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Monday, 20 November

00:16

The depths to which xenophobia and bigotry has reduced Australia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Australia began to ignore its obligations under international law in 1992 and its determination to turn back asylum seeker boats and reduce the number of refugees accepted into this country grew apace until this is the situation in November 2017.

The New York Times, 18 November 2017:

Veteran United Nations officials said this month they had never seen a wealthy democracy go to such extremes to punish asylum seekers and push them away.

Papua New Guinea officials and local leaders, enraged at how the camps closure was handled, have demanded to know why Australia is not doing more to help the men.

HuffPost, 18 November 2017:

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's main medical association called on Saturday for the government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers languishing inside a recently closed detention center in Papua New Guinea.

The asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Australian-run Manus Island Centre for the past 18 days, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) to close it in a standoff the United Nations describes as a "looming humanitarian crisis".

Australia has shut access to the cente...

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Sunday, 19 November

22:19

Half of PNG Workers Tested Have Undiagnosed Vision Condition Papua New Guinea Today

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.

22:17

Affordable Quality Homes Now A Reality in PNG Papua New Guinea Today

Quality, modern homes at affordable prices have at long last become a reality in PNG claimed Andrew Avenell, Co-founder and Director of Rhodes, when he spoke at the recent PNG Real Estate Show.  But Avenell urges families to be cautious and do their homework before they make what is likely to be the biggest investment of their life.  Low quality houses, which wont last the lifespan of a bank loan, are coming on to the market in increasing numbers.  Families who purchase these homes will have the financial burden of not just their mortgage repayments but huge maintenance costs after about 15 years when their houses literally start to fall apart claimed Avenell.

The upside though, is that quality doesnt have to be compromised by affordability and this is the case with Rhodes range of family homes.  The quality of Rhodes homes is achieved through the use of top-grade galvanised steel frames, superior building products, composite materials and technology.  Their affordability is achieved by Rhodes vertical integration and technological advances resulting in a smarter, faster and better way to build. 
Rhodes are prefabrication and modular building specialists, manufacturing their frames, roof trusses and other components on the factory floor and then assembling them on site.  Companies that specialise in prefabricated steel-framed buildings save their customers money because much less time is spent on the actual building site. Building in PNG is expensive due to weather extremes which drag out the building process and the lack of qualified trades people especially in remote locations which means you end up paying top dollar for labour.  The beauty of a pre-fabricated building says Avenell is that it can be assembled quickly by even unskilled workers which means less labour costs and therefore a lower price for home buyers.

Another way families save money by buying a prefabricated steel framed house is through lower ongoing maintenance requirements.  Steel is tough and long-lasting.  Galvanised steel wont rust, and unlike wood, it wont rot, burn or be eaten by termites.  Even the best quality wood that has been chemically treated for termites wont last as long as galvanised steel.  People shouldnt just take my word for it though says Avenell everyone looking to buy a new house should do their own independent r...

22:13

Smallholder farmers to drive rice industry in PNG Papua New Guinea Today

Trukai Industries Rice Development Manager Humphrey Saese believes our smallholder farmers can drive the local rice industry to attain a status alongside PNGs most renowned farming crops.

PNG is the world's leading producer of sustainable palm oil and our coffee is highly popular in the US and other markets worldwide, while cacao from Morobe Province has been sought from overseas to produce premium specialty chocolate.

Mr Saese believes home-grown rice can over time evolve its own reputation and contribution to wide-reaching employment and the economy.

PNG has achieved so much despite barely scratching the surface of our potential as an agricultural nation. From sector to sector, it is impossible not to be inspired to raise the bar on the way you do things and what quality of crop you produce. Our rice industry is no different, Mr Saese explained.

But the backbone of our success in all agriculture sectors depends on the progress of our smallholder farmers in PNG. Our smallholder growers are by far the largest group of agriculture producers in the country.  Through a nucleus out-grower system, farmers grow a significant volume of crops for the current established agri-based industries such as oil palm, coffee, cocoa and others.

Ideally this where the bright future of commercial rice farming in PNG resides, he added.

With the right training and infrastructural support to surround them, more of our farmers will be empowered with the necessary skills in farming and management to grow rice on their own. But by working alongside established commercial partners they have a guaranteed access to markets.

Our company is currently undertaking significant upfront investment setting up the framework for our smallholder farmers to succeed, but in future our focus is likely to centre more on processing and the infrastructures required to cater for increased volumes produced by growers.

Trukai Industries has engaged with number of growers and cooperatives across PNG to pilot test concepts under their Rice Development Pilot Concept. They have successfully advanced farmers in the Markham from a pilot stage now to a commercial stage.

Apart from the current proposal of securing 500-plus smallholder rice farmers to work with around the UMI area, we are working with farmers in lower Markham valley in the Huon and Nawaeb distric...

22:09

Young Crystal gives our future its voice at APEC forum Papua New Guinea Today

Young Crystal gives our future its voice at APEC forum

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...

20:52

PNG Kumuls go down fighting Papua New Guinea Today

Kumuls winger Garry Lo had a strong
tournament in the 2017 World Cup.
Credit: Jeff Crow. Copyright: NRL Photos.
Papua New Guinea lamented their first half performance in a 36-6 quarter-final loss to England but depart the World Cup with their pride intact.

Kumuls coach Michael Marum said they were in trouble after missing so many tackles early, allowing England to power home. Losing their skipper in the second minute also didn't help.

"It started off when we lost our captain David Mead through that first set," Marum said.

"He was our leader on field so we sort of missed him there.

"The past three games we worked hard on our defence and improved back at home but playing here [in Melbourne, against a] stronger side against England, we kept missing tackles and I think in that first half, our contact wasn't good enough. We didn't turn up to play at all."

Marum was proud of how his team kept coming at the more experienced England side throughout the whole match.

"We didn't give up we played right through to the end," he said.

"To get this far is a big achievement for the side. With the players we've got with the NRL experience we've got, I thought we did well. We didn't give up. There were some errors in our game that we could have improved, but is something to work on for future games.

"I think everyone will be disappointed today with the result. Back home for the past three weeks, we've been around in the city. I think there was a lot of talk those kids getting out to one day being a national player and a Kumul. They look up to players like David Mead, James Segeyaro and all those guys."

Segeyaro was confident the Kumuls could continue to improve but called for more Tests.

"A couple of players have only been playing for three or four years and they've picked it up pretty well," Segeyaro said.

"There's so much natural talent there. I think for rugby league and the nation going forward, [we need to] keep having Tests at the end of the year. I'd like to push for that. Therefore more players get exposed and start playing in the NRL and Super League. It just filters down to the younger generation.

"In saying that, we just need to focus on what happened t...

17:00

The Veiled Threat: Australias Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

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

The post The Veiled Threat: Australias Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy appeared first on The AIM Network.

16:31

Bring Them Here "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


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


Sex with underage girls. Rampant violence. Tables awash with gambling money. No, its not the latest Netflix blockbuster, but allegations against the 370 men detained on Manus Island. the claims.... some of them by Australian intelligence - are yet to be proven, or disproven, but it smacks of yet another outrage against vulnerable, desperate people whose only crime is to have sought asylum and a safe haven. You cant help but be sceptical of the claims. Smear campaigns against refugees is nothing new but more of that in a moment. And the timing of the leak is suspect. If this behaviour was rife, how come its only just been revealed hot on the heels of PM Jacinda Ardern offering - to Australias immense displeasure - to resettle 150 of the men in New Zealand?

First up, who are these men? They are asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat from various strife-torn countries throughout the Middle East and Asia. In 2012, Australia began offshore processing of those seeking refuge on its shores under the rather chillingly named Pacific Solution. A washing-of-hands, more like, and certainly not a solution for the refugees themselves. The policy was condemned from the start for its ad hoc nature, and for the removal of desperate people to facilities that were barely inhabitable, with unreliable water and power supplies, poor medical facilities, as well as the mental impact that remaining in limbo would have on a population already fleeing dire situations in their home countries.

Since July 2013, about 1500 people have been transferred to Manus, in Papua New Guinea, from Australia. As The Conversation reports, The number of asylum seekers on...

14:00

Has Jacinda thought through all the consequences of aggravating Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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 []

The post Has Jacinda thought through all the consequences of aggravating Australia? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:50

PNG Kumuls v England Rugby League World Cup live updates, live streaming Papua New Guinea Today

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 updates.




10:50

A petition to demand that the PNG Gov addresses violence against women PNG Echo

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

10:30

Fran OSullivan on Jacindas continued insults against Australia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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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10:14

Lunch & Learn: Women Miners as Change Makers in Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Earthworks

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


...

07:00

Sorcery and sanguma are real Ive got some case studies Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

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 a fake story. We should look at the entire spectrum of it before judging if i...

Saturday, 18 November

20:33

Been a while "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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...

13:10

Lack of environmental safeguards highlighted in Cooks legislation Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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...

12:05

Behrouz Boochani on the Manus Island standoff "GroovUs Feed Apodcasts"

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/

11:20

Sally McManus: Speaking words of hope "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

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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08:00

Of the 150 men how many of them are pedophiles? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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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