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Friday, 20 July

12:30

PNG National Executive Council should take a step back, says ADB Papua New Guinea Today

The Papua New Guinea National Executive Council (NEC) should reduce its control of State-owned enterprises (SOE) in order for those entities to better carry out their corporate roles, says the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

This would be through reforms that give Kumul Consolidated Holdings more independence, said ADB Pacific private sector development initiative (ADB PSDI) SOE reform team leader Laure Darcy.

The Independent Public Business Corporation (Kumul Consolidated Holdings) (Amendment) Act 2015 could be strengthened to help establish such a governance framework, she told The National.

Key reforms would include transferring the current oversight responsibilities over the SOEs from the NEC to a commercial holding company, such as Kumul Consolidated Holdings, with the power to protect the Governments investment in the State-owned enterprises.

KCH, in turn, would then grant its SOEs the autonomy they require to achieve their agreed commercial targets.

Other structures could also be considered, as long as they create similar autonomy and accountability.
Darcy said international experience had proven that best-performing State-owned enterprises were those that were given autonomy to operate as commercial entities.

They were held accountable for commercial results.

Meanwhile, Partial privatisation of State-owned enterprises (SOE) allows for greater financial transparency while still retaining the interest of the State, says the Asian Development Bank.

This would also strengthen corporate governance, said ADB Pacific private sector development initiative (PSDI) SOE reform team leader Laure Darcy.

Partial privatisation involves offering a portion of the shares of an SOE to private investors, who may be individuals or corporate entities, she told The National.

This can be expected to have a positive effect on performance in a number of ways.

Darcy said the sale of shares would provide an injection of new capital to the SOE, depending on the nature of the investors.

This can also provide access to new technology, expertise, and markets, she said. In addition, private investors will expect a commercial return on their investment, so will demand that the SOE maintain a board of qualified directors and operates on a fully commercial basis.

Darcy said partial privatisation could also mean...

09:32

Important notice from Netlog NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE


Important notice from Netlog

NETLOG SECURITY INCIDENT
Hello,

We are writing because you registered for Netlog before December 2012. Netlog was a social networking platform operated by Massive Media, a Belgium-based company which also operated a number of social platforms, including Twoo. While the Netlog service was discontinued in 2015, we are writing to let you know that we recently learned that in November 2012 there was a data compromise that involved your Netlog account.

Incident Details.
Through proactive data security monitoring, our security team recently discovered that a database compromise occurred in November of 2012. The database contained users email address and password information if they registered on Netlog prior to December 2012. We have confirmed that the database did not contain any government issued identification numbers, payment card, or banking information and we have no reason to believe any other data or service was compromised.

Our Response. As part of our response, we notified all known affected Netlog users, as well as those authorities as required by law.

Actions You Should Take. Netlog is not operational, so there is nothing for you to do on Netlog.

In the event you are still using the email and password combination you used for Netlog in 2012 on other active Internet accounts, we advise you to promptly update your password for those accounts.

Here are some helpful tips for creating and maintaining your passwords:

Use a unique password that is not used on other websites
Dont use personal information or common words 
Use a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols in your password and make sure its at least 8 characters
Update your passwords on a regular basis (every ninety days)

If you have any additional questions, please contact security@netlog.com.

08:44

TREADING DANGEROUSLY THE ENGAN BLACK JESUS - ROBIN ISAAC PNGBLOGS


by MOSES KAPILI

Authorities in PNG and  Enga and the Apostolic Churches of PNG should look closely at ROBIN ISAAC, who is the founder of Kanamanda Community Fellowship in Pogera, Enga Province.

By now it is very clear that the organisation he runs and heavily promoted on Social Media promotes sexual acts between adults and teenagers, underage marriage, polygamy between adult men and teenage girls, he also heavily promotes Homosexuality and perverts the Apostolic Churches of Papua New Guinea.

He promotes himself as the Father of Faith and the seed of God's earthly Human Kingdom, he teaches that Abraham has more than one wife. God purposeful called him holy and his leadership legacy remains for all to come.  Standing on this teaching he promotes sex between his followers.

From his followers he choose 12 girls from the surrounding villages to be his wives. Almost all his followers are illiterates and by following his fake teaching of him being the seed of Abraham on this planet now, he continues to mislead the people who follow him.  "I have 12 young girls.They requested me because they trusted my leadership so I accepted their requests"

This is not the first cult following someone in PNG started, we all know of what happened to Steven Tari, the Black jesus of Madang.

The Kanamanda Community Fellowship is a cargo cult church and needs to be raided and shut down, it promotes Homosexuality, underage marriage and sex, cargo cult teaching and perverts Biblical teachings.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Tari
Tari's cult, which is estimated to have numbered as many as 6,000, became notorious for its alleged use of "flower girls" who served as concubines for Tari. The girls dress in scant clothing. The Lutheran Church, very prominent in Papua New Guinea, declared Tari an "enemy of the church".[4]...

07:18

Robbery of the 21st Century PNGBLOGS

by GOVERNOR PHILIP UNDIALU
 
Some commentators think that this problem can be solved by me moving to the opposition. But my problem is, opposition is made up of people who signed this particular deal in 2008 & 2009.

Through this government, am pushing hard to secure the 4.27% fr
ee carry. It was initially agreed for a price of K3b. No responsible government will ever charge landowners K3b for the very resources they owned.

Kokopo UBSA and respective LBBSAs were signed without complying to Section 47 of OGAS or the requirement of full scale social mapping and landowner identification studies. This blunder has prevented us from releasing the royalty and equity funds. So far, Clan Vetting process completed from Portion 152/Plant Site, Pipeline, Angore to be completed this month, Juha in progress, and this year they'll complete Hides PDL1 & PDL7. Meanwhile, more than K600m in royalty and equity funds held on trust by MRDC & BPNG. I'm also pushing for the missing K1.2b with the project operator.

Certain provisions to the Oil and Gas Act need to be amended as proposed at Governor's Conference in Madang. Government suppor...

05:00

What now, Australia? Youre being truly outgunned by China Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

China in PNGFRANCIS NII

KUNDIAWA - The recent surge of Chinese influence in the western Pacific and especially in Australias former colony Papua New Guinea should not be a surprise.

China has been in the region long enough to capitalise on weaknesses in the Papua New Guinea-Australia relationship.

Instead of Australia getting anxious and wringing its hands, Canberra should be asking where it has gone wrong as PNGs big brother and start working on fixing the relationship.

The official Chinese presence in PNG goes back to 1976 when the Peoples Republic of China established diplomatic ties soon after PNG gained independence in 1975.

So China has been here for over 41 years providing investment and development aid to PNG. But it was only after 2000 that bilateral ties with PNG in investment, health, education and infrastructure intensified. And this included military training for the PNG Defence Force in 2013. That was a signal.

Although Australia has provided billions of dollars worth of aid to PNG annually since independence half a billion a year currently - debate about its impact has been contentious.

How has this huge amount of aid transformed the general development of PNG and the livelihood of its people, especially the rural majority who reside in traditional communities?

There have been many impediments to aid effectiveness. One good example is the road system.

Difficulty in service delivery posed by the lack of efficient transport has been a significant obstacle to success.

About 85% of PNGs population dwell in rural communities scattered across remote and rugged terrain where road access is a major problem.

Most of these communities have no road access even in this 21st century. Villages and hamlets only accessible by plane or chopper make services delivery expensive and often impossible.

Australia knows about this and has documented it in numerous aid review reports. But its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has largely failed to address this huge problem.

As PNGs traditional ally and closest neighbour, Australia could have done much more in this sphere a decent road system is imperative to equitable economic development in this country.

Instead DFAT has over the years tailored program predominantly toward human development, specifically health and education, and...

04:20

Link NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE

190718PRESIDENT MOMIS WELCOMES DEFAMATION CLAIM
New Dawn FM News
The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS has accepted the legal challenge DYSON KAETAVARA wants to instigate for defaming him and his group as acting like terrorists.
Whilst responding to a series allegations, President MOMIS said that their first actions of running vehicles on the airport tarmac and demanding keys from ABG Ministers vehicles are acts of terrorism.
He said stopping a plane from landing at the airport is an act of terrorism and nothing else.
President MOMIS said this type of action Bougainville must reject as Bougainville wants peace and Bougainvilleans need to work together in unity for the common good of all Bougainvilleans.
He said that he welcomed MR. KAETAVARA to take him to court as he has no hidden agenda and what he said was true.

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04:11

Airport Security Couldn't Believe Who Was Smuggled In This Pipe "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When going through airport security, carrying a big metal pipe inside your suitcase is a sure way to trigger some suspicion.

That was the case for officers at Sentani International Airport in New Guinea last week and their instinct that something was awry turned out to save a life.

The pipe was long and it appeared to be stuffed with something, but when guards questioned the passenger, he claimed it was packed with clothes.

Credit: Facebook/Traffic Southeast Asia

Inside was actually a monitor lizard, likely stolen from his home in the wild to be sold into the illegal pet trade.

This type of lizard, known as the Papuan or crocodile monitor, is a species endemic to New Guinea that can grow up to 8 feet long from nose to tail. They often live in mangrove swamps and rainforests in the southeastern part of the island and occasionally are captured to become pets.

Credit: Facebook/Traffic Southeast Asia

While the lizards are not considered endangered by the IUCN Red List, they still face threats from deforestation and poachers who hunt them for their skins.

Luckily, after his near-tragic trip, this striking reptile now has a second chance at life in the wild where he belongs.

Credit: Flickr/Cuatrok77

A round of applause for aviation security and quarantine officials, who weren't fooled by a declaration of 'clothes' on a consignment, Traffic Southeast Asia...

04:08

Link NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE

190718POLICE MINISTER APPEAL FOR UNDERSTANDING
New Dawn FM News
The ABG Minister for Police and Justice, WILLIE MASIU today appealed for both the service providers and the Government to come to terms and discuss their issues in an amicable way.
MR. MASIU said the situation has reached a point in which they are now accusing its other on media.
He said that he feels that the service providers should be heard by the Administration and going directly to the President is not right.
MR. MASIU says those who organize the contracts are public servants who must come out now and address this problem.

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04:07

Link NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE

190718PRESIDENT SAYS STATESMENT BY DYSON MISLEADING
New Dawn FM News
ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS today responded to calls by MR. DYSON KAETAVARA for the ABG President to resign because he has not signed their letter to get funds from the NATIONAL GOVERNMENT and other serious allegations of the President, the chief secretary and lady Momis.
MR. KAETAVARA made these allegations in an exclusive interview aired on Radio Bougainville at ten pm last night.
President Momis said that some of the statements were false and misleading and have serious consequences and can mislead the people of Bougainville to rebel against their own government.
President Momis said that ABG their mandated government is committed to fight for the interest and welfare of the people of Bougainville and will never do anything to undermine the interest of Bougainville and especially the future of Bougainville.
He said that their Government has represented the people in all negotiations in all talks with the National Government and other development partners because this is your government.
President MOMIS said Bougainville is very close to the window of this new Opportunity that will allow us to create the kind of quality Government that can really serve the people of Bougainville into the future.
He said as the President of Bougainville, he will not listen to a minority who are using bullying tactics to force him to break the law to help them and not the majority of service providers who have remained calm because they know their government has no money at the moment.
President Momis said if funds become available they will pay all genuine claims including claims by the service providers who are currently making so much noise.

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04:00

Australias influence in and knowledge of the Pacific diminishes Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Chinese navy destroyer
Chinese navy destroyer - eyes on the Pacific as Australian influence wanes

ROWAN CALLICK | The Australian | Extracts

You can read Rowan Callicks complete article here

BEIJING - Asia is heading into typhoon season, symbolising the rivalries being unleashed in the region with a fervour not seen for decades.

The great global powers are jockeying to position themselves to emerge on top from the big annual summits they increasingly seek to game to demonstrate their authority and attractiveness.

An early indication of where Australia stands will come from the annual Australia-US Ministerial Consultations in California next Monday and Tuesday.

Foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop and defence minister Marise Payne will meet US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Jim Mattis.

While Washington probably will look for Canberra to commit to greater efforts to challenge Chinas militarisation of the South China Sea, it also will want to hear from the Australians about the legislation they have introduced to guard against undue international influence at home.

Discussions are set to include Chinas fast-growing involvement in the Pacific Islands region, which has tended to be viewed by Washington as an area best managed in terms of ensuring its political inclinations lean towards the West by Canberra, assisted by Wellington.

Yet it will prove difficult to counter President Xi Jinpings success in pushing China towards a dominant regional position despite having only North Korea as an ally and having no real friends in Asia or the Pacific by the brilliant device of weaponising economic interdependence.

The central role played in the Pacific by China will be showcased at this years Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation leaders summit, to be held in Port Moresby on 17-18 November.

China has spent $82 million on...

03:59

Link NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE

190718 CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL 3 FOR BUKA
New Dawn FM News

One of the organizers of the Bougainville Chocolate Festival JAMES BUTUBU is calling on all Cocoa farmers to be ready to send their samples to the Chocolate Festival Committee so that they can market their blocks.
The Bougainville Chocolate festival was held in Buin and Arawa and would be held for the first time in Buka and would be staged at the Hutjena field.
MR. BUTUBU said that the aim of the festival is to market Bougainville cocoa to Chocolate makers in Australia and New Zealand and other people who are interested in Bougainville cocoa.
He said that in the past the festival has identified farmers who have organized market supplies with Chocolate makers overseas.
MR. BUTUBU said there will be competition on the biggest cocoa pods/beans and the best dried cocoa beans.
He said samples can be brought to DPI office in BUIN, ARAWA and BUKA.
The festival will be held for two days on the 21st and 22nd of September this year.
Ends

03:58

Link NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE

190718THE CALL HAS TWISTED AROUND
New Dawn FM News
The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS has been called on to resign as President as the Service Providers issue twists to another level.
Spokesperson for the service providers, DYSON KAETAVARA made the call in an exclusive interview on Radio Bougainville last night.
MR. KAETAVARA denied any involvement in the security alert that had the AIR NIUGINI flight from Port Moresby to Buka diverted to Rabaul last Friday.
He said that he had personally went to the Ground Staff mentioning threats of a possible grounding of the Air Niugini plane if it landed at the Buka airport.
MR. KAETAVARA called on the President to resign as he also called him and his group terrorists.
He also mentioned funds secured outside of the ABG that only needed the President to sign a letter wrote by him to guarantee the payment.
PRESIDENT MOMIS had earlier told a Press conference that it was against government protocols and good governance for him to sign their document.
He said all claims must come through the relevant departments within the ABG for screening and payment.
Ends

03:00

PNGs brush with the infamous Baader Meinhof Gang Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

TerroristenALLYN HICKS

SYDNEY - The recent death of Papua New Guineas former director of public prosecutions, Kevin Egan, in Hong Kong brought memories of two interesting cases he handled in Port Moresby in the late 1970s.

One was the jailing of former member of parliament Nahau Rooney, who was released the next day after the intervention of then prime minister Sir Michael Somare. The other was the conviction and jailing of a German national, Rene Gorlitz, 29.

In mid-1977, Gorlitz and his girlfriend, Ingrid Koch, also 29, stole a yacht in Sydney Harbour and sailed it to Milne Bay where they were arrested and transferred to Port Moresby.

Gorlitz was found guilty and ended up in Bomana. Koch was deported.

Around the same time, on the other side of the world, a leader of the notorious Baader Meinhof Gang, Andries Baader, was sentenced to life in prison. His partner, Ulrich Meinhof, had committed suicide in May 1976.

Baader Meinhof was a ruthless terrorist organisation responsible for numerous murders, hijackings, bombings and kidnappings throughout Europe. The gang subsequently morphed into the Red Army Faction which continued to operate until the end of the 1990s.

The first hint of a PNG connection to the Baader Meinhof Gang came when the government-appointed defence lawyer for Gorlitz received a message, purportedly from a Gang cadre, indicating that the organisation was not happy with the effort he had put into defending Gorlitz.

The message hinted that further action would be considered. The lawyer decided it was a good time to take extended leave.

There was another twist. On 13 July 1977 the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked a Lufthansa jet in a failed attempt to secure the release of Baader and several other gang members. On hearing of the failure, Baader and his cohorts committed suicide.

Not long after Baaders death became public knowledge, Gorlitz hung himself in his cell.

Whether he did so in sympathy with the other Gang members is open to question.

However, as he had links to that organisation, it was a possibility.

Thursday, 19 July

21:14

Australia repositions Australia Pacific Technical College to complement Pacific Labour Scheme, says Bishop Papua New Guinea Today

Australia says its seasonal worker programme in the Pacific has been a real success.

Driven by demand from Australias regions, its grown from a little over 1,000 workers in 2013 to close to 8,000 last year, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

Already 25,000 workers have generated about AU$145 million (US$107 million) in net income to the Pacific since the programme commenced.

What is great about the scheme is that it fills Australian employment gap while also supporting Pacific Islanders gain skills and supporting their economies by way of increased remittances to communities, Bishop told Australia Pacific Partnership conference in Queensland earlier this month.

The sectors of primary focus under the work scheme include hospitality, food services, health, aged care and social assistance.

Demands for jobs from employers in these sectors are expected to grow between 100,000 to 250,000 positions during the next four years. Other sectors include non-seasonal agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

To complement the Pacific Labour Scheme, Bishop announced the re-orientation of the Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC) to allow Pacific Islanders who want to work in Australia to develop skills they need.

Set up over a decade ago under the Howard Government to deliver Australia qualifications to students from 14 Pacific Island Countries studying across five different campuses. There have been more than 12,000 graduates including more than 5,000 women and 80 percent of graduates end up working in their qualified trade, said Bishop.

She announced that TAFE Queensland has won the tender for the next phase of APTC, so that it can continue to grow a pool of skilled and competitive Pacific workers who participate in their own labour markets, as well as taking advantage of the wider regional opportunities created by the Pacific Labour Scheme.

Workers from Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu have started work on Hayman and Hamilton Islands in North Queensland, as part of Turnbull Governments newest Pacific Labour Mobility initiative which commenced this month.

SOURCE: PACNEWS

21:13

Telecommunication companies in Fiji to be fined for poor services Papua New Guinea Today

Telecommunication companies in Fiji will be fined for prolonged fallout time and connection in the new financial year.

Communications Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in his 2018/2019 National Budget addressed said this initiative will serve as a further incentive to ensure promised network coverage is maintained.

He adds it will also give consumers the opportunity to access the services they are paying for.

Digicel Fiji, chief executive, Mike Greig says the telecommunications Company supports this move by the government as its taking the lead role in advocating for the consumers.

Greig says this initiative is a further boost for Digicel to strive to provide the best to its customers.

We have our own key performance initiative, we have our own standards that we set ourselves and as a CEO I am judged by those, my staff are judged by those. So we take service and service performance very seriously. So I applaud the government in advocating for the consumers also thats something we take very seriously and we advocate for as well internally and we obviously want to do the very best we can to make sure our services stand up.

According to the Telecommunications Act 2008, it prescribes fines not exceeding $1 million for telecommunications service disruptions or outages.

The new legislation also proposes a framework for compensation to be awarded by service providers to consumers for service disruptions or outages.

SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS

21:09

Criminalise people trafficking in Fiji U.S report Papua New Guinea Today

Fiji has been told to amend its Crimes Decree to criminalise all forms of trafficking in persons.

Thats one of the key recommendations presented in the 2018 Report on Trafficking in Persons that has been released by the U.S State Department.

Criminalising trafficking in persons will include forced labour, says the recommendation.

The U.S Government also wants Fiji to designate a government agency responsible for coordinating victim services and make efforts to allow identified trafficking victims to work and earn income while assisting with investigations.

Overall, the report states the government of Fiji does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons, says the United States government's 2018 report on Trafficking in Persons.

As a result, Fiji has been placed in a tier 2 watch-list category because the absolute number of victims of severe forms of trafficking is very significant or is significantly increasing and there is a failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons from the previous year.

The 2018 report states that Fiji is making significant efforts to curb trafficking in persons.

The government demonstrated significant efforts during the reporting period by investigating six trafficking cases, prosecuting three suspected traffickers, providing services to six victims, providing anti-trafficking training to police recruits, and acceding to the 2000 UN TIP Protocol, says the report.

However, the government did not convict any traffickers for the third consecutive year or dedicate sufficient resources to officials leading anti-trafficking efforts. It did not proactively screen for trafficking victims among vulnerable groups, particularly children exploited in sex trafficking, or take steps to implement its anti-trafficking national action plan, states the report.

There are several recommendations for Fiji in the report.

Some of them being a call to dedicate and increase resources for the police anti-trafficking unit and developing and implementing formal victim identification and referral procedures.

Other recommendations state Fiji should proactively screen vulnerable groups, such as foreign migrant workers on fishing vessels and those allegedly involved in prostitution and exploited children for trafficking.

Fiji is being told to enforce its laws to punish offenders.

Increase efforts to investigate and prosecute tra...

13:07

2 Orang Pasukan TPN PB Tewas di Medan Pertempuran Papua Merdeka News

Selamat jalan para pejuang West Papua. Kalian gugur di medan pertempuran untuk kebebasan, keadilan dan martabat Bangsa West Papua. Tanggal 17 Juli 2018, dua anggota Tentara Pembebasan Nasional West Papua gugur di medan peperangan di Nduga, West Papua. Mereka yang gugur: 1.Prekianus Operasi Kogoya Tempat tanggal lahir.Geselema 25 Nopember 1995 Pangkat Letkol Kolonel. Jabatan Komadan

2 Orang Pasukan TPN PB Tewas di Medan Pertempuran was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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09:51

ONeill promises more delays for LNG payments Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Landowners face more delays before receiving promised benefits

Royalty payments to be released after proper clan-vetting process done

The National aka The Loggers Times | 18 July 2018

PRIME Minister Peter ONeill says royalty payments for landowners of the PNG LNG project will only be released after proper landowner identification is completed through the clan-vetting process.

ONeill said this in Parliament yesterday when responding to questions from Sinasina-Yongomugl MP Kerenga Kua.
Kua said the Government had not honoured most of its landowner commitments under the umbrella benefit sharing agreement (UBSA).

That included non-payment of royalties and equities, infrastructure development grants, business development grants and the seven per cent equity participation.

Kua asked ONeill whether Government had delivered all these commitments to the people of Hela and Southern Highlands.

The prime minister said his Government was committed to honour a...

09:18

No more mine waste dumping in rivers Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

The Ok Tedi mine has destroyed the Fly River system (Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

PNG urged to use history to deal with mine waste

The National aka The Loggers Times | 18 July 2018

PAPUA New Guinea has lessons to learn from Fly River in Western when working on the Mine Waste Management Policy framework, according to Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazard Management.

Asavi Kendua from the department says the mine waste management plan should indicate mine waste avoidance, reduction and mitigation strategies.

In his presentation during a seminar on capacity development in mine waste management in PNG, Kendua said treatment of mine waste, including mine waste water, had to be done in accordance with the Environment Act 2000.

He said it also had to abide by any co...

08:43

Ok Tedi funds not safe: MRDC a milking cow for people in Waigani Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

ONeill clears air on K200m mine fund

The National aka The Loggers Times | 18 July 2018

PRIME Minister Peter ONeill told Parliament yesterday that well over K200 million from OK Tedi Mine is currently accumulating in the Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) and non-CMCA trust accounts for the people of Western.

He said this in response to questions from Middle Fly MP James Donald on why Government had made a decision to transfer money in the CMCA and the non-CMCA trust accounts to Mineral Resource Development Company (MRDC).
Donald said he was very concerned because MRDC was a milking cow for people in Waigani.

I asked the prime minister earlier on and he had given me and the people of Western province assurance that the funds were in safe hands, he said.

An NEC decision in June 2017 has stated that after the audits of the CMCA and the non-CMCA trust accounts, the balance of the funds, will be transferred to MRDC.

I am very concerned that the prime minister has lied to me and the people of Western.

MRDC is a milking cow for...

07:05

Google braced for giant Android fine from EU Papua New Guinea Today

EU: Google will learn if it faces a record fine over its Android operating system.
The European Commission has claimed the US tech giants mobile device strategy unfairly strengthened its dominance of search.
The regulator can fine the firm up to 10 per cent of its annual revenue which amounts to US$11.1billion (K36.1 billion).
It could also force Google to unbundle Android from its Chrome browser and other services.
Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has previously ordered the firm to pay a 2.4 billion Euro (K9.07 million) fine over its shopping comparison service a ruling Google is in the process of appealing against.
In addition, her investigators are probing the practices of its advert-placing business AdSense as part of a separate inquiry.
The Android ruling was originally expected earlier this month, but Reuters reported that it had been postponed to avoid a clash with President Trumps visit to Europe.
The European Commission first began scrutinising Android in April 2015, following a complaint by Fairsearch a trade group that originally included Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle among its members.
At that point, Android had a 64 per cent share of Europes handset market, according to research firm Statcounter. It has since grown to 74 per cent.
The commission subsequently made three specific allegations of anti-competitive behaviour, saying Google was:
n Requiring Android handset and tablet manufacturers to set its search engine as the default and pre-install the Chrome browser before allowing them to offer access to its Play app store;
n Preventing manufacturers from selling mobile devices powered by rival operating systems based on Androids open source code; and
n Giving device manufacturers and mobile networks financial incentives to provide its own search service as the sole pre-installed option.
In response, Google denied obliging device-makers to preload any of its apps.
It also claimed that distributing Google Search and the Play store together had made it possible to offer its services for free.
The commissions approach would mean less innovation, less choice, less competition, and higher prices, its global affairs chief blogged.
He added that in any case, Apple and its rival iOS operating system gave consumers an alternative.
For its part, Fairsearch wants the regulator to look to the future.
The anti-competitive harm is likely to go far beyond...

06:56

PNG Hunters team for round 19 match against Norths Devils Papua New Guinea Today

SP Hunters backrower Rhadley Brawa has been omitted for this weekends Intrust Super Cup Round 19 Country Week clash against Norths Devils in Lae, Morobe Province.
Brawa was cited for a dangerous tackle in last Sundays game against Northern Pride and suspended for three matches by the QRL Judiciary. Stanton Albert has been named at lock in an otherwise unchanged starting line up from Sunday.
The 20-man squad is:
1. Edene GABBIE
2. Junior RAU
3. Thompson TETEH
4. Adex WERA
5. Brendon GOTUNO
6. Ase BOAS Captain
7. Watson BOAS
8. Enock MAKI
9. Wartovo PUARA Jr
10. Moses MENINGA
11. Nixon PUTT
12. Willie MINOGA
13. Stanton ALBERT
Interchange
14. Charlie SIMON
15. Paul WAWA
16. McKenzie YEI
17. Dilbert ISAAC
18. Sailas GAHUNA
19. Ila ALU
20. Butler MORRIS
(Three to be omitted)
Coach Michael Marum will finalise the 18-man side at the Captains Run at 3pm on Saturday at the Lae Rugby League grounds. The final 17 run-on side will be named an hour before kick off on Sunday.
The Hunters team travel to Lae this afternoon. On Friday and Saturday, the team will attend several coaching clinics and hospital visit.
The country week game themed Get In The Game against Norths Devils kicks off at 3pm on Sunday (July 22) at the Lae Rugby League ground.
The first game on Sunday which kicks off at 12.15pm is a Digicel Cup round 16 fixture between hosts Lae Snax Tigers and Enga Mioks.
Tickets for the game cost K50 per person and are available at Brian Bell and Foodmart in town and Andersons at Eriku.

05:00

So much to say, but let me begin: Some words come from pain Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Vanessa
Vanessa Gordon

VANESSA GORDON

BRISBANE - I have so much to say. I don't know where to begin. I'll start with I do not think all men are savages.

I am not a misandrist in any way, shape or form. I appreciate that Papua New Guinean men play a pivotal role in PNG society. I get it. Mi save tu lo pasin lo ples ,na kastom. Iau nunure. Mi save!

Secondly, I will always support a PNG writer, male or female. I will read, share and buy your work. I will wave my PNG flag beaming with pride around the world. Your words come from a place from deep within.

Ward Barry, you have this thing called freedom of speech and right of assembly. You are able to express your thoughts. You can express your thoughts and creative gifts through poetry. And others that read your work can respond with the same rights.

I have enjoyed your poetry in the past. Did I enjoy this particular poem? I am indifferent. I feel nothing.

My indifference is not against you personally. My problem is not with your poem. My problem is the way you have responded to the many women who have had valid and clear points regarding your poem.

Your perspective has been heard and read multiple times. Your message is loud and clear. You have proven a point. You are a great guy we get it. You love women. You love PNG women.

Thank you for not raping us; thank you so much for not molesting our daughters; thank you for not man-handling and groping us on PMVs, in the markets and on dance floors in the clubs. Thank you for not burning us at the stake.

You are commended. Did you want a medal? Or a certificate of appreciation?

Jordan Dean, you too are commended for defending your brother. I presume you don't understand what all the fuss is about? Why are so many women up in arms? What's the big deal?

Let me flip the scenario for you. A white guy writes a poem. Yes, I'll use white guy as an example because, Ward, I've seen your comments against the white man.

Apparently we P...

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Are PNG men really savage? A balanced view about PNG Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

JORDAN DEAN GGG Report

PORT MORESBY - Colonial literature portrayed Papua New Guinea as an exotic and savage paradise. I am surprised that view is still maintained by Australians and some learned Papua Guineans.

One such view is that Papua New Guinean men do not respect and treat our women properly. This is a slap in the face for all the caring gentlemen in Papua New Guinea. We know how to open doors, buy chocolates and golden necklaces for our women. We love our women just like anyone else. We dont live in the stone-age.

Lets not confuse ourselves with equality and gender based violence.  Equality equal access to resources and opportunities between men and women. GBV violence against women. Using economic terms, equality is macro whilst GBV is micro in nature.

I am all for equality and a level playing field. I believe PNG is a country of equal opportunities. In the process of trying to give a based view, Ive been called names online and misunderstood.

We have laws protecting womens rights and all our national policies involved equal participation. The government and all companies are equal employers. Men and women are paid the same based on education, qualifications and position ranking.

Our tertiary institutions enrol more females than male students. Australian Awards offers more scholarships to females than males. Infact, women have more opportunities than men in tertiary education.

Women have the same constitutional rights as men to contest in elections. Unfortunately, none of them won in the 2017 elections.

Yes, we have a problem with GBV which is often caused by alcohol, insecurity, jealousy, etc. This is micro in nature because it occurs within a relationship and family.

Both are global issues and not confined to PNG alone. Quantifying the issues is crucial in our understanding of where we stand and whether PNG is really a savage country.

The Global Gender Gap Report from the World Economic Forum ranks 150 countries on gender equality. The Forum ranks countries against four main dimensions: economic participation and opportunity; educational attainment; health and survival; and political representation.

According to its most recent report of November 2017, the 15 worst countries for gender equality are; Qatar, Turkey, Mauritania, T...

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Utilities reform needed for better service delivery in the Pacific ADB Malum Nalu

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (18 July 2017) Investments in basic services must be complemented by policy and regulatory reforms as well as capacity development to support a shift towards more commercially viable utilities in the Pacific, says the latest issue of the Asian Development Banks (ADB) Pacific Economic Monitor (PEM) launched today.

It is commendable that Pacific governments are stepping up their infrastructure investments, for example, in renewable energy to help reduce electricity costs and progress towards ambitious international climate change commitments, said ADB Director General for the Pacific Ms Carmela Locsin.

These efforts must be complemented by critical reforms to improve the efficiency and performance of utilities responsible for providing basic services in Pacific economies, including the promotion of further private sector participation.   

Economic prospects for the Pacific remain positive, but growth will remain slow compared to other subregions, according to the report.

For 2018, growth in the Pacific is expected to remain flat at 2.2%.

 This is partly due to the impacts of disasters including an earthquake in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Cyclone Gita in Tonga last February.

Economic recovery in PNG and rising investment in Timor-Leste are expected to push growth in the Pacific to 3.0% in 2019.

The monitor, the flagship economic publication of ADBs Pacific Department, focuses on country issues and current policy themes.

The latest issue focuses on the developments in the utilities sector, particularly electricity.

Access to electricity is low in the Pacific, particularly in the more remote and less developed parts of the subregion.

This is due to the countries dependence on expensive fossil fuels for power generation, inadequate investment in infrastructure, and electricity services costs that can be beyond the means of rural households.

About 20% of PNGs population, for instance, has access to electricity and that number falls to 13% in rural areas, according to the report.

 Without access to electricity, public services cannot be properly delivered, and business activity is constrainedresulting in unfulfilled economic growth potential.

Although PNG has enviable potential to produce power, significant investment in the sector is needed to reach the countrys goal of 70% electrification by 2030.

The Monitor looks at how diversifying energy sources can help to lower costs by reducing dependency on expensive diesel, and how improved regulation can help attract much-needed investment and expand consumer access to electricity.

The monitor includes a series of short articles on efforts to improve electricity access in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu; initiatives to bring innovation a...

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