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Monday, 12 March


Tuke Praised For Alluvial Mining Plans "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Post Courier | March 12, 2018

PLANS to reserve alluvial mining for locals has attracted praise from local landowner companies across the country.

Minister for Mining Johnson Tuke said he wants to enable locals to build up wealth and capital to prosper in the next stages of the mining-especially in the mineral rich areas.

An aspiring umbrella landowner company, Tundaka PNG Limited of Mt Tundaka exploration licence area, applauded the move.

The new prospect is located in Engas Kandep district along the border with Magarima in Hela.

As the chairman of the umbrella company, I congratulate Mr Tuke and support this initiative to empower landowners to the landowners to venture into such lucrative businesses on extractive industries, chairman Pokya Pea said.

He said to break the barrier of landowners being the collectors of royalties only and spectators in their own resource developments is the step in the right direction.

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Misinterpreting PNG: rhetoric, exaggeration & inequality "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Dr Paige West
Dr Paige West - two decades listening to myths promulgated by visitors to PNG

JOSIE KRITTER | The Catalyst | Edited

COLORADO, USA - Papua New Guinea is often seen as one of the worlds last unexplored frontiers. It is stereotyped as tribal, underdeveloped, and primitive, says Dr Paige West, Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College in the USA.

Dr West has spent the last two decades working with the people of PNG and her goal is to shed light on a vibrant culture, the effects of decolonisation and their conservation efforts.

She said that Melanesian culture is widely misunderstood and tends to be seen through a Euro-American and Australian lens.

Dr West explained how much of the information filtering through to the world outside comes from surfers, photographers, economists, and conservationists. Over the years, she has interviewed and observed each group, along with the indigenous people, to capture a full understanding of where the misconceptions about the country come from.

Dr West explained how surfers acted like it was the wild, wild west. In an interview, one said, One minute you can be in the water right alongside [a local], and then the next they can be slitting your throat.

She noticed that, as she continued to interview the same tourists over the years, their stories became increasingly savage and always emphasised the uncivilised nature of the indigenous people. In contrast, Dr West has found the exact opposite.

The surfers eventually stopped coming back as the novelty of the savage wore off, and they found that they were just regular people, she said.

The photographers often claim that they are capturing a dying culture with their photos of tribal ceremonies and villagers. Dr West explained how this is also misinformation.

From an anthropological perspective, she said the culture we see as Papua New Guinean was created by westerners. Many of the images that come out of this region of primitive people are often either staged by the photographer or portray a single, special day of the year...


Natural disasters: have we not had enough lessons? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

VolcanoKESSY SAWANG | The Papua New Guinea Woman

I send my heartfelt sympathies to our people of Hela, Southern Highlands, Enga and Western Provinces who have been affected by the earthquake and condolences to those who lost their loved ones.  May God comfort you through this ordeal

MADANG - At 3:44 am on Monday, 26 February 2018, the biggest earthquake Papua New Guinean has experienced, one of 7.5 magnitude, hit the Hela and Southern Highlands region.

So far over 100 people have lost their lives and the damage to public infrastructure, economic assets and the peoples land, villages and their way of life has been shattering.

This disaster came just a month after the Kadovar volcanic eruption in East Sepik that displaced over 700 people from their island.  In between, there was anthrax scare in Madang.

The PNG governments lack of capacity, capability and preparedness for natural disasters and disease outbreak is very worrying.

A state of emergency was declared after the earthquake and the government swiftly approved a budget of K450 million for the disaster.  Was there proper assessment and planning? And we arent doing well financially, so Im wondering about the financing source.

The US$19 billion PNG LNG facility was shut down. The company exports eight million tonnes of natural gas a year.  A closure of eight weeks, and it could possibly be more than that, is like turning off the cash tap for PNG. My thoughts are with the thousands of Papua New Guineans who are directly employed in the sector who will be affected.

During this critical time, the National Disaster Office, the command and control centre for disaster operations, was locked up by the landlord due to the non-payment of rent by the government.

Im angry about the whole thing especially about the long-term aspect of collaboration between the national and provincial governments in assisting the affected people. Is there a national disaster framework for dealing with the long term aspects of these dreadful events?

A good example of no proper long term plan is my family who were displaced by the Manam volcanic eruption and have been living in care centres for 14 years.

Whilst we faced unimaginable hardships for that long time, the government prioritised the welfare of ungrateful fo...


Oil Search provide urgent relief food, medical supplies to Bosavi "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Oil Search yesterday provided medical treatment to 44 people at Huiya in the Mt Bosavi area and medevacked four to the company clinic at Moro.
The companys emergency response team visited Bosavi with food, shelter, clean drinking water and medical supplies.
CHECKING IN A pregnant mother from Huiya at the Mt Bosavi area was medevacked to the Oil Search clinic at Moro yesterday, and as is being accompanied by the Oil Search medical team by mid wife Lily Elizah, Dr Alben Yamba and medic Russell Banks (right)

The medical team, who are members of the emergency response team provided on the spot treatment to the 44.
Providing food, fresh water, shelter and access to medical services and facilities remains Oil Searchs top priority for the people affected by the recent earthquake in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces.
This is based on assessments conducted by the company emergency response teams that are visiting villages in the two provinces.
The teams take food and medical supplies with them and provide on the spot medical treatment and medevac the serious cases back to the company clinic at Moro or the Hela Provincial Hospital in Tari.
The Oil Search medical team has treated 44 patients in its Moro base clinic, and the number is expected to increase as the team travels to more locations.
Thirty patients have been treated and discharged, with five evacuated to Hela Provincial Hospital in Tari, and seven evacuated to Port Moresby.


PM O'Neill Condemns Attempt by Sir Mekere to Politicise Disaster Relief Operations "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Prime Minister,  Peter ONeill  has condemned attempts by the Member for Moresby North-West to politicise disaster relief operations currently underway.

The Prime Minister said Sir Mekere Morauta should be ashamed of himself after making incorrect claims about disaster relief operations following the Highlands Earthquake

What is the matter with this man that he would blatantly try to play political games in the middle of a natural disaster relief operation, the Prime Minister said.

Now is not the time for cheap politics, now is the time when the people of our Nation need solidarity and hard work from their political leaders.

He is ill-informed and has no idea of the situation on the ground in the Highlands.

This is an unprecedented disaster affecting a vast area with many remote communities.

The Government response has been measured and timely, drawing in the resources of the Government working alongside the business community, churches and partner countries.

We will not go into the failings of his administration and inept response to critical situations twenty years ago.

Parliament will be recalled and he can use this opportunity to debate, but for now he should step up and make a contribution to disaster efforts.

The Prime Minister said the focus of the Government is to maintain relief operations and continue to restore services in the disaster area.

Over the past 24 hours additional food and water supplies have been delivered to Mt Hagen for distribution throughout the disaster area, mostly by helicopter.

Trucks have also reached Tari, and the Provincial Authority has containers of food which are being delivered by church groups working with our disciplined services.

Further attention is now being given to the establishment of water purification facilities so as to reduce demand for bottled water.

The Government has allocated an initial 2 million Kina to areas worst hit by the earthquake, and another 1 million Kina to areas that had other damage to infrastructure.

The restoration of normalcy and basic services is the priority of the National Government

Our disaster officials are on the ground to ensure much need help is reaching the affected people.

I am also very thankful for the Australian government for allowing their Australian Defence Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and CH-47 Chinook helicopters to load and uplift relief supplies for remo...


More funding lifts PNG rating "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

APEC Haus in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea has successfully secured funding and has improved its ratings in the World Bank.

The renewed APEC agenda on structural reform was discussed during the economic committee meeting on March 5 in Port Moresby.

The APEC economic committee meeting is the third high level gathering leading to the first senior official summit held on March 8.

The acting first assistant secretary from the markets policy division of the PNG Department of Treasury Roddie Wada said this is the result of the biggest success in structural reform.

Papua New Guinea and the other member economies in the APEC region are encouraged to look within their economies to see their structural reform activities.

These activities must be in line with the APEC objectives to develop their own action plans and structure that best suits their respective economies,  Wada said.

Director economic committee from the APEC Authority, Marie Eorage said under the theme for APEC 2018 harnessing inclusive opportunities, embracing the digital future, Papua New Guinea did a good work although there were challenges.

For Papua New Guinea, we have secured funding through the financial and regulator policy done through this economic committee, Eorage said.

She said that when a prudent policy support is in place, it gives the implementers on the ground like the bank.



Keabsahan Keanggotaan RI di MSG Dipersoalkan "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

HONIARA, SATUHARAPAN.COM - Wakil Perdana Menteri Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, mengangkat isu keabsahan keanggotaan Indonesia di Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) ketika mendapat kesempatan menjawab pertanyaan seorang anggota parlemen dalam sidang yang berlangsung di Honiara, ibukota Solomon Islands, kemarin (05/03). Menurut Sogavare, Perdana Menteri Fiji, Frank Bainimarama, harus meminta maaf kepada negara-negara anggota MSG karena telah

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United Nations supports Government of Papua New Guinea in its earthquake response efforts "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Relief supplies are starting to be distributed in earthquake affected areas of Papua New Guinea, with water, food, shelter, medicine and the provision of health services identified as the priority needs.
We are working closely with the Papua New Guinea government to coordinate the earthquake response to ensure that relief supplies and services meet peoples most pressing needs, and reach the communities that need them most, said UN Resident Coordinator, Gianluca Rampolla, said today.
 Rampolla said a lack of information from affected areas and disparities in information that is available has been a challenge to coordinating aid efforts. However, the development of a draft response outline document by the PNG National Disaster Centre (NDC) with support from the UN is expected to address many of the challenges the response has been facing.
NDC acting director, Martin Mose, said all information relating to the earthquake and affected areas must be channelled through the NDC to be processed accordingly for an effective response.
We need reliable information to make good decisions for an effective response, and we must continue to work together with partners to achieve this, said Mose.
Over half a million people have been affected by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the Highlands region of PNG on February 26, destroying homes and infrastructure, triggering landslides, and affecting water sources.
According to the National Disaster Centre, 270,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance, however, this figure may rise as more information becomes available.
Enga, Gulf, Hela, Southern Highlands and Western Highlands provinces have all suffered damage, with Hela and Southern Highlands worst affected.
Out of this, 37,000 need urgent assistance.
Understanding the full extent of the impact of the earthquake in remote or mountainous areas is severely challenging as physical access to many affected areas remains limited.
The United Nations through its agencies and partners have distributed emergency shelter materials to 200 households in Southern Highlands and Hela provinces. Bottled drinking water mobile water purification units, water storage tanks, and food packs have also been distributed by partners.
The UN has also sent vaccines to Hela, Southern Highlands, Enga and Western Highlands provinces, which will be used to immunise infants and pregnant women, to prevent an outbreak of disease.
A health emergency team visited Hela and Southern Highlands provinces last week to provide immediate medical assistance, assess damage to health facilities and plan for the rapid resumption of life-saving health services.
Safe spaces for vulnerable women and young girls are being established, and dignity kits are being distributed.
Last week, a team of emergency experts...


China's Xi Xinping free to remain President for life, after communist Party abolishes term limits "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

China removed presidential term limits from its constitution on Sunday, giving President Xi Jinping the right to remain in office indefinitely, and confirming his status as the countrys most powerful leader since Mao Zedong died more than 40 years ago. 

Chinas ruling Communist Party announced the proposed amendment only last month and there was never any doubt it would pass as parliament is packed with loyal party members who would not have opposed the proposal. 

The amendments also include inserting Xis political theory into the constitution, something that was already added to the party charter in October at the end of a party congress, a feat no other leader since Mao had managed while in office. Additionally, clauses were included to give a legal framework to a new super anti-corruption department. 

Only two no votes were cast, with three abstentions, from almost 3,000 delegates. 

Reporters were briefly ushered from the main hall in the Great Hall of the People as delegates filled in their ballot papers, but allowed in to see them placing the papers, one by one, into large red ballot boxes around the room. 

Xi cast his vote first, on the podium at the front of the hall, followed in turn by the other six members of the partys elite Standing Committee, which runs China. 

The room erupted into loud applause when the result of the vote was passed, though Xi did not address parliament. 

The limit of two five-year presidential terms was written into Chinas constitution in 1982 after Maos death six years earlier by Deng Xiaoping, who recognized the dangers of one-man rule and the cult of personality after the chaos of the Cultural Revolution and instead espoused collective leadership. 

Speaking later to reporters, Shen Chunyao, chairman of the Legislative Affairs Commission of parliaments standing committee, dismissed concerns the move could risk a return to strongman rule or lead to political turmoil or infighting. 

As for the assumptions, conjecture and stretched situations in your question, I think that does not exist, Shen said. 

In the past nine decades of the partys history it has overcome hardships and resolved major problems, including orderly leadership transitions and keeping the party and countrys vitality and long-term stability, he added. 

In the nearly 40 years of reform and opening up, we have successfully established, upheld and expanded the political development road of so...


Building underway soon in Apia, Samoa for Pacific Regions Climate Change Centre "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Construction on the Pacific regions climate change centre is expected to begin within the next two months in Samoa, says Director- General Leota Kosi Latu of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

The Pacific Climate Change Centre is a first for the Pacific region and will coordinate climate change initiatives in the region, providing a shared resource for further collaboration between 21 island nations and territories including Tonga, Fiji, America Samoa, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Nauru and French Polynesia.

Director-General Leota Kosi Latu says the centre, which will be built on the SPREP campus in Apia, will be an opportunity for the region to come together whether its the scientists, whether its students who are wanting to know more about climate change and wanting to have an attachment, an internship. These are the kind of opportunities that the Centre will offer.

Mr Latu says it will look at innovative solutions for climate change in terms of adaptation and issues related to mitigation and issues related to access to climate finance.The idea is to try and bring together all of our action, rather than each country doing their own thing, which is understandable. There is national action thats required at the national level but I think at the regional level we need to be collaborating, we need to be co-operating, we need to be facilitating all of our action together because our challenges are similar."

So the climate change centre will be an opportunity to try and enhance that type and level of co-operation to make sure that as a region we are working together, and capacity building and training. That we are speaking as one voice.

Mr Latu says the response to climate change needs to involve a wider multi-stakeholder approach. That means its not just the scientists that need to tell us whats happening, we need the social scientists, we need the academics, we need the people in the community, he says.

We want to be conveying to our constituencies and our global community that we only have one planet.  Its a shared planet and that means the natural resources of the sea and of the environment need to be treated as such. There must be shared responsibility. There must be shared accountability about how we share and manage our natural resources.

Although final details for the centres building programme are currently being worked out,...


Chaplains help with Tonga trauma "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tongas churches have deployed chaplains to disaster areas to help people deal with the after-effects of Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Trained in trauma and grief counselling, the chaplains will spend time in the communities most affected by the cyclone before returning to the capital, Nukualofa.

The Roman Catholic charity arm, Caritas, has also joined the relief effort to deliver supplies food, water, and temporary shelter to those most affected.

But the chaplains at the forefront of rebuilding and strengthening the community through psycho-social support which will restore hope.

The Free Wesleyan Church trained chaplains for the Tongan Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network in 2015 after a major disaster.

Those chaplains formed the vanguard of the churchs post-TC Gita effort.

Much of their time over the last two weeks has been spent talking to victims, explaining nature and allowing people to share their anger, fear or hurt.

The chaplains undergo debriefing exercises to guard against vicarious traumatisation (how the carer can be affected by the work)

Source: PCC


Papua New Guinea Australia partnership helping to restore power across the Highlands "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 Papua New Guinea and Australia are working together to restore critical power supplies across parts of Southern Highlands and Hela provinces following the devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake.
Working closely with PNG Power Ltd, Australia has provided up to A$400,000 (just over PGK1 million) for the purchase and delivery of 10 80kva transformers that are needed to restore power across parts of Hela Province and Southern Highlands, which have a combined population exceeding 750,000.
Carolyn Blacklock, acting Managing Director of PNG Power Ltd, Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis, Hela Governor Philip Undialu and Southern Highlands disaster committee co-ordinator and representative of the Southern Highlands Governors office Dr John Kuimb during the handover of new generators.

The transformers will see reliable power restored to some 3,500 PNG Power customers, including businesses, health clinics, schools and family homes.
Power is critical to businesses across the region.
PNG Power estimates that the economic impact of the power outages caused by the earthquake already exceeds K4 million in losses to local businesses.
Hospitals and schools across the region are also reliant on reliable power supply to maintain their normal operations.


Tonga State of Emergency declaration extended "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has extended the declaration of a State of Emergency in Tonga until 10am 9 April, 2018.

The state of emergency applies to the land and seas areas of Tongatapu and Eua.

The initial declaration was made on 12 February after Cyclone Gita hit the two islands causing extensive damage to infrastructure, homes and vegetation.

In a statement, the Prime Ministers Office said it is still necessary for emergency powers to be exercised in order to prevent or minimise loss of life, illness or injury, property loss or damage or damage to the environment. LoopTOnga

 Photo file supplied Caption: Damage at the domestic terminal in Nukua'lofa


PNG Earthquake: PNG, Australia work to restore power "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea and Australia are working together to restore critical power supplies across parts of Southern Highlands and Hela Provinces following the devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake.

Working closely with PNG Power Limited, Australia has provided up to A$400,000 (just over PGK1,000,000) for the purchase and delivery of ten 80kva transformers that are needed to restore power across parts of Hela Province and Southern Highlands Province, which have a combined population exceeding 750,000.

The transformers will see reliable power restored to some 3,500 PNG Power customers, including businesses, health clinics, schools and family homes.

Power is critical to businesses across the region. PNG Power estimates that the economic impact of the power outages caused by the earthquake already exceeds K4 million in losses to local businesses. Hospitals and schools across the region are also reliant on reliable power supply to maintain their normal operations.

The new ABB transformers were delivered by a Hevilift ATR freighter aircraft to Mt Hagen on Saturday. Immediate transit on to Mendi and Tari was arranged via helicopter to ensure the transformers could be delivered as rapidly as possible.

PNG Power is now working to install the transformers in locations across the two provinces in order to re-establish reliable power supplies to critical infrastructure.

Prime Minister ONeill welcomed the close partnership with Australia to support communities impacted by the earthquake.

Papua New Guinea welcomes Australias response to provide humanitarian relief and essential infrastructure to those most in need. This reflects our true partnership, Prime Minister ONeill said.

Carolyn Blacklock, acting managing director of PNG Power Limited, was pleased by the rapid response.

This was an excellent collaboration between PNG Power Limited and Australia, with valuable assistance from Cardno and Hevilift, stated Blacklock.

Close teamwork has enabled us to respond very rapidly to restore the power network at a time when it is most needed.

Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Bruce Davis noted Australias commitment to supporting Papua New Guinea in this difficult time.

Australia will support Papua New Guineas efforts, both in the initial humanitarian response and in future reconstruction ef...


Summary of events in West Papua for February -12 March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Summary of events in West Papua for February -12 March 2018

Melanesian Spearhead Group
The last update reported how the Leaders of the MSG countries referred the West Papuan application for full membership to its secretariat for processing. Prime Minister Peter ONeill, and chair of the MSG said the leaders of Melanesia have approved new criteria guidelines for observers, associate members and full members to the sub-regional grouping. More stories on MSG below.

According to Sade Bimantara, a spokesman for Indonesian embassy in Australia, Jakarta has been assisting the MSG financially and in procuring vehicles and other things for their secretariat. Sade Bimantara also said the ULMWPs bid is at a dead end."I dont think they qualify to be a full member of the MSG."

Vanuatu Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu responded Sade Bimantara claim that West Papuas game is up In an email exchange with the Daily Post, Mr Regenvanu wrote, "Well, thats for the MSG Leaders to decide once the application is presented to them. "Technically, the ULMWP can meet the new criteria just agreed upon." The issue, he wrote, would not be decided by the technicalities outlined by Indonesias spokesman. "The question is only whether a political compromise can be achieved by the MSG Leaders before the next Summit at which the application for membership will be considered." "Vanuatu is working on achieving this political compromise," he concluded (RNZI 19 Feb.)

Speaking in the Solomons parliament, Deputy PM Manasseh Sogavare said Fiji should apologise for bringing Indonesia into the MSG. He said Fijis prime minister Frank Bainimarama breached MSG procedure by forcing the other four full members to accept Indonesia as part of the sub-regional grouping, whose full members are Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and FLNKS Kanaks movement of New Caledonia. Indonesia was admitted to the MSG with observer status in 2011 after Mr Bainimarama assumed the MSGs rotational chairmanship. "There was no consensus in the admission of Indonesia by member countries," claimed Mr Sogavare who wants Indonesian control of West Papua reviewed by the United Nations.

Fijis Defence Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola denied Mr Sogavares claim that the MSG didnt reach consensus on the issue. "I think he is either suffering from memory loss or trying to play politics with his own constituents," said Ratu Inoke. "He has forgotten that it was during his term as chair of the MSG when Indonesia was admitted to the MSG as an associate member. All members of the MSG had agreed.
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Chiefs Day celebration at Ohlen Matakeru "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Chiefs Day celebration on March 5, 2018 at Ohlen Matakeru Mataso Island Community in Port Vila was reported to be a success. The day began with a forum in the morning run by a member of the Port Vila Town Council of Chiefs on the role of a chief inside a community and the

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Unions launch advertising campaign against work laws "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Australias unions have launched their biggest advertising push in more than a decade as part of a pre-election campaign to overhaul Australias workplace laws.

It is part of the Change the Rules campaign.

The last time such an effort was made was during the campaign against John Howards WorkChoices industrial law. The Campaign was immensely successfully and played a significant part in the downfall of the Howards government in 2017, and the second time in Australian history that the Prime Minister lost his own seat.

Eight weeks of advertising will begin on Sunday, featuring television, radio and billboards. The campaign back in 2005-7 cost $14.4 million, according to information with the Australian Electoral Commission.

This time, the target is insecure work and anti-union laws that in many ways parallel WorkChoices. Advertisements will feature workers struggling to pay their bills sand the favouritism given to big business.

The aim is to remove the existing Fair Work laws that have been designed to ensure minimum capacity of unions, to be involve in the workplace and limits the issues in which they can be represented.

There is also widespread dissatisfaction with laws that target construction industry unions.

ACTU leader Sally McManus, has said that big business had too much power, insecure work was rife while workers were struggling to get pay rises.

Working people want change, she said.

Theyre sick of one-third of big businesses not paying tax. Theyre sick of watching CEO bonuses going up, company profits going up while their own pay falls behind basic living costs.

Winning the Change the Rules campaign is vital to the future.  Major employer organisations have already accused it of wrecking Australia. But it is their actions that are doing it. Many of their members do not contribute to paying their share of tax. Yet they are always in line for a government handout. They do not invest their money into building up the economy. Profit is increasingly made on the back of taking from everyone else, and this is shrinking the market on which growth depends.

Thew anti-union laws have helped to make this come about.

In his case, working to put an end to these laws is not only justified. It is an obligation.


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DR Congo signs new mining law despite companies opposition "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

DR Congo produces more than 60% of the worlds cobalt

BBC News | 10 March 2018

The Democratic Republic of Congo has moved to increase taxes on mining firms and increase government royalties from the industry despite fierce opposition from international mining companies.

President Joseph Kabila signed a new mining code into law on Friday.

The country is Africas biggest producer of copper and cobalt, a vital component in mobile phone batteries.

Foreign mining firms strongly opposed the law, saying their operations in DR Congo would stop being profitable.

Several chief executives flew to the Congolese capital Kinshasa this week in the hopes of persuading Mr Kabila to change his mind.

They argued that the legislation would deter future investment and violate existing agreements, reported Reuters news agency.

The government however has agreed to consider their concerns on a case by case basis, and work with them in executing the new code.

DR Congo has...

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BCL seeking to influence the minds of children "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bougainville Copper Limited is working in Bougainville schools to try and build a social licence for its mining plans

Voting For or Against Independence

Eric Tapakau | BCL | March 7, 2018

Judging a school debate on the topic Bougainvilleans should Vote for Independence during Referendum, it was interesting to learn first-hand how the topic of referendum is perceived by school children on Bougainville.

The event was the National Literacy Week, and all schools in the Kieta District of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville had been celebrating the week with different school activities at the Tupukas Primary School in Arawa, the former capital of the North Solomon Province.

Schools were divided into clusters depending on their locality in the district and the Upper Primary students in each cluster were given the task of arguing for or against the topic.



Nawailevu bauxite mine site ceases operation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Akosita Talei | FBC News | 12 March 2018

The Nawailevu bauxite mine in Bua has ceased operations and is undergoing progressive rehabilitation program on the site.

This has been confirmed by Minister for Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya adding this is one of the conditions listed in the mining lease prior to the closure of a mine.

Koya says the mining site is to undergo progressive rehabilitation with a reforestation program of 160,000 pine seedlings.

Of the 160,000 pine seedlings there are now 90,000 standing pine plants. The rehabilitation program is on-going until the site is fully rehabilitated to be handed back to the landowning units of Nawailevu, Bua for the benefit of the landowners.

He says the mining company Xinfa Aurum Exploration is exploring other species to plant in the area to benefit the resource owners.

Its this measure which is put in place by the Ministry to ensure that the land is returned with added value for the benefit of the landowners. Madam Speaker, unlike pre...


Our years of living dangerously are engulfing the nation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mekere Morauta
Former Papua New Guinea prime minister, eminent economist and now MP for Port Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta


PORT MORESBY - For the last three years Papua New Guinea had been living dangerously, thanks to the actions of prime minister Peter ONeill.

Now those dangers are engulfing the nation. The prime ministers tardy response to the earthquake is an example.

The corruption, waste and mismanagement he has presided over in recent years has crippled Papua New Guineas finances and all but destroyed the economy.

Severe cash flow problems are getting worse by the day last fortnight the government had to scrabble round looking for sufficient funds to pay public servants.

The foreign exchange crisis has not abated despite Mr ONeills sweet-talk promises. More than 70% of company executives in a recent business survey cited the lack of forex as the major constraint to business.

Businesses continue to lay off staff; many are facing bankruptcy, especially small PNG-owned enterprises.

Businesses are owed tens of millions of kina by the government, exacerbating their cash flow problems and starving the businesses of working capital.

Last week a helicopter company flying relief missions in the earthquake zone reported it had been refused fuel because the government had not paid its bills.

There is enormous waste and mismanagement of expensive boomerang borrowings from China. Most of this money is being spent on inflated self-glorifying projects in Port Moresby rather than on productive infrastructure and investment in health and education.

Thousands of Chinese labourers are being brought in to work on these projects rather than Papua New Guineans being employed, and many stay to take even more jobs away from Papua New Guineans.

All this has resulted in a deep recession in the non-resource sector, on which over 80% of people rely to make a living.

These problems are real, and they have real effects, as we are now seeing. All have been inflicted on th...


Why use APEC to expose a staggering PNG to the world? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

O'Neill on APEC
O'Neill: APEC delegates, observers & media "can leave PNG knowing they have visited a culturally rich, economically modernising, country"


TUMBY BAY - We will provide a secure environment where leaders, ministers and delegates can advance APEC's policy agenda, and can leave Papua New Guinea knowing they have visited a culturally rich, economically modernising country.

Thus says the Honourable Peter O'Neill CMG MP, prime minister of Papua New Guinea.

These words are emblazoned in bold letters over an imposing and studious image (right) of the man himself on the PNG APEC website, which you can visit here.

In a recent article I itemised some of the many problems Papua New Guinea currently faces.

It was a long list included an economy out of control, unmanageable government debt, uncontrolled resource exploitation, unfettered corruption, massive environmental degradation, failing infrastructure, and more.

Health and hospitals in crisis, curable diseases out of control, schools without adequate buildings, books and teachers and positions on the lower rungs of every social indicator in the world.

A list that hardly describes a nation culturally rich and economically modernising.

Apart from most politicians and the wealthy elite, all these problems are clear to anyone who cares to look. They are also clearly written on the faces and in the minds of ordinary Papua New Guineans.

A walk through the streets of Port Moresby will tell you all you need to know about the state of the nation.

Talk to people outside the cities and towns and there is a palpable sense of pessimism. Talk to expatriate Papua New Guineans in Australia and they regale you with stories of how they had to leave their beloved country to experience anything like a satisfactory lifestyle.

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SOTT FOCUS: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - February 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

As the solar minimum continued, subfreezing temperatures and snowfalls were still breaking records in February. Canada and the US experienced another arctic blast from the now split 'polar vortex', pushing temperatures in Canada to -62C and covering much of the northern, central and eastern U.S. with heavy snow. The cold blast also descended to Europe and parts of Asia. This 'Beast from the East' brought heavy snow to much of Europe with some parts colder than the Arctic! China was hit by heavy snow, disrupting transportation and flights, while Japan had one of its worst winters in decades. Snow also blanketed unusual places like the UAE and Morocco. Heavy rain caused destructive floods in Indonesia, New Zealand, Cyprus and deadly mudslides in South America, while seventy rivers overflowed from the Great Lakes to Texas. Record-breaking size hail pounded Argentina, while California and Saudi Arabia were pounded by hailstorms that caused damage and disrupted traffic for hours. The Ring of Fire continued with increased activity, volcanoes and mud volcanoes that had been dormant for decades awoke with a vengeance, triggering evacuations and disrupting the flights of thousands of travelers. Taiwan, Papua New Guinea and Mexico were also shaken this past month by significant earthquakes as the the cosmic ray grand maximum approaches. Dry tides are becoming more common all around the world, while mass fish deaths and strandings continue to baffle scientists. Meteor fireballs put on quite a show again this month, while the reports of unexplained loud "booms" increased all over the world. Check it out below!

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