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Tuesday, 21 November

20:13

Australia, New Zealand, PNG combined disciplined forces Training ends Papua New Guinea Today


The Public Order Management Tactical Trainer Qualifying program between the three discipline forces in the country and Australian Federal Police including New Zealand Police officially ended this morning at the McGregor Police Barracks. The training purposely was to teach officers crowd control especially rioting situations in the future.


Australian Federal Police Detective Superintendent Shane McLennan said they have gone through three weeks of internship training and he is happy to see participants eventually graduate from the three weeks training program led by AFP Sergeant Garry Hahn.
Papua New Guinea Defence Force Commander Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo said he was happy to see the three discipline forces in the country doing trainings together to prepare for the upcoming APEC Summit next year.

PNGDF Lieutenant Colonel Boniface Aruma said the type of training led by AFP to engage our discipline forces was crucial and he applauded them. He was pleased to see everyone contributing their efforts to host one of the biggest national events next year.

He added that such training will go a long way into the future after the APEC summit. He said preparations of APEC in the country have truly boosted the capability of the three discipline forces through the assistance of Australian and New Zealand governments.

Participants included three PNGDF Officers, three CIS officers and eight police personnel, six from Special Service Division and two from Police Public Safety Division and one AFP officer.
AFP imparted skills the officers needed and they are now ready to become trainers of local discipline forces personnel around the country for crowd control.

PNGFM/PNG Today

19:29

Media must ask LNP: Do you intend to allow the Manus refugees to die? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Since the days of the Tampa, seventeen years ago,  Ive heard it said repeatedly that Australians dont care about what happens to asylum seekers and refugees who arrived here by boat, perfectly legitimately, seeking only sanctuary. Obviously after seventeen years, during which the treatment of boat arrivals has only gone downhill, I must finally accept

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17:03

Fiji Bati bid to win Papua New Guinea Today

The never-say-die attitude of the Vodafone Fiji Bati players on Saturday showed how important brotherhood was to the team.

Towards the end of the game, players were slower to get up and looked injured, but stood up anyway playing their hearts out.

"It is a sign of team spirit and harmony. They are prepared to do anything for each other. The credit goes to the senior player Kevin Naiqama, who instilled a proud culture," former Fiji Bati captain Petero Civoniceva said.

"We are proud of the brotherhood, which has grown throughout the course of this tournament."

A former Kangaroo himself, Civoniceva said if Fiji's defensive line held, the Bati could also surprise the Australian Kangaroos on Friday.

"We have a wonderful occasion for the boys to take on the world's best. It would be a game that many outside our time wouldn't think we would be capable of playing.

"But we've given ourselves every chance and we have shown last week that anything is possible.

"With the style we played last week, we showed that we could control the ball really well, we completed our sets well and that gave us a chance and defence was the cornerstone of that victory."

Civoniceva said defence would be critical when playing against players such as Cooper Cronk, Bill Slater and Cameron Smith.

"Your defence has to be on point, if it's not, Australia's got players who can really hurt or expose you," Civoniceva said.

Meanwhile,  Fiji Bati team spent most of Monday relaxing, but had an hour or so of recovery session at the Southbank in Brisbane, Australia.

Players had a pool session and finished with stretching exercises.

"I think for all of us we want to put what happened in the week behind us now. Now we focus on the next few days really to get preparation right.

"We need to make sure we have enough time to get over the bumps and bruises from the weekend and be ready.

"We have pretty much come through the game in good shape, only few bumps and bruises.

"It was a tough physical match(on Saturday)for Mick Reid (trainer), in his program it is all about rest and recovery and for the body to be back to 110 per cent as quickly as possible."

While Fijian fans celebrated all over the globe on Sunday, the Fiji Bati team travelled to Brisbane.

"It (the win) was amazing and definitely announced ourselves to the Rugby League World that Fiji is a country on the rise.

"The general mood is tha...

16:23

Link NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE

201117INTERNATIONAL CHILDRENS DAY HAHELA
By Aloysius Laukai

Early Childhood learning centres from North and Central Bougainville combined and commemorated the International Childrens Day at the Hahela Parish on Buka island.
Schools from as far as Wakunai, Tinputz and Selau Suir plus Schools on Buka island, Halia, Hagohe and Tsitalato met at the Hahela Parish and commemorated this day.
Bougainville Diocese Early Childhood coordinator, MARIETHA RUMINA said that celebrating childrens day after four years of operation throughout Bougainville was a big achievement.
She called on Parents to support their children at these early age as these are the critical years of learning for the Children.
She said that children are the future leaders and must be supported by all.
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Childrens day 2017 150

15:58

Media must ask LNP: Do you intend to allow the Manus refugees to die? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

  Since the days of the Tampa, seventeen years ago,  Ive heard it said repeatedly that Australians dont care about what happens to asylum seekers and refugees who arrived here by boat, perfectly legitimately, seeking only sanctuary. Obviously after seventeen years, during which the treatment of boat arrivals has only gone downhill, I must finally []

15:55

Link NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE

211117SPECIAL ABG MEET
By Aloysius Laukai

The ABG Speaker, SIMON PENTANU has called for all ABG members to attend a Special ABG Parliament session tomorrow November 22nd, 2017 starting TEN AM.
Speaker issued the notice last Friday as the time for the ABG next sitting.
The aim of the special parliament session is for the ABG President, CHIEF DR.JOHN MOMIS to brief the house on ABGs position on matters to be discussed in the forthcoming JOINT SUPERVISORY BODY(jsb) meeting on the 14th and 15th December, 2017 and the Referendum preparations.
The President will also use this opportunity to listen to the peoples representatives on ABGs position on matters before the Joint Supervisory Body meeting.
Meanwhile, the ABG members will also get briefing on the directions by Ombudsman Commission on the duties and responsibilities of the leaders.
New Dawn FM understands that one area of concern is that the constituency development grants by ABG members should not be deposited in the members private accounts.
The members will also get briefing on the UN Peace building fund.

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15:47

In brief: Papua New Guinea signs up to Chinas One Belt, One Road initiative, and other business stories Business Advantage PNG

China deal to benefit Highlands provinces, call for restructure of agriculture department and quarantine authority, and Pacific Assurance Group goes into liquidation. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill says his government has signed a series of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the Chinese government and the China Railway Corporation that will deliver a number of new infrastructure projects in the Eastern and Western Highlands. These projects are taking place as part of the One Belt One Road initiative that is creating more efficient trade corridors between the Asia-Pacific and Western Asia, he said. The three MOUs cover the China-PNG Integrated Agriculture Industrial Park; the High Priority Economic Roads Project; and the Goroka Town Water Supply Upgrade Project.

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Signing of MOU with China. Credit: PMO

New Britain Palm Oil Country Manager Robert Nilkare has reportedly called for the restructure of the National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority and the Department of Agriculture and Livestock. He called for the removal of regulatory powers from all commodity boards and the p...

15:32

People moves: Bougainville Copper, Westpac, Air Niugini, PNGICSA Business Advantage PNG

A new chair at Bougainville Copper, Westpac appoints a new Pacific Regional Head, a new Sales Manager for Air Niugini in the New Guinea Islands and a new chief migration officer appointed by the National Executive Council.

Bougainville Copper Limited has appointed Bougainvillean Mel Togolo as Chairman of the Board, replacing Robert Burns, who is retiring. Togolo, who only joined the board in October this year, has had a long involvement in the mineral sector and served on the BCL board in the early 1990s. He chairs his first meeting in February, 2018.

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Westpac has appointed Kip Hanna as its new Regional Head, Pacific. He was most recently Head of Asia-Pacific Business Development for ANZ, including PNG and Fiji.

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Air Niugini has appointed Robin Taman as the new Regional Sales Manager to look after its business operations in the New Guinea Islands region.

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The National Executive Council has appointed Solomon Kantha as the new Chief Migration Officer at the PNG Immigration & Citizenship Service Authority, effective immediately and for four years. The decision comes after Kantha was acting in the position since the death of Mataio Rabura.

The post People moves: Bougainville Copper, Westpac, Air Niugini, PNGICSA appeared first on Business Advantage PNG.

15:04

Opinion: seven things that will make you a successful expatriate in Papua New Guinea Business Advantage PNG

It takes a certain kind of person to be successful as an expatriate in Papua New Guinea, according to Fraser Hawkins, Principal Consultant at Peopleconnexion Recruitment. He explains how the right attitude matters just as much as what is on paper.

Port Moresby Town Credit: Stephen Rae/Media Haus

After four years of recruiting expatriates into diverse roles across PNG, I have worked with hundreds of candidates looking to move abroad. Based on this experience, there are seven traits I have consistently found in the candidates who thrive.

1. Resilience

Peopleconnexion Recruitments Fraser Hawkins

Living life as an expat provides you with a unique opportunity to experience a different corner of the world than your own, but it wont always be easy.

You may find yourself having to get a little more hands-on than you would at home, or getting a little more creative with the resources you have. Resilience is incredibly important.

If you are the kind of person who is willing to stick it out and looks for an opportunity to learn something from every challenge, you are likely to flourish in an expat role.

2. Cultural adaptability

Papua New Guinea is one of the worlds most culturally and linguistically diverse nations in the world. As an expat, it is your responsibility to respect and honour the culture in every way that you can and integrate into the community.

It might not be in your job description but, as an expat in PNG, you need to be willing to be a mentor to your team

If your partner or family is joining you, it is important that they feel they can make PNG their home too.  This is why it is essential to find ways to get involved in the community and make sure you arent just staying within expat c...

11:20

Weasel words from the Tin Man: The Prime Ministers response to the torture of a 6yr old girl. PNG Echo

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter ONeill, presides over a country where, according to Mdecins Sans Frontires, the women are the most abused in the world outside of a conflict zone and where they endure some of the most extreme levels of violence in the world, according to the Lowy Institute. (Reported in an article published in The National by journalist Grace Maribu.) Over this humanitarian crisis the Prime Minister expresses his outrage but does little. When the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea finally came out with a press statement on the recent torture of a six-year-old girl over four days at the hands of a baying, adult male mob, it was with weasel words. Weasel words are words and phrases aimed at creating an impression that a specific or meaningful statement has been made, when instead only a vague or ambiguous claim has actually been Continue reading Weasel words from the Tin Man: The Prime Ministers response to the torture of a 6yr old girl.

11:19

Crater Gold secures funding for PNG works programme Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Megan Van Wyngaardt | Mining Weekly | 20 November 2017

ASX-listed Crater Gold Mining has secured a $4-million unsecured loan facility with major shareholder Freefire Technology that will enable it to continue to advance its flagship Crater Mountain gold project, in Papua New Guinea.

The loan will be used to restart exploration activities at the mine, including drilling, and also the restart of mining operations at the high-grade zone (HGZ).

The funds will also further exploration activities at Craters North Queensland polymetallic and graphite projects.

The first $1-million in...

11:18

Mengecam tindakan kekerasan aparat terhadap masyarakat adat Iwaro "IndyWatch Feed World"

20 Nov 2017 | PusakaSiaran pers mengecam tindak kekerasan aparat Brimob yang bertugas di areal perkebunan kelapa sawit PT. Permata Putera Mandiri (PPM, anak perusahaan ANJ Group)warga Kampung Puragi, Sorong Selatan, Papua Barat.

10:54

22 percent pay rise for Vanuatu Government workers Papua New Guinea Today

Over 6,000 government employees in the public service, teaching service, the police, parliament and those under the Official Salaries Act, will receive a pay rise for the first time in 11 years that will cost the Government of Vanuatu nearly Vt1.9 billion (US$17.65 million).

The last increase was in 2006 to increase the salary of all government workers. Hence, this pay rise has been a long time coming, the Government Remuneration Tribunal (GRT) Board and all the stakeholders agreed.

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the three-member GRT Chairperson, Marie-Antoinette Nirua, Vice Chair, Chris Kernot, and Member Roan Lester, signed the documents approving the pay rise of 22 per cent that will become effective on January 1, 2018.

These documents included the salary review reports and salary scale determinations.

Stakeholders representatives Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Martin Mahe, Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission, Derek Alexander, Commander Job Esau representing the Police Service Commission, and the Acting Clerk of Parliament, Leon Teter were present to witness the signing ceremony of the pay rise by the GRT Board and the Acting Director General of the Office of the Prime Minister, Gerard Metsan.

This week the new salary increase will be recorded in the Government Gazette by the State Law Office.

Also a workshop will be held by the Office of the Department of GRT with stakeholders to help with the implementation of the pay rise to be effective on January 1, 2018.

A total of 3,731 teachers under the Teaching Service Commission will receive the new salary grading approved by the GRT Board, and over 2,000 civil servants, over 600 police officers, all Members of Parliament and staff of the Parliament of Vanuatu, all government ministers and their political appointees of the government.

The government employees in the following sectors Parliament, officers under the Official Salaries Act (OSA) comprising of government ministers and their political appointees, support staff of government ministries and the Leader of the Opposition, Chiefs of Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs, Public Service, Police and its civilian staff, teaching service, and workers in government institutions including Vanuatu Institute of Technology, Vanuatu Institute of Teacher Education, Vanuatu Maritime College, and Vanuatu Agriculture College, will be affected.

This work (new salary increase) has been possible only through your support the stakeholders and your submi...

10:51

Lord Tangi appointed interim speaker in Tonga Parliament Papua New Guinea Today

His Majesty King Tupou VI has appointed Lord Tangi as Interim Speaker of Tongas Legislative Assembly, with effect from Friday 17 November.

The appointment was made under Clause 61 of the Constitution of Tonga.

A government statement said the Interim Speaker will invite elected representatives of the Legislative Assembly to submit a nomination for Prime Minister designate.

Lord Tangi will call a meeting of the elected representatives of the Legislative Assembly, who will then vote in a secret ballot to elect the Prime Minister from the nominated representatives. The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga will also be elected.

The writ of election will be returned on or before the 30 November 2017. This date is crucial as it triggers the time period specified by law for the nomination of candidates for Prime Minister Designate and the meeting to elect the Prime Minister


SOURCE: PACNEWS

10:18

New Infrastructure Projects with China will Change Lives Direct Investment by China Railway Group in PNG Economy PNG Daily News

 

Media Statement via Prime Ministers Office PNG

Monday, November 20, November 2017

The Government of Papua New Guinea has signed a serious of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of China and the China Railway company that will deliver a number of new infrastructure projects in the Highlands.

 

Witnessing the signing of the MOU today in Port Moresby, the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, said the new projects will have direct positive impacts on the lives of people in Eastern and Western Highlands provinces.

 

These projects will enhance agriculture, roads and water supply in parts of the Highlands will improve lives and help people to be more active in the economy.

 

China is one of our strongest development partners, and this direct investment is an example of the huge confidence that China and Chinese companies have in Papua New Guinea.

 

Despite the challenges in the global economy in recent years, the outlook for the Papua New Guinea economy is very positive and we thank our partners for their commitment to our country.

 

The projects that we initiated today will be delivered in some of the most remote parts of our country where there is a need to improve connectivity and services.

 

These projects are taking place as part of the One Belt One Road initiative that is creating more efficient trade corridors between the Asia-Pacific and Western Asia.

 

As this initiative grows we are seeing infrastructure improvements across many developing countries.

 

At the eastern end of the initiative, Papua New Guinea is deriving benefits that will strengthen capacity to trade across borders.

 

The Prime Minister thanked the President of the China Railway International Group, Mr. Zhang Zongyan, for visiting Papua New Guinea to see for himself where support can be allocated.

 

I thank the Government of China and the China Railway Company for their ongoing commitment to Papua New Guinea.

 

The projects we have agreed on today will deliver positive change for people in many towns and villages.

 

Your support for Papua New Guinea will be remembered long into the future.

 

I look forward to further discussing these and other initiatives with President Xi Jinping when he arrives in Papua New Guinea for APEC next year.

 

The three MOUs signed today are:
China-PNG Integrated Agriculture Industrial Park;
The High Priority Economic Roads Project;
Goroka Town Water Supply Upgrade Project.

 

The signing of MOUs was witnessed by Prime Minister ONeill, Works Minister, Michael Nali, and Lands minister, Benny Allen.

 

P...

10:03

UK Court of Appeal to hear Nigerian villagers pollution claims against Shell Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Leigh Day

On 21 November 2017, the UK Court of Appeal will hear an appeal on behalf of over 40,000 villagers from the Ogale and Bille communities from the Niger Delta in the latest stage of their legal battle against the oil giant Shell. 

The villagers claim that they have been severely impacted by years of oil pollution from pipelines owned by Shell and that both the London based parent company, Royal Dutch Shell Plc., and its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, are responsible for the pollution. 

The extensive pollution of the Ogale Community was documented in detail by the United Nations in 2011, which also recommended an urgent clean-up programme be undertaken, however, no such clean-up has taken place. 

Shell resists the villagers claims, arguing that the parent company has no responsibility for the pollution and that the claims should be heard in Nigeria rather than the UK.

The vil...

09:26

Fiji: New mill, processing site to create 200 local jobs Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya (centre) officiates at the groundbreaking ceremony of Tuvatu Gold Mine processing plant civil works in Sabeto, Nadi last Friday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Kalesi Mele | The Fiji Times | November 20, 2017

LION One Ltd Mines will soon have a new mill and processing site after a groundbreaking ceremony at Tuvatu, Sabeto in Nadi.

The new development is set to create employment for about 200 locals.

The company had set up in Fiji eight years ago and was only issued a special mining lease in January 2016.

Acting Prime Minister Faiyaz Koya, who officiated at the event on Friday, said the development was set to have direct contributions to the economy.

It is evident how the company has forged ahead in meeting its exploration targets and is now advancing into the next stage of finalising its deposits for mine production, he said.

This is a positive sign as it portrays the commitment of Tuvatu Gold Mine to produce to its full capacity by th...

09:11

Cambodia dissolves opposition party "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

http://www.smh.com.au/world/descending-into-outright-dictatorship-cambodia-dissolves-opposition-party-20171116-gzn4k2.html

Cambodias Supreme Court has dissolved the countrys main opposition party, denying millions of Cambodians the opportunity to vote for their elected representatives in elections next year.

The verdict follows a sweeping crackdown on democracy and political freedoms in the country where Australia has an agreement to send refugees from Nauru and Manus Island.

More than half of the leaders of the National Rescue Party (CNRP), which Prime Minister Hun Sens government asked the court to dissolve, are already in jail or have fled the country.

The court also ordered a five-year ban on political activity for 118 members of the party, which had emerged as a threat to Mr Hun Sens three decade-rule.

The government has accused the party of plotting to overthrow the government with help from the United States, which strongly Washington denies.

Party leader Kem Sokha was jailed in a raid on his home by more than 200 police on September 3.

Human rights group slammed the verdict in the country, where they say the courts ar...

08:59

Man builds gold-dredging machine from scrap metal Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 20, 2017

A man from Aseki in Morobe has built a simplified alluvial gold dredging machine using pieces of scrap metal.
The machine, powered by electricity and water, will greatly assist small-scale alluvial miners.
Sam Sky is a Grade 6 dropout from Asini in Salamaua and Bangulum in Bulolo. His alluvial gold-dredging machine was launched during the 103rd Yabem district conference in Aseki which was attended by 14 circuits in the presence of Morobe deputy governor Waka Daimon.
Daimon last Thursday delivered 44 bags of 10kg rice to support and feed the delegations.
Sky said that his first invention was a machine used to husk peanuts after a woman farmer in Markham requested him to build it.
Sky said that it took him two weeks to design and four months to collect materials and tools and another four months to build the peanut pulper.
Sky later designed and built the alluvial mining machine launched last week.

My aim is to help small coffee farmers and alluvial miners who did not have easy access to services in Lae, Sky said.

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08:00

The Manus Island situation: The facts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Manus Island Regional Processing Centre was officially closed on October 31 and given back to the Papua New Guinea government. Men move daily in and out of the closed centre but reports indicate that approximately 420 men are left. All of these men have refused to move to new transit centres in Lorengau. How []

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07:45

Air Niugini appoints a new NGI Regional Sales Manager Papua New Guinea Today

Air Niugini has appointed a new Regional Sales Manager to look after its business operations in the New Guinea Islands region. He is Robin Taman from Taulil village in the Gazelle Electorate of East Britain Province.

Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Mr Simon Foo in announcing the new appointment last week said Taman is a career officer, having worked with Air Niugini for 25 years.
Taman commenced work with Air Niugini in 1992 as a domestic check in officer, then moved to ramp, traffic and sales before he was appointed Port Manager. For the last 10 years, he managed Air Niuginis office in Moro, Southern Highlands serving the airlines mining clients.
Mr Foo said Robin is a very experienced staff member and with his new appointment, we are confident that he can manage the regional sales performance and bring the sales target to the next level.

The new NGI Regional Sales Manager is based in Rabaul and also oversees Air Niuginis sales operations in Hoskins, Buka, Kavieng and Manus. Each sales manager in these ports report to him. His job basically is to manage the sales performances and create and maintain a high level sales culture focused on delivering results by providing on going coaching and development of support staff.

Taman said Rabaul is one of Air Niuginis major domestic ports linking the rest of the NGI region, handling more than seventy flights a week.
He added that the new role requires full commitment and dedication to achieve the companys goals and objectives and he is confident of taking up the challenge.
Taman said Good leadership is needed to lead and guide our staff at both the sales office and the airport so that we provide quality customer services and at the same time meet Air Niuginis goals. This is a big shoe for me to fill but with GOD nothing is impossible.
He thanked Air Niugini Management and the CEO for having trust and confidence in him. Robin was Sales and Airport Manager at Gurney airport, MilneBay prior to his new appointment.

07:42

PM O'Neill condemns sorcery related attack on 6-Year-Old Girl Papua New Guinea Today

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister  Peter O'Neill  has expressed outrage on behalf of the Nation after the serious abuse of a 6-year-old girl in Enga Province by adult males claiming sanguma (Sorcery) as their excuse.
PM ONeill said police had been dispatched to investigate the abuse, and any individual who tries to impede the lawful investigation will be arrested.

The Prime Minister said the attacks cannot be tolerated and the abusers must be exposed, and this requires leadership from community elders.
Lets be clear, sanguma beliefs are absolute rubbish, the Prime Minister said.
In the modern day sanguma is not a real cultural practice, it is false belief and involves the violent abuse and torture of women and girls by pathetic and perverted individuals.
The men behind these murders are cowards who are looking for someone to blame because of their own failure in life.
These violent acts are against our values as a nation and are completely unacceptable.
The Prime Minister said local communities hold the key to ending sanguma activities, but leaders must step up and be strong.

In the case of the young girl who was recently attacked in Enga, we are grateful for the brave people who gave her first aid and took her to a safe location.
The nation needs more of these unsung heroes who do the right thing, even when it means standing up against people in their own communities.
At the same time, any community leaders who allow this abuse to continue are just as bad as the men who carry out the crimes.

As a Christian Nation these abuses are also an attack on our religion, that goes against all the teachings of the Church.
The Christian faith that we share teaches us to love one another and uphold the rights of the young and the weak.
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07:33

Final Straw: A Refugee on Manus Island & 2018 Certain Days Calendar "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

The post Final Straw: A Refugee on Manus Island & 2018 Certain Days Calendar appeared first on It's Going Down.

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Walid, an asylum seeker held at the Manus Regional Process Center, Papua New Guinea

First up, youll hear a conversation that Bursts had with a refugee seeking asylum in Australia. His name is Walid, he is 24 years old and from Afghanistan. Manus Regional Processing Centre, where Walid is being held alongside nearly 450 other men, is a facility on Papua New Guinea on the PNG Lombrum Naval Base. The processing center, from here out called Manus for short or MRPC, was run up until October 31st by the Spanish multinational company Grupo Ferrovial on behalf of the Australian Government as a way of off-shoring the housing of people seeking asylum. The center was closed October 31st after the Papuan Supreme Court determined the facility unconstitutional in breech of the promise of personal liberty.

So, the Australian government withdrew its medical workers, shut off electricity and water and food shipments. However, the residents of MRPC have refused to be resettled into other facilities in PNG due to fears of physical harm by members of the PNG Defence Forces, as is alleged to have happened in April of this year, as well as violence coming from local gangs wielding machetes and other weapons. The population of the island is just short of 6,000 people and locals have expressed concern that resettlement would affect their economy greatly. In the conversation, Walid mentions two fellows from the MRPC who were found recently hung by their necks in the jungle near the Processing Centre as a proof of danger the refugees face if they leave the premises.

The Obama administration had agreed in 2016 to resettle many of Australias asylum seekers. However, do you remember that first presidential phone call that Trump made, where he ended by saying it was a stupid deal and it was the worst conversation ever? That was #45 chatting with Australias Prime Minister Turnbull about the resettlement deal for refugees on Nauru and Manus Islands. Cancelling that at the time fed into the issues in PNG & Australias national politics with the refugees being caught in the middle as pawns. The U.S. has now apparently changed its tune about the Asylum seekers, having applied for whatever extreme vetting it was seeking and has taken....

07:33

Manumanu Land Deal: Aftermath PNGBLOGS

by KIN OPOSEPA

Manumanu Land Deal: Aftermath The Manumanu Land deal issue has subsided through time and all stakeholders affected have seemed to move on, the dust has settled. Let me refresh your memories on the issues again. The purported Manumanu Land Deal (MLD) for the relocation of the PNG Defense Force is alleged to involve five different transactions totalling an amount of K46 million. However, the dealings did not comply with established processes.

The MLD issue was raised in Parliament by Member for Kairuku Hiri, Peter Isoaimo that eventually led to the sidelining of 2 Senior Ministers and suspension of 6 Departmental heads, CEO of State Owned Enterprise and chairman of CSTB. In a media statement on the 6th of February 2017 PM, ONeil had announced a Commission of Inquiry (COI) headed by a retired Judge to investigate the claims made, referred the matter to the National Fraud Squad and the Ombudsman Commission also for potential breaches of the Leadership Code.

He further promised to return the land to the customary landowners. Investigations The COI established was later downgraded to an Administrative Inquiry headed by Queens Counsel John Griffin which was supposed to take 4 weeks to complete at a cost of K2 million with the report to be presented to the Parliament on 28th of March 2017. These inquiries were to look at the roles of Ministers, the responsibilities of Departmental heads and its officers and heads of various SOEs. This report was never made available in the March sitting of Parliament.

To date, the outcome of Administrative Inquiry, National Fraud Squad and the Ombudsman Commissions is yet to be made public. Appointment of Ministers Duma and Pok Member for Hagen Central William Duma and Member for North Whagi Fabian Pok were appointed Ministers for State Owned Enterprise and Defense respectively in the 10th Parliament. The irony is that both Ministers were sidelined in the 9th Parliament over the controversial issue of MLD. When PM ONeil was questioned about these appointments by Member for North Fly James Donald MP, the PM defended the appointments by stating that there was no point in preempting the outcomes of the Administrative Inquiry, all citizens are innocent until proven guilty and so as mandated leaders they are entitled to occupy positions.

PM ONeil has clearly backflipped from his earlier statement o...

07:00

I am shown the terrible PNGDF death bunker of Sovele Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Thomas Kolouko and the concrete structure
Thomas Kolouko outside the concrete 'death bunker'

LEONARD FONG ROKA

ARAWA In Nagovis we were the first people to uphold the Bougainville Revolutionary Armys fight in 1990, recalled Thomas Kolouko of Biroi village in the Bana District.

But when the [PNG] army came to Sovele in late 1992, Thomas continued, we decided not to flee but remain in our villages with hope for better change for Bougainville.

[But] under Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) control we suffered the most.

He directed my eyes to a concrete cell behind the padres house.

This was our death bunker whenever we did wrong - like drinking - or whenever we were suspected of dealing with the BRA. We were urinated at and defecated over and we died in here.

My visit to Sovele Catholic Mission in south Bougainvilles Bana District had led me to this house, behind which, half-buried in the soil, was the concrete cell measuring about five metres by five metres and four metres in height.

The German priest who constructed it in 1990 used it to store mission records.

Before the PNGDF came, Thomas said in the cells semi-darkness, there were shelves all over this wall. Mission records and so on were stored in here.

But when the army came from Boku, they destroyed all mission records and converted this cell into their sewage tank.

So as time went by and many of our men got into trouble, especially us Biroi and Bakoram villagers, or if we were suspected of having connections with the BRA, we were thrown here.

Some of us were executed around this building while we inside listened to the gunshots and their last cries or the thud of their bodies landing on the ground.

According to Thomas Kolouko, during the PNGDF occupation of Sovele, the mission was the killing yard of Bougainvillean men suspected of interacting with the BRA.

Suspects from all over Bana District were tortured in and around the church. Some were left to bleed their lives away there.

Just a few metres away from the...

06:00

6-year old girl brutally tortured after being accused of sorcery Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Innocent woman burned to death
Kepari Leniata being burned alive

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ENGA - A young girl has been brutally tortured in Papua New Guinea after being falsely accused of practising sorcery.

The girl, believed to be about six years old, is now in hospital receiving treatment for extensive wounds and burns after members of her community tortured her with hot knives.

Lutheran missionary Anton Lutz was in the party that rescued the girl from her remote village near Sirunki in Enga province in PNG's highlands late last week.

"It's the first time that I've had to deal with anything with a young child like this and it's always confronting," Mr Lutz said.

The girl is believed to be the daughter of Kepari Leniata, who was burned alive in Mt Hagen in 2013, after also being accused of practicing sorcery, or sanguma, as it is a locally known.

Her brutal death prompted news headlines around the world and drew pledges from PNG leaders to combat so-called sorcery killings but incidents of torture and murder have continued unabated.

Mr Lutz said the torture of the girl was directly related to the accusations laid against her mother.

"Part of the urban legend of sanguma, that women are witches, includes the belief that this thing can pass from mother to child," he said.

"Of all the children in the village, this one was singled out because of her parentage and they believed she was responsible for bad things happening in the village."

PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has expressed outrage at the abuse of the girl.

"Let's be clear, sanguma beliefs are absolute rubbish," Mr O'Neill said in a statement.

"In the modern day sanguma is not a real cultural practice, it is false belief and involves the violent abuse...

02:28

The US Once Locked up White Australians Like Australia Does to Asylum Seekers Today "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Lurking behind the debates about offshore processing lies a little-known historical irony: white Australians were once locked up in immigration centers that bore a striking resemblance to the Manus Island and Nauru detention centers, which were recently harshly criticised by the UN Human Rights Committee. And unsurprisingly, they were far from happy about it.

Back in 1921, the United States introduced immigration restrictions based on national quotas. The quotas were tightened in 1924, and again in 1929, and remained in place until 1965.

The restrictions were part of a racist program to close the borders to undesirable migrants, but they carried the pretense of being color-blind. As a result, these quotas affected even Australia a fellow white mans country that proudly advertised its own White Australia policy and boasted of a 98% British population.

Australians of that era violently protested their restriction and the traumatizing border detention that followed. Yet todays Australians have been more than willing to subject refugees and asylum seekers to similar (or worse) treatment. There is also one key difference: Australian immigrants detained and deported in 1920s America were not admissible under US law, whereas it is perfectly legal to seek asylum.

From July 1921 Australias quota for US immigration came out at a measly 279, later reduced to 100 far less than the tens of thousands allocated to more populous nations.

Prior to this point, white Australians had enjoyed a virtually unfettered right to roam the globe. As British subjects, who traveled on British passports, Anglo-Australians could move at will around the still vast British Empire. They also typically enjoyed a warm welcome in the States.

The situation was different for the small number of non-Anglo Australians, who faced many more restrictions on their mobility. Chinese-Australians, for example, had long been excluded from the US by virtue of their Chinese race.

Coming at a time when Anglo-Australians were used to crossing borders with ease, the US restrictions came as a shock. At first, they were effectively ignored, but it soon transpired that the quotas would be strictly enforced.

Within months, Australians who ventured to the States in excess of the quota were being detained and deported. In almost all cases, these were not shady underworld figures, but respectable citizens who had casually disregarded or misunderstood the new law. From late 1921, dozens of prosperous and even high-profile Australians would be locked up and expelled like hardened criminals..........

Monday, 20 November

23:26

Whats Inside DCs New $800 Million, Theme-Park-Influenced Museum Of The Bible "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The professor of Jewish studies passes under an ornate archway, leading to another part of the sprawling History of the Bible floor. Keeping up with him isnt easy, as we dodge workers who continue to install museum panels before opening day.

Theres nothing false anywhere, Professor Lawrence Schiffman says over his shoulder, gesturing towards dozens of Torah scrolls carefully lit for preservation. Ive been walking around even today, reading more labels. We keep criticizing little picky things; thats our job as scholars.

Led by Schiffman, who sports a Brooklyn accent and traditional kippah head covering, the scene would fit more at a New York synagogue than a Bible museum founded by evangelical Christians. Director of Hebraic and Judaic studies at New York University, he has served as a Hebrew manuscripts consultant since early 2016 for Museum of the Bible, which opened last weekend in Washington DC.

This museum is not a hijacking of Jewish tradition to serve another religion, he says bluntly when asked about its mostly Christian funding. Its legit.

Proving legitimacy has been an uphill battle since its announcement in 2011. Brimming with technology and artifacts that illuminate the sacred text, Museum of the Bible has been hounded by various critiques. Theres either too much God or not enough Jesus, depending on the critic.

Yet even skeptics are wowed by the high-tech museum once they see it. Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Kennicott called Museum of the Bible rich in content [and] stocked with historic treasures. His front-page Washington Post story was effusive: It sets a new standard for how this countrys museums fuse entertainment and education.

Envisioned by Hobby Lobby craft chain owners Steve and Jackie Green, the Museum of the Bible reflects a kaleidoscope of faith traditions, story formats, and artistic approaches. A closer look at the multi-faceted museum offeringswith commentary from the Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant scholars at the heart of itilluminates the 430,000-square-foot experience.

A New Tour Through Ancient Stories

I grew up in Oklahoma, the Bible belt of the country, in a very small community, says Jackie Green. Everybody knew everybody. Its been such a delight for me to be able to rub shoulders, so to speak, with people who arent just like mebut they still have a great love for the Bible.

From the first floor, the variety at Museum of the Bible can be jarring. Ornate....

23:04

Australia, New Zealand officials discuss screening for Manus refugees "GroovUs Feed Anews"

By Charlotte Greenfield

22:46

Direct Investment by China Railway Group to boost PNG Economy Papua New Guinea Today


The Government of Papua New Guinea has signed a series of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of China and the China Railway company that will deliver a number of new infrastructure projects in the Papua New Guinea's Highlands Region.


Witnessing the signing of the MOU today in Port Moresby, the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, said the new projects will have direct positive impacts on the lives of people in Eastern and Western Highlands provinces.
These projects will enhance agriculture, roads and water supply in parts of the Highlands will improve lives and help people to be more active in the economy.
China is one of our strongest development partners, and this direct investment is an example of the huge confidence that China and Chinese companies have in Papua New Guinea.
Despite the challenges in the global economy in recent years, the outlook for the Papua New Guinea economy is very positive and we thank our partners for their commitment to our country.
The projects that we initiated today will be delivered in some of the most remote parts of our country where there is a need to improve connectivity and services.
These projects are taking place as part of the One Belt One Road initiative that is creating more efficient trade corridors between the Asia-Pacific and Western Asia.
As this initiative grows we are seeing infrastructure improvements across many developing countries.
At the eastern end of the initiative, Papua New Guinea is deriving benefits that will strengthen capacity to trade across borders.
The Prime Minister thanked the President of the China Railway International Group, Mr. Zhang Zongyan, for visiting Papua New Guinea to see for himself where support can be allocated.
I thank the Government of China and the China Railway Company for their ongoing commitment to Papua New Guinea.
The projects we have agreed on today will deliver positive change for people in many towns and villages.
Your support for Papua New Guinea will be reme...

22:31

FLASHBACK: Volcanoes are erupting all over the place right now. Scientists have figured out why: A minute slowdown in the planet's rotation "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Earth seems to have been smoking a lot recently. Volcanoes are erupting in Iceland, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ecuador and Mexico right now. Others, in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, erupted recently but seem to have calmed down. Many of these have threatened homes and forced evacuations. But among their spectators, these eruptions raise this question: Is there such a thing as a season for volcanic eruptions? While volcanoes may not have "seasons" as we know them, scientists have started to discern intriguing patterns in their activity. Eruptions caused by a shortened day The four seasons are caused by the Earth's axis of rotation tilting toward and away from the sun. But our planet undergoes another, less well-known change, which affects it in a more subtle way, perhaps even volcanically. Due to factors like the gravitational pull of the sun and moon, the speed at which the Earth rotates constantly changes. Accordingly the length of a day actually varies from year to year. The difference is only in the order of milliseconds. But new research suggests that this seemingly small perturbation could bring about significant changes on our planet - or more accurately, within it.

21:37

Malcolm Turnbull Fired for Being Unable to Name a Single AC/DC Song "GroovUs Feed Anews"

ACDC

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was sent to a detention centre on Manus Island overnight after he was unable to name a single song when asked to nominate a favourite track by iconic rock band AC/DC in an interview following the death of founding guitarist Malcolm Young.

Former NSW Premier Mike Baird, who cited Dirty deeds done dirt cheap as the song that inspired his career, was quick to put his hand up for the top role.

I retired from politics to help members of my family through serious illness six months ago but everyones fine now, he said. Its amazing what $887,000 can do for your health.

Baird has already launched his election campaign, promising to get the greyhound racing industry back in [the] black and everything else in the country on the highway to hell in record time.

Turnbull issued a statement saying that he could reel off the name of every piece ever written by Mozart, Beethoven and Bach like every other regular Aussie bloke and shouldnt be punished for this one small lapse in cultural knowledge.


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