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Tuesday, 19 September

22:39

Nicolaas Jouwe: Cucu, Tete Benci Manusia Papua dengan Ego Besar, tetapi Miskin Pemikirannya untuk Masa Depan Papua Papua Merdeka News

Selama seminggu penuh, tepat Bulan Mei, tahun 2000, telah berlangsung Kuliah Khusus dengan topik, "Sejarah dan Arah Papua Merdeka" di Den Haag, Negeri Belanda. Ruang kuliahnya ialah ruang tamu dari Rumah mantan gerilyawan TEPENAL Alez Derey, dan dosen yang memberikan kuliah ialah Prof. OPM Nicolaas Jouwe. Mahasiswanya hanya satu orang, bernama Capt. TPN/OPM Amunggut Tabi.

Nicolaas Jouwe: Cucu, Tete Benci Manusia Papua dengan Ego Besar, tetapi Miskin Pemikirannya untuk Masa Depan Papua was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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22:02

Let. Gen. Amunggut Tabi: Penghalang Utama dan Pertama Papua Merdeka ialah Ego Aktivis Papua Merdeka Papua Merdeka News

Dari Markas Pusat Pertahanan (MPP) Tentara Revolusi West Papua (TRWP). Lieutenant-General Amunggut Tabi menjawab pertanyaan Papua Merdeka News (PMNews) terkait pesan singkat yang disampaikan ke redaksi PMNews beberapa waktu lalu terkait ULMWP, pejuang Papua Merrdeka, dan tokoh ULMWP. PMNews menanyakan "Mengapa Gen. Wenda fokus kepada ego dan mematikan ego dalam kaitannya dengan Papua Merdeka daam

Let. Gen. Amunggut Tabi: Penghalang Utama dan Pertama Papua Merdeka ialah Ego Aktivis Papua Merdeka was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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21:06

Public Solicitor robbed at his home Papua New Guinea Today

The family of Public Solicitor Jimmy Wala Tamate was held at gun point by five armed criminals at their five mile resident in Port Moresby yesterday afternoon.
The criminals drove into the residential area in a white Toyota Harrier just after Mr. Tamate arrived from work and held him and his family at gun point.

They took his personnel items from his vehicle including a mobile phone, tablet,bank cards, keys to the Public Solicitors office and some court files.

Also a cash of K1000 was taken from his father's bag who was sitting outside the house.
They attempted to steal Mr. Tamate's vehicle but they were unable to reverse it.
They fled the scene as soon as the neighborhood came to assist.
Police were alerted but failed to turn up at the scene.
The family was traumatized of what has transpired.

Mr. Tamate says he will lay a formal complaint today as well as bringing the matter to the attention of the Police Commissioner as to why there was no police presence when the robbery was reported. FM100/PNG Today

16:43

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16:39

PM ONeill to Deliver PNG Country Statement at UN General Assembly Papua New Guinea Today

The Prime Minister, Peter ONeill , will travel to the United States of America this week to present Papua New Guineas Country Statement to world leaders at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
In the lead-up to the UNGA meeting, Prime Minister ONeill will speak at an investment conference to promote investment opportunities in Papua New Guineas resources sector. PM ONeill will also meet with senior executives of ExxonMobil while transiting Dallas, Texas.
The opening of general debate at the United Nations provides an opportunity to share Papua New Guineas perspective on priority national, regional and global issues, the Prime Minster said prior to departure.
Through this process we also engage with partner countries to find common ground on matters of significance to our people.
As a developing country, Papua New Guinea carries a number of concerns on which we seek greater engagement with larger economies.
The plight of people who have been displaced by conflict or climate change, or by instability in the global economy, are all matters that have significant impact on developing countries.
We need stronger global governance on these and other equally important issues so that developing countries can continue to advance our economies and strengthen our communities.
While in New York for the United Nations meeting, the Prime Minister will address a business and investment conference with current and future investment partners in the Nations resources sector.
With the gradual improvement of energy prices, now is the time to invest in Papua New Guinea, and that is the key message I will take to leading resources companies.
The oil and gas sector in Papua New Guinea has enormous potential and we will continue to discuss operations with investment partners to expand investment and create more jobs.
While in the United States I will also take the opportunity to meet with senior executives of ExxonMobil.
The contribution that the PNG LNG project has made to our economy had been substantial.
I look forward to meeting with executives from ExxonMobil to hear their views on ongoing investment in Papua New Guinea.

16:33

Waima Schools Gets New Library PNG Daily News

02:00PM  

 


Waima elementary school, in Central province, had more reason to celebrate the countrys independence when it opened a new library funded by the Digicel PNG Foundation on Thursday, last week.

 

Waima elementary school has been rewarded with a library, under Digicel PNG Foundations reward program, for having looked after the previous double classroom investment and improved in certain education aspects.

 

To be assisted with a classroom, that is a blessing but to be assisted again with a library, that is a miracle! Waima elder Baki exclaimed.

 

Digicel Foundation CEO Beatrice Mahuru said the approach to investing and assisting communities remains a sustainable one.


Filed under: Community, Development, Education, Growth, Information, Infrastructure Tagged: Development, Digicel PNG, Education, Waima Elementary ...

15:55

PNG To Look At Digital PNG Daily News

 

BY YOMBI KEP via Post- Courier

 

Papua New Guinea has been urged to look toward a digital money economy where the infrastructure is not expensive.

 

This was revealed by Futurist Mark Pesce, the keynote speaker at the 2017 PNG Investment Conference which started yesterday in Sydney.

 

PNG should move toward a digital money economy, the infrastructure is not expensive, Mr Pesce said.

 

Digital money is coming, its already in Singapore.

 

Mr Pesce who is a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur and innovator at the forefront of the digital revolution for thirty-five years suggested there should be a marriage between banking and telecommunications.

 

Let telecommunications get into banking, let banks get into telecommunications, he said.

 

Mr Pesce said that all goods will be traded on digitally distributed ledgers in the future and in less than 20 years, autonomous drones could be flying across PNG.

 

PNG needs to foster an app development sector, stressed Mr Pesce.

 

He gives organisations from virtual reality to education, finance, manufacturing, transportation and communication, the tools they need to think effectively about the future, its opportunities, and its disruptions.

 

He is the co-inventor of VRML, a 3D interface to the world wide web. He is the author of six books and, for seven years, was a panelist and judge on the Australian Broadcasting Corporations hit series The New Inventors, celeb...

14:13

Czech Republic Assists With Aid Post PNG Daily News

 

 

BY RENAT MURUKET via Post-Courier

Czech Republic Ambassador to PNG, His Excellency Rudolf Hykl officially opened a community aid post in Ohu village, a few kilometers south of Madang town over the weekend.

 
The Ohu community aid post project was jointly funded by the PNG Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Czech Development Corporation through the Czech Republic embassy.

 
This new aid post is a great bonus for the people of Ohu and the neighboring villages who travel long distances to access health care at Madangs Modilon General Hospital and other health centres.

 
Ambassador Hykl was in the village in person and was happy to open the development project.

 
Medical services are one of the basic services that people depended mostly on.

 
The ambassador said he anticipates that the aid post will help improve the quality of life for the Ohu community.

 
He said the main purpose for Czech Republic international mission was to help communities in the rural areas with development services.

 
He said the primary purpose for funding is to let communities know the existence of support and commitment of the people of Czech Republic in the country.

 
Ambassador Hykl said small projects like aid posts is one of the development activities his Embassy has been involved in.

 
Czech Republic is an active member of the European Union where the bulk of the interaction takes place. Therefore, funding such services will help Czechs research students who are studying in the province to interact well with the communities, Mr Hykl said.

 
The project manager Kenneth Molem appealed to the Ohu community to take responsibility and look after the aid post.

 
Mr Hykl also thanked the Binatang Research Centre for guiding and organising research projects by involving community participation to complete the aid post. The embassy is one of the many European Union development partners in PNG.


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13:36

Govt To Decide On Death Penalty Soon PNG Daily News

By HELEN TARAWA
THE Government is expected to make a decision soon on the death penalty while 12 people on death row continue to wait.
Justice Minister and Attorney-General Davis Steven said a decision would be made soon on the matter.
Ive got 12 people waiting to die. Do you think they are going to go away? Im going to make a decision very shortly.
The debate will continue. But as long as its law, somebody has got to enforce it, he said.
He said the people would be given an opportunity to discuss the issue too.
Steven told The National that the previous government had allocated funds t

o ensure that all the different modes of execution and other issues were considered.
Two things are clear. There is a death penalty imposed. And 12 of our citizens have been sentenced.
They have been waiting while we have been meandering and creating all sorts of excuses.

 

http://www.thenational.com.pg/govt-decide-death-penalty-soon-steven/


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13:26

Smartphones can transform Papua New Guineas economy, says futurist Mark Pesce Business Advantage PNG

Smartphone technology can transform the economy, futurist Mark Pesce told the Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference in Sydney earlier this month. He painted a long-term picture in which digital technology will allow the country to reap the benefits of the post-industrial era.

Futurist Mark Pesce. Source: Business Advantage International

Pesces  goal, in a wide-ranging hour-long talk, was to show how PNG could raise its GDP per capita four-fold, to that of a medium-developed country, by 2050.

The smartphone is the most important tool since the invention of the metal axe handle, a few thousand years ago, said Pesce, who spent six months researching his presentation in collaboration with conference organiser, Business Advantage International.

It is a universal tool. A smartphone can be used for communication, for commerce, for education, for community, for culture. Weve only just started to scratch the surface.

Pesce said there should be a policy to drive up the rates of smart phone ownership.

The solution is to allow telcos to go into banking.

As of January, nearly 40 per cent of Papua New Guineans owned a mobile. Its likely that a bit more than half of these folks would own a smartphone. So, thats a smartphone ownership rate of around maybe 25 per cent.

The target over the next five years, he said, should be to drive the rate of smartphone ownership to 85 per cent of the population.

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13:07

MELANESIA BASKETBALL CUPS TOUR PORT MORESBY STREETS Papua New Guinea Today

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - As part of the 42nd Independence anniversary celebrations,
members of the PepsiPNG Mens and Womens National Basketball Teams took the streets of Port
Moresby to showcase the two FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cups.
During the day, over 5,000 people had the chance to get up close with the two hand-carved trophies,
taking photos with the silverware and selfies with their favourite PepsiPNG National Team players.
The tour commenced on Saturday morning in Kaugere, before the convoy made stops in Badili, Koki, Ela
Beach, Town and Hohola.
PepsiPNG Mens National Team Head Coach Joel Khalu said getting the trophies on display to the public
was a great way to promote the international event that will be taking place in the last week of September.
The kids especially, really enjoyed holding the trophies and taking pictures, Khalu said.

Fans were excited and kept saying that they were looking forward to watching our teams play.
Mens star Apia Muri felt the buzz while mixing with fans on the tour.
Papua New Guineans love basketball, Muri said.
You could really tell that with the way they were coming up to get pictures with us and the trophies.
It was a great feeling getting well wishes from our supporters and I cant wait to play, Muri added.

The 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup presented by Paradise Beverages commences on
Wednesday, September 27 at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).
For more information, please contact BFPNG Chief Executive Officer Joel Khalu on khalujoel@gmail.com
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13:04

RSIPF to monitor Civil Society Group Rally in Solomon Islands Papua New Guinea Today

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) will maintain visibility during the approved march by the civil society group scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday 19 September 2017.

I can confirm that the police has given approval for the peaceful march by the civil society group.  The approval was given after the organisers of the event have assured us that it will be a peaceful march from the SMI area near Town Ground in West Honiara to the Office of the Prime Minister, says Gabriel Manelusi, Deputy Commissioner, Operations.

The police appeals to members of the civil society group taking part in the march to exercise their freedom of speech peacefully and not to be involved in any acts of violence. Members of the public who are not involved in the march are requested to observe peaceful as the police will take action against anyone who tries to disturb the peace, says Deputy Commissioner, Manelusi.

The civil society plans to present a petition to the Prime Minister for the reintroduction of the proposed anti-corruption bill when the National Parliament resumes its next witting next month.

13:01

Solomon Police arrests a 42-year- old on false pretence allegations Papua New Guinea Today

Police in Malaita Province have arrested a 42-year-old male on the 10th of September 2017 following a complaint the man had allegedly falsified documents for payments.

The man was later charged by police for allegation of False Pretence and appeared  before the Auki Magistrate Court on 13th September 2017 .The court ordered he be remanded in custody for 14 days.

It was alleged the man claimed his affiliation with the Ministry of Forestry as the Deputy Director and was responsible for issuing application forms upon payments for projects which will then be financed by the Ministry concerned.

Police are continuing with its investigation into the matter.

Provincial Police Commander, Malaita Province, David Wate says, Police wish to appeal to the public and individuals who may have information as alleged to assist the Auki police in its investigation by calling phone number 40132 or 23666.


10:58

Australia tries to deport Rohingya to persecution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Myanmar is currently waging a campaign of ethnic cleansing against its Rohingya minority. So naturally, the racist Australian government is trying to force Rohingya detained in its concentration camps to return to persecution:

Australia is promising thousands of dollars to Rohingya refugees who agree to return to Myanmar, a country that has been accused of ethnic cleansing against the Muslim minority.

Asylum seekers in the Australian-run detention centre on Papua New Guineas Manus Island, have been pressured by officials to return to their home countries, even if they face violence.

[...]

Returning Rohingya to their country could put their lives at risk. Myanmar does not recognise the ethnic minority and has conducted military operations in Rohingya villages that the United Nations top human rights official branded a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.

Close to 400,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, many with bullet wounds and stories of mass killings, as their villages burn.


This is simply monstrous. But its the ultimate endpoint of Australia's racist, anti-refugee policies: sending people back to be murdered. And the parallels with the shameful treatment of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany - treatment which the Refugee Convention was created to prevent any repeat of - couldn't be any clearer.

10:28

Coal plant proposal for PNG city a poor option NGO "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Lae, Papua New Guinea Photo: RNZI/ Johnny Blades

Radio New Zealand | 19 September, 2017 

A proposal for a coal-fired power plant in Lae is a poor economic and environmental option, according to an anti-coal group in Papua New Guinea.

The proposal by Mayur Resources to build a plant on the Lae Tidal Basin has lingered for a couple of years, but failed to get a purchase agreement from PNG Power.

However Mayur had approval from PNG Ports through its re-development of Laes important port area.

But Chris Lahberger from Nogat Coal PNG said the government knew that a coal plant was not an efficient way to generate energy.

But it just looks awful as well, as PNG is a signatory to the Paris (Climate) Agreement to go one hundred percent renewable, and a coal mine with a forty year life span, Mr Lahberger said.

Mayur are now suggesting that the life span of this coal plant to be fifteen years. But the economics of that just doesnt stack up. Like you would not make your money back from your investment if you r...

10:00

The Internal Demand Side of Oil & Gas Is Critical For Economic Development In PNG! PNGBLOGS

PNG has recently joined the few elite and prestige club of oil and gas producing countries in the world comprising of both developed ( US) and developing (South American & Arab Countries) as a significant producer of oil and gas and we as a nation should be proud of the achievement and classification of our country as such.
With the very first discovery, production and export of Kutubu and Gobe Oil and the very recent production and export of the multi-billion Kina LNG and two new LNG ( Papua and Elk & Antelope) Projects in the pipeline to be developed soon, PNG is held in high regard by both petroleum investors as well as consumers of oil and gas the world over, making it one of the best and viable hydrocarbon investment destinations in the world.
One determining factor that makes hydrocarbon investment and for that matter mineral investment in PNG more attractive is the legislative regime that governs these sectors which favors foreign investors more over the reso...

09:26

Canadian First Nations reject mining proposal after conducting their own intensive review Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

The proposed location at Ppsell is a sacred, culturally and historically important site to the First Nations. Photo: Wilderness Committee

Could this be a model for communities in Papua New Guinea? 

Rather than relying on mining company propaganda, lets do our own independent assessments of mining proposals

KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. wants to build the Ajax open-pit copper and gold mine near the city of Kamloops, British Columbia in Canada.

The Stkemlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN) representing the First Nation communities in the area conducted their own thorough 18-month review of the project and have said NO to the Ajax mine project.

The SSN reviewed 20,000 pages of information and over 300 reports. They held a public comment period and heard from over 80 experts at an oral panel hearing.

From what they le...

09:09

CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE TIME TO LOOK FOR A $US6 BILLION BIRTHDAY PRESENT? PNGBLOGS

by PAUL FLANAGAN

16 September 2017 marks PNGs 42nd anniversary of Independence. How have things been going?
A good benchmark for measuring progress is PNGs Vision 2050 document. This sets out a blueprint for making PNG a Smart, Wise, Happy and Fair Society by 2050. The Visions primary measurement indicator is We will be ranked in the top 50 in the United Nations Human Development Index by 2050.

So how is PNG going towards meeting this goal? The following graph shows PNGs progress in improving its Human Development Index (this is a composite index of factors such as life expectancy, education, and incomes).

Since the 2050 Vision document was released in 2010, PNG had its lowest rate of improvement since 1990. After doing well in the early 90s and during the 2000s, PNG has gone back to even worst rates of development than in the disastrous late 1990s.

To meet the goal of being in the top 50, PNG needs to move from its 154th ranking of 188 countries in 2010 and jump forward by at least two places every year.  So from 2011 to 2015, did PNG jump some 10 positions? No, it stayed exactly in 154th position by 2015 (the latest available data).  Indeed, it is now in equal 154th position as Zimbabwe has moved forward and it now ranked exactly the same at PNG.  PNG is in the bottom 20 per cent of countries and not moving forward.  This is not good news.

Vision 2050 also focuses on measuring changes in household disposable income a good measure of economic progress according to Sarkozy/Stiglitz Commission.  The best available proxy for this is tracking changes in real non-resource GDP per capita see here and here. As shown in the graph below, this has actually fallen by over 40 per cent since 1980.
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08:49

NZ to sign prohibition of nuclear weapons treaty Papua New Guinea Today

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced New Zealand will sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at a ceremony during the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.

New Zealand will sign the Treaty on the first day it is open for signature, September 20.

Our signing at this first opportunity is consistent with New Zealands long-standing commitment to international nuclear disarmament efforts, Brownlee said.

While no state currently in possession of nuclear weapons will be signing along with us, this Treaty nevertheless represents an important step towards a nuclear-free world.

It establishes the first global prohibition on nuclear weapons and provides the international legal framework for a world without these weapons, Brownlee said.

New Zealand joined over 120 other states in supporting the adoption of the treaty at a United Nations conference in July this year.

The Treaty will enter into force once 50 states have ratified it.


SOURCE: NZ GOVT

08:48

Solomon Islands PM wants PNG citizenship Papua New Guinea Today

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, will be seeking a Papua New Guinean citizenship after he retires from politics, which is any time soon.

He announced his desire to settle in PNG upon retirement, while celebrating Papua New Guineas 42nd Independence Day anniversary in Honiara last Saturday.

Sogavare declared that he was a Papua New Guinean by birth and would be pursuing an official dual citizenship status in PNG.

He was the guest of honour at the Independence Day dinner event hosted by PNG High Commissioner, Fred Yakasa, during which he could not hold back and could not hide his connection with PNG.

Yakasa also confirmed Sogavares retirement plans Monday and commended him for making the announcement on September 16.

I am a Papua New Guinean by birth, Sogavare said at the dinner.

Sogavare is the youngest of five sons of a pioneer missionary, Loko Sogavare, from Choiseul, Solomon Islands, who worked as a Seventh-Day Adventist Church missionary in remote Northern Province in the 1950s.

Two of his elder brothers are buried in PNG, one in East New Britain and the other in Lae, where they married and had children.

Eldest brother, Moses, married a woman from Kerema and Koiari and had settled in PNG, living in Port Moresby. Two brothers, Samson, who married a Manus woman, is buried in Lae and John, who married a woman from Rabaul, is buried in East New Britain.

Only PM Sogavare and his other elder brother Jacob, both born in Northern Province, returned to the Solomon Islands.

Sogavare said he is looking forward to the Dual Citizenship Bill and would be applying for PNG citizenship when he retires from politics.

SBM Online ran the story last weekend after PM Sogavares announcement.

I still have family there in PNG, and yes, I will be applying for dual citizenship once I bow out of politics, he told the Post-Courier.

Speaking from Honiara, Sogavare said he was born in Popondetta in 1955, where his father was based working as a missionary. He added that his family still lives in PNG.

At the Independence Day anniversary dinner, Sogavare described PNG as a big brother who plays an important role in Melanesia and the Pacific.

He said the Solomon Islands wants more Papua New Guinea businesses on top of the 50 already operating there.

Yakasa, on the other hand, urged more Solomon Islands businesses to invest in PNG which, he added, had a bigger market.

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08:46

Marshalls to review treaty as six Pacific nations ready to sign Papua New Guinea Today

Six Pacific island nations are expected to sign a United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons when it opens for signature later this week, but the Marshall Islands wont be one of them.

Island countries that have said they will sign the treaty this week include Palau, Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Tim Wright, Asia Pacific Director, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said Monday.

Heads of state from the first four are expected to sign, while foreign ministers for Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will sign for their nations, he said.

Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine said Monday that her government will be considering whether or not to sign the treaty. Marshall Islands Ambassador to the United Nations Amatlain Kabua joined representatives of over 120 nations earlier this year in casting a vote in favor of the U.N. resolution supporting the treaty, which is open for signature at U.N. headquarters this week.

Obviously the Republic of the Marshall Islands from its own experience doesnt want anyone to ever use nuclear weapons, said President Heine. But the big question is how does the world effectively eliminate this threat. Its actually pretty complicated. This treaty deserves due time for consideration and consultation.

The Marshall Islands was the ground zero for 67 United States nuclear weapons tests conducted at Bikini and Enewetak atolls between 1946 and 1958. It also hosts the Reagan Test Site, a major U.S. Army missile testing facility at Kwajalein Atoll.

While the treaty bans the use or possession of nuclear material, it also prevents its signatories from encouraging other countries to do so. President Heine noted that the treaty touches on two key issues for the Marshall Islands the Compact of Free Association with the U.S. that provides base rights to use Kwajalein through at least 2066 and the countrys nuclear weapons testing legacy.

Heine said the treaty will be the subject of consultations with the public as well as review by legal authorities in the Marshall Islands before a decision is made about formally ratifying the treaty.


SOURCE: MARIANAS VARIETY/PACNEWS

06:30

Why Australia must restore shortwave radio to the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

On our Australian doorstep is an amazing place, Papua New Guinea. Seven of us were there for the month of August, exploring a remote region of islands and atolls in the Massim district of Milne Bay Province by boat, visiting places most people would not think of seeing.

The incredible opportunity we experienced was matched with a grateful appreciation and response form the communities we meet at each of the 30 islands we stopped at. There was mutual respect. We werent there just as tourists, we were interested in their culture and in particular their many different, traditional types of single outrigger canoe. They responded with information, introduced elders who talked of the past, let us look over the craft in detail and even took us sailing.

Harry Beran discussing traditional canoes at Wabanum village, Muyuw (Woodlark) Island (image: John Greenshields)

Harry Beran discussing traditional canoes at Wabanum village, Muyuw (Woodlark) Island

As Australians we were warmly received everywhere. Australia was the PNG administrator for decades and has left many good things in place. The Australian influence was there in diverse ways, including an inspired wooden Hills Hoist and outdoor bench setting at Boagis village, way out at the extreme end of PNG territory.

05:30

Electronic voting is needed in PNG - Mathias Kin Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Mathias & Ingrid
Mathias Kin with Ingrid Jackson at a viewpoint on the Kundiawa-Gembogl road

JOHNNY BLADES | Radio New Zealand International

KUNDIAWA - A man who stood in Papua New Guinea's recent election says the country needs to establish an electronic voting system.

Mathias Kin, who stood in Chimbu's regional seat, said that for decades governments have paid lip service to introducing such a system.

He said commitment to this system, and its associated national ID plan, had been lacking at the top political level.

After this year's election threw up a host of problems, including electoral roll and ballot box inconsistencies, Mr Kin said the system needs to change.

While he doubts the system would change before the next election in 2022, Mr Kin said steps must be taken.

"What the government really needs to do is... and the opposition and people around, must push for an electronic system."

"At least it will do some good - not everything good, because the bribery will still go on, the pig killings will still go on, the money being thrown around in the village will still go on.

But at least if the electronic system comes on it will be one person per one vote and I think that's a good idea to go forward to start with," he said.

04:30

Contaminated water is still killing 60 PNGns a week Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

WaterTUCKER HALLOWELL | The Borgen Project

SEATTLE - As more than 80% of the population lives in remote areas with little to no modern facilities, Papua New Guinea struggles with poor water quality and a lack of awareness about basic human health necessities.

With very little access to clean water, sanitation is poor and disease is rampant.

As access to safe water and sanitation are vital to the basic health needs, the population is at risk.

Poor hygiene leads to poor health and illnesses such as cholera and diarrhoea, which kill people every day - 60 a week the statistics say.

Here are some facts about water quality in Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea has the poorest level of access to clean water in the world, with more than 60 percent of the population living without access to clean water.

Since 1990, access to clean water has only gone up by 6% and improved sanitation coverage actually dropped by one percent.

Of the 15 developing Pacific Island nations, Papua New Guinea has the lowest water and sanitation access indicators.

The average cost of 50 litres of water (the minimum amount of water necessary for human sanitation and well-being) in Papua New Guineas capital is K8 a day, which is half the average daily salary of K16.

Approximately 4.8 million people in Papua New Guinea do not have access to clean water and 6.2 million people do not have a basic toilet.

More than 200 children in Papua New Guinea die of diarrhoea each year due to lack of sanitation and clean water.

Because 85% of the population live in rural areas, education about sanitation and the importance of clean water is scarce.

According to Oxfam New Zealand, contaminated water in PNG kills 368 people every six weeks.

Papua New Guinea launched the national water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) policy in 2015.

These facts about water quality in PNG reveal a serious issue that extends beyond just access to water.

With little to no progress being made toward access to water and sanitation since 1990, Papua New Guinea must look to its foreign donors and its domestic leaders to address this issue.

04:07

Indonesia offers increased assistance to Samoa and Pacific West Papua Action Network

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/339662/indonesia-offers-increased-assistance-to-samoa-and-pacific

Indonesia offers increased assistance to Samoa and Pacific

7:16 pm today
Samoa and other Pacific countries are being offered increased technical assistance and capacity building programmes by Indonesia.
TheObserver reported that Indonesia restated its commitment to playing an active role in regional development during the recent Pacific Islands Forum summit in Apia.
The Director for Technical Cooperation for Indonesias Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Syarif Alatas, said the active role was part of his countrys effort to contribute to world peace and prosperity.
He said renewed technical assistance was being made available to Samoa, which recently entered a trade relationship with Indonesia.

Mr Alatas said the assistance is usually in the form of training, apprenticeships and scholarships in various fields.
According to him, Pacific countries have become one of then priority areas for Jakartas international development outreach.

The various capacity building programmes Indonesia offered come in the form of bilateral and triangular cooperation arrangements.
The newspaper reported that between 1999 and 2016 Indonesia conducted at least 182 programmes followed by 1457 participants from countries in the Pacific region.
The programmes were in areas including fisheries, agriculture, democracy and good governance, disaster risk management, seaweed processing technique and entrepreneurship.


Monday, 18 September

21:51

Look to the future, Learn from the past - PM O'Neill Papua New Guinea Today

The Flag raising ceremony on Saturday attracted hundreds with provincial and national flags including face paints in red, black and gold to mark the 42nd Independence Day.

The people turned up as early as 5am to witness the flag raising ceremony at the Independence Hill in Port Moresby. Disciplinary forces, girl guides and boy scouts including students braved the early morning to welcome the guest speaker Prime Minister Peter ONeil and other guests.

At the flag raising ceremony, Prime Minister Peter ONeil told Papua New Guineans to focus on the future and what they can do to play a part in the development of the nation both as individuals and in the communities.
At the same time, we must continue to strengthen National institutions to
better work with the regions in the delivery of core Government servicesPM ONeill said.
Our Government will continue to empower the provinces and the districts to make more informed decisions at the local level. We will maintain our focus on representing the interests of our people, our business community, and our economy around the world, he said. PNGFM/PNG Today

21:48

PNG LNG Kumuls set for trial matches Papua New Guinea Today

PNG LNG Kumuls will be travelling to Fiji after the annual Prime Ministers 13 match for their tri- series against the Fiji Batis and Australian Kangaroos on the 14th of October 2017, according to PNG Rugby Football League CEO Reatau Rau.

Mr Rau said it is one of the international engagements of the PNG LNG Kumuls. He said this will be the only trial game for them leading up to the World Cup challenge by the end of October. The format will be new where the teams will be playing against each other for 40 minutes.
Meanwhile plans are in place to put an U20 team for the SP Hunters into the Intrust Super Cup competition in 2019.

Mr Rau said all current teams in the Intrust Super Cup already have U20 teams except for the SP Hunters who are yet to field an U20 team. He said PNGRFL have finalised all information to put a Hunters U20 team by 2019.
He added that 2018, they will try to renegotiate the 5 years contract for the Hunters, which will be a big task. They will also be negotiations with the Queensland Rugby League in 2018 to field an U20 team in the Intrust Super Cup competition. PNGFM/PNG Today

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