PNG vs USA final pool game.   

After the game last Sunday, a dinner was hosted in which PNG Sports Vice-Minister Wesley Raminai, Tsaka, PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau, Oil Search managing director Peter Botten, New Zealand RL board member John Bishop, QRL chairman Bruce Hatcher and QRL CEO Rob Moore were among the invited...

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