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Monday, 23 October

23:06

Abel Briefs World Bank and IMF on Advancement of PNG Economy, Submarine Internet Cable and Concessional Funding for Restructuring Debt Discussed Papua New Guinea Today

Engagement with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, that will stimulate positive economic development in the face of global challenges, has been advanced at meetings in Washington D.C. by the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Hon. Charles Abel MP.
Deputy Prime Minister Abel said the new submarine fibre optic communications cable project, that will deliver cheaper and faster Internet, and the provision of concessional financing for the restructuring of existing debt, will deliver positive economy stimulus for the economy.
Papua New Guinea has a close working relationship with the World Bank and IMF, and the benefits of this engagement will become even more obvious to our people with the delivery of cheaper and faster Internet.
Working with the World Bank, and also our partners in Australia, the new submarine communications cable will deliver greater Internet access for Papua New Guineans.
The new communications cable will make the Internet we received on our computers and smart phones much faster, and with the increased supply we will see Internet data prices fall.
Increased access to the Internet is essential if we are to advance Papua New Guineas economy and improve service delivery.
"The submarine cable has been the subject of much discussion in recent years, and now we are moving ahead so that it will be in place ahead of the APEC Summit.
"The time given to our country by the World Bank and IMF executive for meetings in Washington was tremendous.
"I took the opportunity to remind them of the particular circumstances of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific small island states.
"I said PNG has globally significant natural assets to build a new, responsible, sustainable economy that brings inclusive development to its people but also can support climate change mitigation globally.
"We are confronted with our immediate development challenges and are also on the frontline of the effects of climate change."
The Deputy Prime Minister said discussions with the World Bank on restructuring existing debt with concessional funding will further simplify debt that has been established over recent decades, and reduce servicing costs.
"Papua New Guinea has never defaulted on a debt payment, and this is respected by global institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
"We are in talks with the World Bank and IMF so that we can bring together a number of scattered debts and consolidate these under a single debt facility at a much more favourable interest rate.
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21:11

Nauru detention centre contract: Canstruct must walk away from business in abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Department of Immigration revealed in Senate Estimates today that Australian engineering firm Canstruct was the only company approached to tender for the contract to run Australias immigration detention centre on Nauru.

Keren Adams, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said, if it goes ahead with the contract, Canstruct will be complicit in an intentionally abusive system.

There are huge legal, financial and reputational risks for any company involved with Australias abusive offshore detention centres. Weve already seen Transfield and Ferrovial walk away from Manus and Nauru after a successful, sustained global campaign by human rights groups. Canstruct should seriously reflect on what they are getting themselves into, said Ms Adams.

"The offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island continue to be the sites of horrific and ongoing violations, including illegal detention, sexual assault and child abuse. What kind of organisation looks at that abuse and sees an opportunity for profit? There is simply no ethical way for a company to run these centres," said Ms Adams.

A leaked memo from Canstructs CEO last week, shows the company would take over the contract to run the Nauru centre by the end of the month, and will be paid $8 million by the Australian Government. According to the Immigration Department, no other company was interested in taking on the contract.

"Australias offshore detention is, by design, a regime of cruelty intended to breed hopelessness and despair. Canstruct say they are a family company all about helping communities and building bridges. If that really is the case it surely recognises that the indefinite warehousing of people seeking asylum and refugees in inhumane conditions is not acceptable business for any company." said Ms Adams.

The Nauru detention centre currently houses 369 people, including many children. However the 900 men remaining on Manus Island have recently been informed they can volunteer to move to the Nauru centre, suggesting the Australian Government intends to consolidate its offshore processing regime there.

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13:23

Publikasi Dokumen Rahasia A.S. dan Langkah Perjuangan Kemerdekaan West Papua Papua Merdeka News

Publikasi dokumen rahasia Amerika Serikat oleh tiga lembaga resmi negara Paman Sam beberapa hari lalu mendapatkan berbagai macam tanggapan dari sejumlah pihak, baik di Tanah Papua maupun di Indonesia. Tanggapan curiga, tidak ada apa-apa, dan tanggapan menentang muncul dari Indonesia. Dari Tanah Papua, ada kesan seolah-olah kita dapat memanfaatkan dokumen rahasia dimaksud untuk mengkampanyekan Papua

Publikasi Dokumen Rahasia A.S. dan Langkah Perjuangan Kemerdekaan West Papua was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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12:23

NEC approves 5yr extension for registration of land groups PNG Daily News

 
October 20, 2017 
Source: The National
 
 
THE National Executive Council (NEC) has approved a five-year extension for the registration of Integrated Land Groups(ILGs).
 
Lands and Physical Planning Minister Justin Tkatchenko told The National that it would be welcomed by the business community, especially in the agriculture sector, resources sectors and industries.
 
The extension is expected to give time to landowners to clearly identify their land.
 
The deadline lapsed in February.
 
NEC has approved for the five-year extension for the ILGs to be identified and certified as requested by the industry and business houses, especially the New Britain Oil Palm, Mineral Resources Development Corporation, Oil Search and the big companies that deal with landowners in their developments and activities, he said.
 
Whether its agriculture, mining or development, whatever the area is, the ILGs can now be properly and correctly identified.
 
Tkatchenko said a lot of ILGs had still not been clearly identified when the deadline lapsed eight months ago.
 
Customary landowners and ownership of this ILGs have not been properly identified, he said.
 
So there was a request for the business side of things and for our big corporate companies that deal with customary land and landowners in our country.
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12:16

Lt. Gen TRWP A. Tabi: Publikasi Dokumen Rahasia A.S Itu Lagu Lama! Papua Merdeka News

Banyak tanggapan muncul dari Indonesia maupun dari Tanah Papua terhadap publikasi dokumen rahasia Amerika Serikat baru-baru ini. Di Indonesia sendiri ditanggapi beragam. Ada yang mengatakan publikasi ini bermaksud tertentu, yang akibatnya akan merugikan Indonesia. Yang lain mengatakan publikasi ini tidak berpengaruh apa-apa terhadap keutuhan NKRI. Yang lain lagi tidak mau berpendapat, mereka menjalani hidup dengan

Lt. Gen TRWP A. Tabi: Publikasi Dokumen Rahasia A.S Itu Lagu Lama! was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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10:39

Abel Briefs World Bank and IMF on Next Moves to Advance PNGs Submarine Internet Cable and Discussed Concessional Funding for Restructuring Debt PNG Daily News

 

22 October 2017
Source: Office Of The Prime Minister

Engagement with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, that will stimulate positive economic development in the face of global challenges, has been advanced at meetings in Washington D.C. by the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Hon. Charles Abel MP.

 

Deputy Prime Minister Abel said the new submarine fibre optic communications cable project, that will deliver cheaper and faster Internet, and the provision of concessional financing for the restructuring of existing debt, will deliver positive economy stimulus for the economy.

 

Papua New Guinea has a close working relationship with the World Bank and IMF, and the benefits of this engagement will become even more obvious to our people with the delivery of cheaper and faster Internet.

 

Working with the World Bank, and also our partners in Australia, the new submarine communications cable will deliver greater Internet access for Papua New Guineans.

 

The new communications cable will make the Internet we received on our computers and smart phones much faster, and with the increased supply we will see Internet data prices fall.

 

Increased access to the Internet is essential if we are to advance Papua New Guineas economy and improve service delivery.

 

The submarine cable has been the subject of much discussion in recent years, and now we are moving ahead so that it will be in place ahead of the APEC Summit.

 

The time given to our country by the World Bank and IMF executive for meetings in Washington was tremendous.

 

I took the opportunity to remind them of the particular circumstances of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific small island states.

 

I said PNG has globally significant natural assets to build a new, responsible, sustainable economy that brings inclusive development to its people but also can support climate change mitigation globally.

 

We are confronted with our immediate development challenges and are also on the frontline of the effects of climate change.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister said discussions with the World Bank on restructuring existing debt with concessional funding will further simplify debt that has been established over recent decades, and reduce servicing costs.

 

Papua New Guinea has never defaulted on a debt payment, and this is respected by global institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

 

We are in talks with the World Bank and IMF so that we can bring together a number of scattered debts and consolidate these under a single debt facility at a much more favourable interest rate.

 

Debt consolidation will save public funds...

10:19

07:23

Nations unite for RLWC 2017 launch Papua New Guinea Today

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup is just five days away and captains and coaches of all 14 nations gathered in Brisbane today to officially launch the tournament that will be played in 13 cities cross Australian, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Tournament CEO Andrew Hill, chairman Dr George Peponis, OAM, and Queensland Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, were on hand to launch the 28-game series that culminates with the final in Brisbane on Saturday, December 2.

The 15th Rugby League World Cup, which was first played in France in 1954, will kick-off in Melbourne on Friday night with the clash of century-old rivals, England and Australia, coached by iconic Queensland league figures Wayne Bennett and Mal Meninga.

The tournament will be contested by Australia, England, France, Lebanon (Pool A); New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Scotland (Pool B), Papua New Guinea, Wales, Ireland (Pool C), Fiji, Italy and United States (Pool D).

The new international eligibility rules are expected to ensure RLWC2017 is the most competitive and most watched World Cup in history.

Matches will be telecast by the Seven Network in Australia, Sky TV in New Zealand and EMTV in PNG.

The World Cup is huge for our game, we dont have fond memories of the last World Cup in Australia in 2008 so we want to turn that around, Australian captain Cameron Smith told the launch.

Its a celebration of our game and I think everyone who gets involved with this tournament and comes out and sees all the matches is going to be for a treat.

"There is going to be some great football played and there are some wonderful players on show throughout this tournament so I cant wait.

All the guys are really looking forward to getting out there on Friday night, they are excited about this campaign.

I think a lot of the focus and a lot of the talk from Mal [Meninga] and from myself is going to be about playing a good game of footy on Friday night because if you get beaten in that first game you put yourself into a tricky position heading into quarter finals and semi-finals.

England captain Sean OLoughlin said the English players were looking forward to playing in the tournament under master coach Wayne Bennett.

I think he just puts the boys under pressure to do the basic things well, OLoughlin said. "He has a heap of experience and I think the boys are feeding off that.

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07:00

The bright elusive butterflies of our minds Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

PHIL FITZPATRICK Midnight Blue

TUMBY BAY - When an old man or woman in the village says, I remember when ., and starts to hum a traditional song, many young Papua New Guineans switch off and start to play with their iPhones. Little do they realise what they are missing.

I arrived in Australia in 1956 as an eight year old child of migrant parents. I grew up in Elizabeth, the town where the last Australian built car rolled off the production line last Friday.

Elizabeth in those early years was a great place to live. It was an entirely new and modern town full to the brim with optimism for the future.

Nowadays it is a refuge and dumping ground for low socio-economic families.

This contrast between then and now prompted me to start putting together a memoir, Midnight Blue, of those early years and the way Elizabeth shaped my life.

This involved dredging up long forgotten memories, both my own and those of my family and friends.

During that process I learned how deeply memories can be buried in the mind and, importantly, how they can be revived. I especially learned the value of memory prompts or markers in that process.

These markers can be both physical and mental.

From my work with elders in Papua New Guinea and Aboriginal elders in Australia I know the value of these markers in accessing memory and the accompanying knowledge.

Heres an example.

When I was living in Hervey Bay in Queensland, the local Butchulla people would say to me, The mullet will be running soon, we should go across to Moon Point ready for them.

When I asked how they knew this, they would say, The native pine are nearly ready to flower, the mullet always come when the native pine flowers.

But how do you know the native pine are ready to flower?

Theyd look at me as if I was dumb and reply, The stars are telling us; that star in the east thats just become visible means the pine trees will soon flower.

And sure enough, the native pine would flower and people at Moon Point on Fraser Island would catch heaps of mullet.

Those were physical markers. Mental markers are a bit different.

We in the west have long lost the ability to use them because we write things down and dont need them.

In non-literate societies it is the traditional songs, stories and dance tha...

06:00

Rebuilding a great repository of PNGs culture & heritage Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Trustees research team and friends at PNG High Commission Canberra
Trustees & friends at PNG High Commission, Canberra: (L-R) Andrew Abel, Hillary Miria, Jonathan Ritchie, Zenaleze Abage, Catherine Nolan, Nancy Simeon, Jackson Zabala, Michael Mel, Norah Vagi Brash, Gregory Bablis

GREGORY BABLIS

PORT MORESBY - In Papua New Guinea in 2016 there was a national court case between the National Museum and Art Gallery and Sir Michael Somare as plaintiffs and the former speaker of parliament, Theo Zurenuoc as defendant.

The case, in which the court ruled in favour of the plaintiffs, related to the destruction and demolition of cultural objects and imagery that adorned the front, hallways and grand-hall of PNG's national parliament.

It was a landmark decision that upheld the significance of the National Cultural Property Preservation Act, which the National Museum and Art Gallery oversees.

This watershed moment in PNG's cultural history defended the value of the countrys culture and heritage, which underpins the very fabric of PNG society and nationality. It also preserved and protected these various artefacts for future generations.

Over the years, there have been many challenges that have faced the National Museum and Art Gallery. The current trustees (president, Julius Violaris, his deputy Andrew Abel ML and Dr Michael Mel and Norah Vagi Brash OBE) have worked tirelessly to ensure the institution accomplishes its mandated roles and responsibilities.

The current management is implementing a number of projects including the finalisation of a major refurbishment of the old House of Assembly, a major refurbishment of the museums additional galleries and an upcoming Old Parliament House exhibition.

Recently three museum staff travelled to Canberra on a fact-finding mission to better inform the upcoming Old Parliament House exhibition, stage one of which will look mostly at the pre-independence era from 1948 and the first and second national parliaments from 1975 to 1984.

Stage two will consider the more recent...

04:43

Dokumen AS dibuka, terkuak banyak orang tak bersalah ditembaki dalam peristiwa Bukit Arfai Papua Papua Merdeka News

Jayapura, Jubi - Sejumlah dokumen kabel diplomatik Amerika yang berkaitan dengan Indonesia, utamanya soal tragedi 1965 kembali dibuka ke publik oleh tiga lembaga Amerika. Dokumen-dokumen itu menguak sejumlah telegram dari dan ke Amerika Serikat terkait pembunuhan massal pasca 1965. Ketiga lembaga itu adalah National Security Archive (NSA), National Declassification Center (NDC), keduanya lembaga nirlaba, dan lembaga

Dokumen AS dibuka, terkuak banyak orang tak bersalah ditembaki dalam peristiwa Bukit Arfai Papua was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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