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Almost half of PNG workers tested under a new charitable
initiative had a previously undiagnosed vision condition -
according to new figures.
The free healthcare programme funded by Star Mountain Plaza Limited in Port Moresby found that 46 percent of employees had substandard vision.
The vision tests, run by optometrists at the Pacific International hospital as part of an onsite screening programme examined 136 workers.
Almost half of those screened presented with eye conditions, with 46% of employees needing glasses, and a smaller number were referred to an opthamologist for more specialised treatment.
Augustine Mano from Star Mountain Plaza said the feedback from workers who had been part of the screening was encouraging.
We developed this preventative healthcare programme to ensure that our employees had access to the best screening and treatment available.
Many of our colleagues had a condition they were completely unaware of and the diagnosis has giving us the opportunity to restore their full vision.
Each worker identified with poor eyesight has now been provided with free prescription lenses and safety glasses to enhance both their vision and quality of life, he says.
A second stage of the programme will see nominated family members of the employees screened by optometrists.
We have also made the free screening available to the families of our employees as we know the chance to receive free treatment for a vision condition will make a real difference in their lives, says Mr Mano.
Young Crystal gives our future its voice at
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
So said Margaret Mead, the noted American author and speaker of the 1960s and 1970s. The comment still rings true today, which is what made the presence of a small group of thoughtful, committed young Papua New Guineans so integral to the APEC Voices of the Future 2017 forum, held in Da Nang, Vietnam last week.
APEC Voices of the Future is the key youth dialog platform that is held in conjunction with the APEC CEO Summit and APEC Economic Leaders Week.
Trukai Industries Agronomist Crystal Artango was selected to a 6-strong PNG Delegation to speak at the forum along with five other young Papua New Guineans Wilfred Atzier from Newcrest Mining, Charles Wama from Kina Securities, Engineering and Technical professionals Kenny Hampalekie and Noah Pingin and Roberta Morlin, founder and co-owner of KLM Consulting.
The theme to address in their speeches was How to create new dynamism and foster a shared future amongst youth in the Asia Pacific Region.
Basically, we spoke about our economies and economic status. There were 4 sub-themes we had to prepare our speech upon, related to what our country delegations position was, Ms. Artango explained.
The 27-year old Erap resident, originally from Lae, was nominated by Trukai Industries for the life-changing trip.
Crystal said I was nominated by our CEO Mr. Greg Worthington-Eyre and my Agriculture Manager, Mr. Jarrod Pirie, and made it through that phase. I then had to do a write-up and illustrate what I hoped to achieve from the trip and my understanding of the theme. I was lost for words when I was selected by the ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council) team in Singapore.
I would really like to give a big word of thank you to Trukai Industries for this great opportunity granted.
For her part, Ms. Artango spoke with Roberta Morlin about Creating New Dynamism and Fostering a Shared Future for Youth in PNG and the Asia-Pacific Region.
Our start-up and innovation ecosystem is still in its infancy stage in PNG, and this is a key topic we addressed, said Ms. Artango.
The ability of our youth to learn and later lead in the technology space is essential. We need to educate our youth on global trends and the jobs of the future, the...
|Kumuls winger Garry Lo had a strong
tournament in the 2017 World Cup.
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Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guineas Manus Island has surfaced. New Zealand has been insisting for some time that it is more than willing to welcome some 150 to its shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, much to the irritation of Australias Turnbull government, has been particularly
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In the West there was panic when the migrants multiplied on the highways. Men of property were terrified for their property. Men who had never been hungry saw the eyes of the hungry. Men who had never wanted anything very much saw the flare of want in the eyes of the migrants. And the mean of the towns and of the soft suburban country gathered to defend themselves; and they reassured themselves that they were good and the invaders bad, as a man must do before he fights. They said, Those goddamned Okies are dirty and ignorant. Theyre degenerate, sexual maniacs. Those goddamned Okies are thieves. Theyll steal anything. Theyve got no sense of property rights.
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
Just to re-iterate what kind of people Jacinda is paying $3m towards. [Jacindas favourite 150 people] detained on Manus Island regularly travelled into town to allegedly have sex with underage girls and buy and sell drugs, the Australian government was told last month. Some 161 offences, including sexual assault, assault and aggressive behaviour, allegedly committed by 
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We will bring the live updates of the Papua
New Guinea Kumuls versus England, Rugby League World Cup match
here. The match will be played at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
in Australia. The game begins at 3:00 pm (PNG time) this
afternoon. We will use twitter feeds to update the match. We will
also post live videos. Refresh the page every time to see the
Tweets by PNGNEWSTODAY
Sign the petition: Enough was enough long ago: when the violence is extended to include little girls of six-years-old being tortured by groups of men, we cannot let this continue and call ourselves human. We the Papua New Guinea Community and the International Community are united in this call to action. We demand the PNG Government takes immediate and sustained action to prevent and protect women and children from torture, murder and all acts of violence and human rights abuses. The latest victim is just six (6) years old. Last week in PNG, in an act of extreme depravity, a group of men burned her with hot metal to persuade her to confess to practising witchcraft she was lucky, she was rescued before she was murdered. Not so lucky was her mother Kepari Leniata, a name you may remember. Five years ago, a group of vengeful men tortured Continue reading A petition to demand that the PNG Gov addresses violence against women
Fran OSullivan writes about Jacinda Arderns continued insults against Australia: Jacinda Arderns decision to pick a fight with our nearest neighbour over the Manus Island imbroglio risks inserting a thorn right back in the Aussies paw. Its no secret that successive Australian governments have tended to view New Zealand as freeloaders freeloading when it 
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Join Earthworks and Community Solutions Program International Fellow, Immaculate Javia, for a Lunch and Learn talk on Wednesday, November 29th from 12 1pm.
Immaculate has more than 7 years of experience, training and working with women in the small-scale mining sector in Papa New Guinea.
She will talk about how empowering women through a policy framework can give a voice to women to advocate for change in the ASM industry in Papua New Guinea.
Lunch will be provided, from Taylor Gourmet
LOCATION: Earthworks, 1612 K St. NW, Suite 904, Washington, DC 20006, United States
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 a fake story. We should look at the entire spectrum of it before judging if i...
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...
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...
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
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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