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Saturday, 18 November

21:00

Sorcery and sanguma are real Ive got some case studies "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Men from Goroka
Men from Goroka

JORDAN DEAN

PORT MORESBY Gender-based violence has reared its ugly head again. This time, its sorcery-related. The media was quick to label it as fake and called on everyone not to believe in sanguma.

Good and evil are subjective thoughts within our own interpretations. It is entirely up to you whether you believe evil spirits exist or not.

I maintain that good and evil forces co-exist because Ive seen the manifestation.

If you dont believe me, come to my village on Fergusson Island in Milne Bay. Ill get a witch doctor to demonstrate supernatural powers for you to see with your own eyes.

My mum was sick for two years. An envious aunt had taken some of her hair and placed it over a fireplace. So for two years, mum kept feeling dizzy and she had frequents fits.

We happened to live at the Alotau Provincial Hospital and were able to consult specialist doctors but they never found the cause.

Eventually, we decided to engage a witch doctor at the recommendation of an uncle. I was home from school that afternoon and witnessed the witch doctor at work.

He said some words and pointed to my mums tummy. A strand of hair jumped out, hopping like a frog and attempted to escape.

The witch doctor grabbed it and placed it in a coconut shell. He then poured hot water on the hair to kill it. After that, mum felt better and is still in good health today.

A few years back, after my younger sister sold biscuits and candies to raise money for her dinghy fare, she couldnt walk for a month. Her right knee was swollen.

A witch doctor came and removed 10 and 20 toea coins from her swollen knee. She was on her feet a day later.

Ive also seen my grandfather call a reef to surface out of the ocean. I didnt need a telescope to see it.

I could continue with more examples Ive seen firsthand.

Evil spirits exist. We cant see them, but they are there.

I dont believe we should label sanguma...

10:33

Been a while "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

It's raining out and I've got a free hour.

Firstly to my fellow bloggers on No Minister. Well done in keeping up the daily grind of posts. Its a worthy effort.

To the election.

As a contender for "The South Pacific Island Banana Democracy" prize, NZ has hit the jackpot.

MMP has finally delivered a coalition of losers. It was really just a matter of time and there can't be any bitterness as it was the inevitable outcome of our chosen system.

But National blew a fourth term.

John Key resigned without having ever spent a dime of his political capital to push real change. Then in handing over the reigns to English he set National's election demise in stone.

English, to his credit, actually did a better job as leader second time round, but at the end of the day, he remains a two time election loser, heading a party that came across more interested protecting their "comfort zones" than producing a real vision for NZ.

They may have got us through the Crash/Earthquake but that was just prudent day to day governing stuff.

What about the the vision stuff?

The world is changing. Even though human nature remains the same, the next generation of NZers have their own way of looking at things. The pressures of population growth and competition for resources/technology opportunities ensure that outcome. We all rely on the next generations ideas.

Against a totally disorganised Labour opposition under the leadership of Little, they may have had a chance.

But the arrival of Comrade Ardern (helUN II) put paid to any chance of that outcome.

The true puppet master of the 5% strategy, Peters, seized his revenge and before we knew it we had the ex President of the International Union of Socialist Youth as PM and a bunch of complete noddies in power. Just witness their opening week in Parliament.

The fiscal holes are already appearing like clouds on a sunny day.



The "pressing" issues they have seized upon- child poverty, refugees, climate change, planting trees, building houses, telling other countries what to do, free stuff for their voter base etc are all smoke and mirrors. Nothing will ever be resolved as they are all moving targets. With the added threat that the worthy concept of personal responsibility will be even more diminished in society.

We will end up billions more dollars in debt and the sam...

03:10

Lack of environmental safeguards highlighted in Cooks legislation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Radio New Zealand | 17 November 2017 

The Pacific Network on Globalisation says claims environmental costs would stop seabed mining in the Cook Islands would be thwarted by a lack of safeguards in the countrys laws.

PANG co-ordinator Maureen Penjueli says the Cooks Seabed Minerals Act dates back to 2009 when deep-sea mining was believed to be low risk, high return.

She said in 2017 the risks to the environment were still little understood.

The countrys Seabed Minerals Authority Commissioner Paul Lynch said earlier this week that mineral extraction will likely not go ahead if the environmental cost is too high.

Ms Penjueli said there was nothing in the legislation to stop prospecting or mining on environmental grounds.

When you consider that our economies are heavily dependent on the ocean our people are heavily dependent on the ocean for livelihoods, food secu...

02:05

Behrouz Boochani on the Manus Island standoff "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Alex Whisson speaks with Kurdish journalist and detained refugee Behrouz Boochani on conditions inside the besieged Manus Island detention centre. *Featured image courtesy http://kikei.net/

01:20

Sally McManus: Speaking words of hope "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Of the thousands of words in the hundreds of articles written about Sally McManus none describe her more passionately or more succinctly than these offered by Trish Corry: Sally McManus is everywhere. Fighting the good fight. Travelling all over Australia. Standing with workers. Speaking words of hope [my emphasis]. Fighting for workers. Standing

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Friday, 17 November

22:00

Of the 150 men how many of them are pedophiles? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Would you take a handful of lollies if you knew that some of them were poison? PM Jacinda Ardern when she was unable to pressure Australia into giving her the leftover dregs ( the worst of the worst) of the illegal migrants left on Manus instead handed over three million dollars of New Zealand taxpayers []

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21:00

Officials' bad behaviour tarnishes B/ville referendum consultation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A Bougainville referendum team meets with villagers
Bougainville referendum team meets with villagers

LEONARD FONG ROKA

ARAWA Inside the Department of Bougainville Peace Agreement and Implementation there is a dedicated unit entitled the Referendum Directorate.

Since early September the Directorate has been rolling out a public consultation process throughout Bougainville on matters the Bougainville Peace Agreement was silent or unclear on.

But for a few team members, heartache is all they endured. Let me explain

So many commentators on Bougainville affairs say Bougainville has the right climate for corruption. If so, then corruption is practiced beyond sight of and with ignorance amongst the people of Bougainville and the Bougainville government itself.

The consultation began in Buin on 21 September (a Thursday). The public and a number of stakeholders came to Nigeriai Guesthouse at Turiboiru Catholic Mission to offer their views on the coming Bougainville referendum.

Their outstanding concerns included referendum voter entitlement, voter rolls, voting age, what would be the question and the post-referendum transition things like timeframe, security issues, fiscal capacity and administrative arrangements.

These matters are serious things for Bougainvilles future and for the people. But when you watched the public servants performing this task, there seemed to be a conflict of interest.

On the Friday, the team visited the public servants of the Siwai District and later went back to Buin. Then on Saturday, they went raising public awareness at Buin Market. But before the mornings proceedings began, there was already alcohol available in one of the two vehicles.

With the market awareness done, the team went on to watch the Rugby 7s tournament at the Buin Secondary School. This arrangements did not work out, so a few team members went on a drinking spree.

Alcohol now took over one of the hired vehicles. It changed hands late into the night. Even people not part of the team had a share of the...

20:57

Not Quite An Act Of War: Analysing Australias Push-Back Against Jacindas Manus Island Outreach. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Real Human Suffering: In the face of the extraordinary Australian push-back against the government of Jacinda Ardern, it is important to remember the people at the centre of this controversy - the appallingly-treated victims of Australia's "Pacific Solution" who remain trapped on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

YOU HAVE TO GO BACK A LONG WAY to find anything remotely resembling Australias current treatment of New Zealand. For a supposedly friendly government to deliberately inject inflammatory disinformation into the political bloodstream of its supposedly closest neighbour is an extraordinarily provocative act. Not quite an act of war, but the sort of intervention that can all-too-easily provoke a catastrophic loss of trust.

Its the sort of thing that the Soviets and the Americans used to do to one another all the time during the Cold War. Except, of course, those two superpowers were ideological and geopolitical rivals of the first order. It takes a real effort to re-cast the relationship between New Zealand and Australia in similar terms. Nevertheless, its an effort we are now obliged to make.

So, what is it that Australia has done? Essentially, its national security apparatus (presumably at the instigation of their political leaders) has released, mostly through media surrogates, a number of related stories calculated to inflame the prejudices of a certain type of New Zealander.

Like Australia, New Zealand harbours a frighteningly large number of racists. Politically-speaking, such people are easily aroused and have few qualms about setting-off ugly, racially-charged, debates on talkback radio, in the letters columns of the daily newspapers and across social media. These individuals are trouble enough when all they have to fight with are their own stereotypes and prejudices. Arm them with the carefully assembled disinformation of fake news and they instantly become quite dangerous.
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20:30

Aussies muscling up over Jacindas virtue signalling "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Things are getting tough for Jacinda Ardern as she seeks to import 150 child rapists and ratbags from Manus Island, euphemistically calling them refugees: The Australian government has a warning for Jacinda Ardern deal directly with Papua New Guinea over the Manus Island detainees and face diplomatic consequences. The warning comes as an Australian []

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20:03

WHOSE GONNA BLINK FIRST? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Saint Jacinda has let her heart rule her head in seeking to embarrass Oz over their refusal to accept the NZL offer to take 150 'refugees' from Manus Island.    Her arrogance on the issue could well have severe implications for the Oz-NZL relationship.

This from the Australian Immigration Minister (paraphrased) ... 'It is your (NZL) sovereign right to negotiate direct with the PNG Government to take those refugees off their hands but should you do so you will be putting at risk the right of New Zealanders to enjoy visa free entry into Australia'.

Clearly Oz ain't gonna stand by and let queue jumper 'refugees' enjoy back-door entry into their country via New Zealand.

Ardern is now a prisoner of her own rhetoric.   Anyone wanna bet on who blinks first?

p.s.   And lets not even mention that Winston First doesn't want them anyway.




20:00

Kumuls need to keep down error count to challenge England "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Josh Hodgson and James Segeyaro (Gregg Porteous & David Buller)
Josh Hodgson & James Segeyaro

NRL.COM

England v Papua New Guinea, Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Sunday 4pm AEDT

MELBOURNE - England face an undefeated Papua New Guinea side who venture outside Port Moresby for the first time in this Rugby League World Cup.

Wayne Bennett's England side has shown patches of what they are capable of, without yet putting in an 80-minute performance, with victories over France (36-6) and Lebanon (29-10).

The Kumuls come to Melbourne after accounting for Wales, Ireland and the USA by a combined 128-12.

The English get Sam Burgess back who returns from a knee injury and will start in the second row, with Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins replacing Stefan Ratchford and Mark Percival in the backline.

Gareth Widdop retains his spot at fullback, while Kevin Brown and Luke Gale remain in the halves. Elliott Whitehead comes back into the back row and Josh Hodgson starts in place of James Roby who drops to the bench.

PNG coach Michael Marum has made minimal changes. Ase Boas comes in for Lachlan Lam at five-eighth, while Stanton Albert and Rod Griffin are on the bench for Nixon Putt and Enock Maki respectively.

Why England can win

They've started well in all three games so far and, apart from their opener Australia, have overcome their opponents through an influx of first-half points.

Their defence has also held up against the best the Kangaroos could only manage three tries and Bennett will have them primed for a better performance coming into the knockout rounds.

Why PNG can win

The Kumuls are riding the wave of their success in the pool stages. Skipper David Mead has led the way with four tries this tournament and will be keen to add to his tally tomorrow.

Many of these players have been together for a long time when you factor in the PNG Hunters' success in the Queensla...

19:17

A problem with Kelvin Davis "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

There is no doubt that Jacinda Ardern stepped up into the role of Labour leader, and stepped up further in post-election negotiations, as new Prime Minister and generally in her role in international politics (Manus aside). Not so Kelvin Davis. It seemed to be a good idea to appoint him deputy to Ardern, he had []

18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A remarkable situation has developed over the Manus Island stand-off Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has opened the door to a potential refugee resettlement deal between Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, acknowledging it is a decision for the two sovereign states that Australia could not block. But he warned any arrangement would be against Australias wishes and []

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10:01

Armidale, Australia : Shopping Center Intervention in Solidarity with Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

November 13th: People in So-Called Armidale, NSW, staged interventions in the towns commercial hubs during peak afternoon shopping hours, using a megaphone to project statements and extracts of articles from Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since 2014.

While hundreds of men are facing starvation, thirst and threats of violence on Manus Island, the interventions disrupted the everyday monotony and insulation of our daily routines. These actions aimed to amplify the voices of refugees that are silenced, distorted and disregarded in our society.

In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.

In German

08:15

Action for Manus Island refugees Sunday 19 November, 1pm @ Aotea Square "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jacinda Ardern announced today that it could take up to 5 months to come to a deal with Australia to take 150 of the 600 men stranded on Manus whilst the Australian government has effectively abandoned them, demolishing parts of the detention center and cutting off water, power and food supplies in a situation the UNHCR describes as "desperate".

We demand that our new government negotiates directly with the Papua New Guinea government to BRING THEM HERE.

Please join us on Sunday @ 1pm at Aotea Square & lets lift our voices for peace & justice. Please share the Facebook event with your friends & family.

Cant make it on Sunday?

There is plenty you can do. Here are four ways you can take action on this urgent issue:

1: Sign & share the petition demanding the NZ Government #BringThemHere on Facebook or Twitter, and forward this email to a friend.

2: Tweet at our PM @jacindaardern and/or Immigration Minister @IainLG and/or @TurnbullMalcolm here are a couple of suggested tweets:

Hundreds of refugees on Manus in desperate situation. @TurnbullMalcolm needs to evacuate now. We need to bring them here @jacindaardern @iainLG

Refugees on Manus Island in danger as detention centre shuts. We need to urgently #BringThemHere! #RefugeesWelcome @jacindaardern @IainLG @TurnbullMalcolm

3: Call or email your MP, Jacinda Ardern and Iain Lees-Galloway directly: jacinda.ardern / 04 817 9370 & iain.lees-galloway / 04 817 6967

4: Send a message of solidarity directly to refugees on Manus & let them know we stand with them and want them here. Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani is being held on Manus & is reporting the situation there tweet at him @BehrouzBoochani or use #BringThemHere

Thanks for taking action today!

Auckland Peace Action


08:12

Protest for Manus: Dutton blusters as Manus defies the siege "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Refugee Action Coalition Media Release Media Release Emergency rally: still no safe settlement as Manus defies the siege Despite constant claims from the Prime Minister and Immigration Minister that new relocation areas are safe and ready, photos from West Lorengau on Manus Island show that the area is still a construction site. Duttons claim that

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05:30

Overcoming neoliberalism: Sally McManus tries to 'Change the Rules' "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Overcoming neoliberalism: Sally McManus tries to 'Change the Rules'With the ACTU's new 'Change the Rules' campaign, Sally McManus is playing the long game, says Jay Goodall. read now...

04:22

Solidaritas Untuk Papua (Barat) Merdeka (Salatiga) / Salatiga, Indonesia: Demo in Solidarity with West Papua Struggle "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

INDONESIA

*Scroll down for English translation*

15 November 2017, Salatiga (Jawa Tengah)

Solidaritas antar berbagai aliansi termasuk diantaranya Federasi Mahasiswa Libertarian (FML), Aliansi Mahasiswa Papua (AMP) terjadi di kota kecil Salatiga, tepatnya di Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana. Solidaritas ini merupakan seruan dari KNPB (Komite Nasional Papua Barat) dalam skala nasional untuk menekan pemerintah Indonesia agar memberikan hak untuk menentukan pilihan bangsa Papua Barat. Dalam hal ini, kaum anarkis dan libertarian, membatasi solidaritasnya dalam bentuk otonomi bangsa Papua Barat dan bukannya disintergrasi yang akan menciptakan negara baru lagi.

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Solidarity between various alliances including Libertarian Student Federation (FML), Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) in the small town of Salatiga, at the Satya Wacana Christian University. This solidarity is a nationwide call from the KNPB (National Committee of West Papua) in order to give pressure to the Indonesian government to give rights to West Papuan independence and autonomy. In this case, anarchists and libertarians limited their solidarity for the full autonomy and freedom of West Papua from Indonesian state and not supporting the creation of West Papua as a nation-state.

Anarkis/FML

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02:53

Australian government commits to building an undersea telco cable to Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull and the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter ONeill have announced they will be working together to lay a new undersea high speed telecommunications cable from Australia to Port Moresby. The move is expected to contribute to closer economic integration between the two neighbouring countries.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) and Prime Minister Peter ONeill (R) Source: ABC

Australia is offering to deliver and majority fund the undersea cable, with a financial co-contribution from Papua New Guinea. The Australian government is in discussions with an experienced Australian telecommunications infrastructure specialist.

An underseas cable to replace the existing ageing APNG-2 cable at Port Moresbys Ela Beach has been badly needed for some time, both to deal with PNGs growing internet traffic and to provide redundancy for PNGs only other international gateway, PPC-1, sited in Madang.

The Australian government has also been having close discussions with the Solomon Islands Government about laying a similar undersea cable from Australia to Honiara.

Welcome development

Jonathan Pryke, Director of the Lowy Institutes Pacific Islands Program estimates that the cost is likely to be about US$100 million (K321 million) for a 3000-kilometre cable between Port Moresby and Sydney.

He says the move is a very welcome development that will be a big positive for business in PNG.

It was getting to the point where the private sector was talking about chipping in themselves.

The private sector must be very happy to finally see this actually get done. There has been discussion about this cable for so long.

There have been various funding options on the table. The World Bank at one stage put up a loan opportunity and China was sniffing around as well.

It...

02:21

14 ministers in new Solomon Islands Government sworn in "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela has named his cabinet Ministers after he was sworn into office.

14 cabinet ministers in his Government took their oath of office Thursday.

Prime Minister Houenipwela and other senior Government officials witnessed the swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Honiara.

They are:

1. Manasseh Sogavare, MP, as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Treasury;

2. John Maneniaru, MP, as the Minister for Fisheries & Marine Resources;

3. Peter Shanel Agovaka, MP, as the Minister for Communications and Aviation;

4. John Dean Kuku, MP, as the Minister for Education and Human Resources Development;

5. Jimson Fiau Tanagada, MP, as the Minister for Home Affairs;

6. Bradley Tovosia, MP, as the Minister for Mines and Energy;

7. Freda Tuki, MP, as the Minister for Women, Youth & Children Affairs;

8. Moses Garu, MP, as the Minister for Police & National Security;

9. Andrew Manepora, MP, as the Minister for Lands and Housing;

10. Bartholomew Parapolo, MP, as the Minister for Culture & Tourism;

11. Samuel Manetoali, MP, as the Minister for Forestry and Research;

12. Nestor Ghiro, MP, as the Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening;

13. Dr Culwick Togamana, MP, as the Minister for Environment & Conservation;

14. Connelly Sandakabatu, MP, as the Minister for Public Service.

The remaining ministers are expected to take their oath of office and oath of allegiance today.

SOURCE: SIBC/PACNEWS

02:19

As climate disasters surge, world puzzles over who will pay "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

After a year when powerful hurricanes, floods, droughts and fires have racked up hundreds of billions of dollars in damage in countries from the United States to Bangladesh, you might think their leaders would be looking desperately to the U.N. climate talks for new ways to cover those costs.

Youd be wrong - at least when it comes to the richer countries and the formal process that aims to do that.

A mechanism aimed at putting in place ways to help poor countries hit by growing loss and damage from climate change to foot the rising bill was first agreed by rich and poor nations at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw in 2013.

Its backers have suggested a range of innovative ideas to raise cash from a tiny tax on each stock trade and other financial transactions, to a levy on airplane flights. But richer countries, so far, have blocked action in moving ahead on any of them at the conference this week in Bonn, hosted by Fiji.

There was hope the Fiji (meeting) would be more willing to move forward given the scale of the potential losses low-lying Pacific islands face from storms and sea level rise, said Sven Harmeling, CARE Internationals climate change advocacy coordinator.

But theres no real move to discuss the financial instruments we need, he said. Theyre not even willing to start the discussion.

Instead, so far, countries are looking to a single solution to fill the gap: insurance policies.

Insurance can and is helping poor countries and communities lower their risks from climate disasters. But it cannot work in every situation, experts say.

Slow-moving crises, such as sea level rise, are nearly impossible to insure. Insurance payouts can provide effective help for big, sudden disasters a powerful hurricane or flood but arent so effective at helping out with the increasing drumbeat of smaller but accumulating everyday losses.

And what happens when disasters come so frequently, and at such cost, that they are no longer insurable? Thats a worry, experts working on loss and damage issues say.

These disasters are eroding whatever development gains weve made, said Harjeet Singh, who leads climate policy work for aid agency ActionAid. People cant stay safe. Before they cope with one disaster, another one hits them harder.

And thats not just in poor countries, he said. Even the United States this year has been slammed by hurricane damage, flooding and runaway forest fires. The costs of Hurricane Harvey alone could reach as much as $190 billion, U.S. agencies estimate.

Loss and damage will not be limited to developing countries, Singh said. New ways of dealing with losses, including taxes, are needed equally for developed countries. Its in everyones interest.
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02:14

Tonga boilover has Samoa believing they can eliminate Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prop Sam Tagataese says Tonga's landmark victory over New Zealand on Saturday has given Samoa the belief they can cause the upset of the century by eliminating holders Australia from the World Cup this Friday.

The first quarter final, at Darwin's TIO Stadium, is regarded as little more than a formality with the Australians having only conceded 10 points for the entire tournament while Toa Samoa are yet to win a game.

But Cronulla's Tagataese said tier two nations no longer saw the big three of Australia, England and New Zealand as unbeatable.

"It grows confidence and encourages a lot of the other players around Australia and New Zealand Pacific boys to strive and play for their countries or their parents' country of birth," the 30-year-old said.

"I thought it was great that Tonga won. Hopefully they do well and hopefully we can do something special too against the Aussies on Friday."

Another Samoan, Josh Papalii, said while his team did not watch the Hamilton epic live on TV, there was jubilation when the result came through.

"Hearing that result, the boys were pretty buzzed up about that," said Papalii.

"Finding out we had Australia on Friday, we were definitely keen to have a good game on Friday and hopefully win."

According to Samoa's assistant coach Sean Long, the secret to an upset is not trick shots or surprising the champions with left-field tactics.

"I think quite a few teams have probably tried that in the past," Long said after a crocodile 'chose' Samoa as winners by snaffling a pork chop hanging from their logo over one dangling from the Australia coat of arms.

"We've just got to go out there and start enjoying it a little bit more. I think there's been a lot of lads getting a bit frustrated it's not been going the right way for us.

"We need to go out there and start enjoying the footy again.

"That gets you in a good place. As long as they're working hard for each other, that's the battle really."

Tagataese added: "If you look at all our games, it's just completions. We're probably last in completions, can't really hold onto the ball.

"Whatever team you're playing for, how good you are, if you're completing at 30 per cent, you can't win a game."


SOURCE: SMH/PACNEWS

02:12

Fiji Bati boosted with funding "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

THE Vodafone Fiji Bati campaign at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia has been further boosted with a $129,000 funding from the Government through the Fiji National Sports Commission.

This was revealed by the Fiji National Rugby League after the first payment under the grant was received yesterday from the Commission's executive chairman, Peter Mazey.

FNRL chairman Filimoni Vosarogo said the grant would go towards the payment of players' weekly allowances as agreed to by the FNRL and the Fiji Bati players and management.


"Contrary to international media report, it is not the National Rugby League (NRL) that tops up the Fiji Bati players' allowances by an extra $AUD70 ($FJ 109.65), but it is the FNRL through commercial sponsors and the Fijian Government grant through the Fiji National Sports Commission that does the extra payment to make it a $AUD100 ($FJ156.60) per day payment to each of our players and staff."

He said after the team qualified for the quarter-finals, the players' allowances had increased to $AUD150 ($FJ235).

"RLWC Ltd still pays the players $AUD30 and FNRL pays the remaining $AUD120 ($FJ187.83). It is something that is intended to take care of players' welfare in camp and helps with families to an extent.

"They are performing well for the country and we are all pleased to have the Fiji National Sports Commission extend funds to ensure that our Bati are getting some form of allowance at this critical time of the tournament.

"FNRL acknowledges the support of Vodafone Fiji Ltd, Fiji National Sports Commission, Pacific Energy, Asco Motors Ltd, FIJI Water, The Fiji Times and apparel sponsor, BLK, for their continued support to our Fiji Bati team in this RLWC tournament."

The Kevin Naiqama-led side is in Wellington, New Zealand, preparing to play the Kiwis at the Wellington Regional Stadium.

"We look forward to seeing the Cake Tin painted blue this Saturday. We are urging all Fijians, here and abroad, those who are able to travel to Wellington to do so and support the Bati play World Cup co-hosts NZ in their Capital City.

"The boys need your prayers, they need your support and they definitely need you to cheer them on this Saturday, whether it will be in front of a TV screen or at the stadium, let's come together and support our warriors defend," he said.

Meanwhile, Vosarogo revealed that FNRL chief executive officer Timoci Naleba has been asked to go on leave citing operational matters at the FNRL headquarters.

"He has been asked to take his leave accrue...

02:10

Australia's allies push for faster end to coal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Some of Australia's closest allies are pushing for an end to coal power, in an increase of pressure for richer countries to do more to curb climate change.

While one of our neighbours says it seems only a change of governments will make Australia end its coal obsession.

New Zealand, the UK and Canada are among 20 countries which have signed up to the Global Alliance for Powering Past Coal, a surprise addition to the COP23 UN climate conference in Bonn, Germany on Thursday.

The group hopes to double in size over the next year.

UK's conservative Climate Change Minister Claire Perry said reducing global coal consumption should be an urgent priority for all countries.

Unabated coal is the dirtiest, most polluting way of generating electricity, she told the launch.

The Powering Past Coal Alliance will signal to the world that the time of coal has passed.

The alliance covers developed and developing countries, including some of Australia's Pacific island neighbours who are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change: COP23 president Fiji, the Marshall Islands, and Niue.

The Marshall Islands labelled coal the biggest barrier to curbing rising temperatures.

At an earlier event, President Hilda Heine said the country was very disappointed in Australia's continued pursuit of coal mining and energy.

We're neighbours with them; they should be aware of the issues that are facing small island countries, she said.

We hope that maybe a new government can come in and change the position of the current government, which is to continue to promote coal.

Greens MP Adam Bandt said the Turnbull government seemed to be getting Australia caught in a pincer movement and it was "posing an existential threat to many of our neighbours".

He hoped the new alliance would prove coal shouldn't be subject to a culture war.

You've now got conservative ministers, social democratic ministers and green ministers sitting side by side committing their countries to phasing out coal, he told AAP in Bonn.

Each will do it in their own different way but that commitment suggests it's now crossing party lines.

A door has been opened for the Australian government here."

Asked what Australia thought of the new alliance and whether it had...

02:09

Tongan election seals Pohiva dominance "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

All nine cabinet ministers of Tonga's caretaker Government were re-elected in Tonga's snap General Election Thursday.

Akilisi Pohiva's Democratic Party won 14 out of the 17 seats.

The successful candidates were announced by the Electoral Commissioner, Pita Vuki last night.

The re-elected cabinet ministers are caretaker Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, Semisi Sika, Mateni Tapueluelu, Poasi Tei, Vuna Fa'otusia, Semisi Fakahau, Penisimani fifita, Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa and Saia Piukala.

Two former cabinet ministers, Siaosi Sovaleni and Tevita Lavemaau who were fired by the Prime Minister from his Cabinet following the dissolution of parliament on 24 August were re-elected by their constituencies. Vava'u female People's Rep, Akosita Lavulavu was also re-elected.

There will now be two female People's Representatives in parliament: newly-elected People's Rep Losaline Ma'asi and re-elected People's Rep Akosita Lavulavu.

The only three new People's Representatives who were elected in today's election were Losaline Ma'asi, Mo'ale Finau from the Ha'apai Constituency No. 12 and Vatau Hui from Constituency No. 17.

Former CEO for the Ministry of Agriculture, Losaline Maasi, snatched away the seat of former Minister of Finance, 'Aisake Eke from Tongatapu Constituent No. 5.

The 17 Peoples Representatives are:
Tongatapu 1, Samuela Akilisi Pohiva, 1376 votes
Tongatapu 2, Semisi Sika, 1111 votes
Tongatapu 3, Siaosi Sovaleni, 1421
Tongatapu 4, Mateni Tapueluelu, 1436
Tongatapu 5, Losaline Maasi, 1034
Tongatapu 6, Poasi Tei, 1426
Tongatapu 7, Sione Vuna Faotusia,1274
Tongatapu 8, Semisi Fakahau, 1183
Tongatapu 9, Penisimani Fifita, 1302
Tongatapu 10, Pohiva Tuionetoa, 1631
Eua 11, Tevita Lavemaau, 790
Haapai 12, Moale Finau, 635
Haapai 13, Veivosa Taka, 905
Vavau 14, Saia Piukala, 1366
Vavau 15, Samiu Vaipulu, 684
Vavau 16, 'Akosita Lavulavu, 921
Ongo Niua 17, Vatau Hui, 438 votes

Nobles Representatives elected include:

Tongatapu
1. Lord Tuivakano
2. Lord Maafu
3. Lord Vahai

Vavau
1. Lord Tuilakepa
2. Lord Tuiafitu

Haapai
1. Lord Tuihaangana
2. Lord Fakafanua

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01:43

Moment of truth for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia can end this human rights tragedy. Wherever they end up eventually, the Australian government needs to immediately bring these men to safety.

lead Human Rights Watch Australia Director Elaine Pearson interviewing Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani on Manus Island in September 2017. 2017 Human Rights Watch SYDNEY Since October 31, hundreds of men have barricaded themselves in an abandoned complex on a naval base where security forces have previously shot at and attacked them. Exhausted, with no power and no running water in the tropical heat, they stockpiled food, dug water wells, and collected rainwater in trash cans to drink. Now, they are dehydrated, starving, and scared.

These men are not in a war zone, though many of them have fled war in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan. They are refugees and asylum seekers trapped on remote Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. They are there because of Australias harsh refugee policies.  

The UN has described the situation as an "unfolding humanitarian emergency." On October 31, the Australian and PNG governments closed the regional processing center where these men have lived for the last four years. Other less-secure facilities are available in a town a 30-minute drive from their current location. But these men, refugees and asylum seekers, refused to leave, terrified by escalating violence against them by some local residents in the town and frustrated by the lack of a long-term solution to their predicament.

Since July 2013, male asylum seekers traveling by boat to Australia have been sent to Manus Island, while men, women and children have been sent to the isolated Pacific island nation of Nauru. As Paul Tyson wrote for openDemocracy, in real terms, it is the boat people themselves the Australian government has criminalized, dehumanized and demonized, and it is against them that Australian politicians on both sides of party power...

01:00

Heni Meke: from nurse to CEO "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

An interest in supporting people with HIV/AIDS took Heni Mekes career from the frontlines as an army nurse to working in government. Now she heads Anglicare PNG, one of Papua New Guineas biggest NGOs, which has grown over the years with support from the Australian aid program. Anglicare runs a large HIV clinic in Port Moresby, which keeps 1,300 HIV-positive patients alive through anti-retroviral treatment. It also manages a nationwide adult literacy program and other development programs. 

In the latest in our 2017 Aid Profiles seriesHeni speaks to Stephen Howes about the challenges of running a complex national NGO, the impact of recent Australian aid funding cuts, and what drives her to keep going in a role that is sometimes just sleeping and work.  

Catch up on all the Aid Profiles here.

The post Heni Meke: from nurse to CEO appeared first on Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre.

00:12

K92 first production ready for shipment "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 16, 2017

THE K92 Mining Inc says the first concentrate from the Kora production in Eastern Highlands has been transported to Lae to be shipped overseas.
This is pursuant to a new off-take agreement, with the provisional payment (90 per cent of total value of shipment) received by K92.
According to the company, the new off-take agreement included a provision for a funding of US$15 million (K47.04 million) in non-dilutive financing from one of the worlds largest commodity trading groups, to secure the long-term off-take for production from the Kora Deposit.
The financing is subject to a number of closing conditions, which the two parties have started pursuing.
Prior to the removing of these conditions, K92 will ship the Kora concentrate under an agreement with interim provisions facilitating the same.
K92 expects to use the US$15m to target an expansion of the mining and processing rate to a level envisioned in the preliminary economic assessment.
K92 chief executive John Lewins said the off-take agreement allows for immediate shipping of concentrate that K92 is producing from Kora.
At the same time, it provides a potential p...

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Thursday, 16 November

23:39

Indigenous people in California petition to stop mining on their land "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Juristac (Huris-tak) lies at the heart of the ancestral lands of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band near Gilroy, California. For thousands of years, our Mutsun ancestors lived and held sacred ceremonies at this location in the southern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, above the confluence of the Pajaro and San Benito rivers.

The cultural landscape encompassing Juristac is known today as the Sargent Ranch. An investor group based in San Diego purchased the land at a bankruptcy auction and is currently seeking to develop a 320-acre open pit sand and gravel mining operation on the property.

The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band vehemently opposes the proposed mining project. We are asking the public to join us in standing for the protection of our sacred grounds.

No Sargent Quarry

Over a 30-year operational period, the proposed Sargent Quarry would impact 320 acres of land. The plan includes a 14-acre processing plant, three 200-foot deep open pit quarry sites, a 1.6-mile long conveyor belt, and a 30-foot wide access road...

23:15

Newcrest looking at marine waste dumping for Wafi-Golpu "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Newcrest focusing on Wafi-Golpu

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 16, 2017

NEWCREST hopes to complete an update of Wafi-Golpu feasibility study by end of the March quarter next year, chairman Pater Hay says.
Hay said during the companys annual general meeting on Tuesday that the companys most advanced exploration project was the Wafi-Golpu project which he described as a world-class copper-gold deposit in Papua New Guinea.
Wafi-Golpu is an advanced exploration project located in Morobe and is owned by the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture, one of three unincorporated joint ventures between Newcrest (50 per cent) and Harmony Gold (50 per cent), formed in 2008.
Hay said Newcrest continued to progress work at Wafi-Golpu, with focus on:

  • Assessing external and internal generated power options, in the companys search for greater reliability and lower operating costs;
  • Comparing deep-sea tailing placements options to terrestrial tailings storage options; and,
  • Re-assessing block cave panels, size and processing capacity due to increased knowledge as a result of ongoing drilling....

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Monday, 10 July

00:52

PNGi Portal a groundbreaking new resource for lawyers, journalists and academics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

In a country plagued by corruption, where politicians are seemingly more concerned with making personal profits that serving the nation, and where the law enforcement agencies are brutally under resourced, a new online database is poised to shake up the status quo and offer some hope to a beleaguered population.

Corruption thrives in Papua New Guinea because there is so little public access to information but now that is changing.

PNGi Portal is a groundbreaking online resource that provides access to both the details of company ownership and more than 20 years of anti-corruption investigations by government agencies.

Lawyers, journalists, academics and the public can now see who owns the companies that are being awarded dubious government contracts , they can track where politicians and public servants have been citied in official inquiries and they can link and cross reference the two sets of data.

Interested in a Paul Paraka? Just type the name and, with one click of a mouse, you can see that it appears in the company records of a long list of companies, including Klinki Rain For...

Thursday, 29 June

02:14

Renzie Duncan and Philip Miriori team up in another illegal Bougainville venture "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Sydney lawyer and mining venture capitalist, Renzie Duncan, is on the prowl again for Bougainvilles mineral wealth, with his old friend Philip Miriori,  the scandal-plagued, self-appointed head of the Meekamui Tribal Government.

This time its through Central Meekamui Exploration Limited, which is in partnership with Australian mining firm RTG Mining.

Company extracts indicate that Central Meekamui Exploration Limited, despite its very local name, is in fact a foreign enterprise.

This assertion is based on the fact it is 50% owned by Australian company, Central Exploration Pty Ltd.

Central Exploration Pty Ltd...

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