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Thursday, 26 October

21:55

PNG Foreign Affairs recalls heads of missions Papua New Guinea Today

The Papua New Guinea  Department of Foreign Affairs has found some anomalies with the financial records at PNG's Mission in Manila, Philippines, as it begins recalling its heads of missions abroad.

Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato, confirmed in a statement, that several heads of diplomatic missions overseas are being recalled as their posts and terms of appointment have expired.
Heads of missions affected include Washington D.C, Manila, Jakarta and Sydney, with China and Honiara to be returned at a later date.

Mr. Pato says the Department is in the process of recall and repatriation exercise for the returning heads of missions as well as preparing ground works for replacements who are to be appointed by the National Executive Council soon.
He says as part of the recall, the financial records of the affected missions need to be checked and updated.

In case of the PNG Mission in Manila, some anomalies were found.
The Department is working with the officers at the mission to verify the financial records in a fair and transparent manner consistent with the Public Finance Management Act.

Minister Pato hopes the change over arrangements will be orderly and business like and that all new appointees will take over from where their predecessors left off.
NBC News/ PNG Today

21:53

Namatanai MP Schnaubelt queries Lihir Royalties Papua New Guinea Today

Namatanai MP Walter Schnaubelt has tasked the New Ireland Provincial Government to explain the whereabouts of his district's share of mine royalties, as per an Agreement with the Lihir Gold Mine.

He says since the start of the mine's operations in 2007, his District has not received its 20 per cent share of the funds.
Mr Schnaubelt told NBC Radio the New Ireland Government must furnish expenditure reports of the payments.
"The concern now is the 50% portion blong New Ireland Provincial Government which is responsible to dispatch 20% to Namatanai district and 20% to Kavieng district na 10 percent is retained by the provincial government blo administration purposes.
"Orait, the provincial government component paid to date is K264m and you know since 2007 i kam nao, Namatanai district and Kavieng district have missed out on their 20% share."
NBC News/PNG Today

21:51

Inquiry starts into million kina debt Papua New Guinea Today

Retired Judge, Don Sawong is heading a team to investigate over K40m debt incurred by the Provincial Government over the years.

Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu told a recent conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bulolo that he wants to establish how the province has incurred the massive bill.
The investigation started last week and is expected to continue.
The Morobe Governor says the people have the right to know how the money was expanded because it is public money.

Saonu says starting from the top post in the Provincial Administration, how to the service providers all off them will be questioned on how the figure has accumulated.
He says he's mandated by the people to do the right thing, therefore, he believes finding out where the money has gone to is the right thing to do.
"Husait i mekim na displa K44m i kammap?
"Ol public servants or politicians?
"Disla em moni blo ol pipol.
"Sevis imas go na pipol blo Morobe laikim disla moni, na why na disla issue i kamap."
Governor Saonu says a report will be tabled for further deliberation by the Morobe Provincial Executive Council after the investigation is completed.
NBC News - Gabriel Jamine

21:47

PNG Kumuls positive to win at home Papua New Guinea Today

By Aizowe OTU/PNGFM

PNG LNG Kumuls are positive and in high spirits to win all 3 sets of their home World Cup matches starting with their World Cup opener against the Wales this Saturday at the National Football Stadium.

Kumuls have never beaten the teams in our pool but are definitely looking forward to meeting the chargers on home soil, said Assistant Coach Stanley Tepend.

Tepend said the team is not just as excited to play the World Cup in PNG but are proud to put on the PNG colours on home soil and want to create history for the country and its people.
Kumuls Nene McDonald who is expected to play a pivotal role in the centre said it wont be any easy for the boys but with their composure in the camp, and assistance from former Kumul greats in Marcus Bai, John Wilshire and others, he anticipates a good finish.

James Segeyaro said he will take in all the criticism as a stepping stone for him to perform for his countrymen. He is said the Kumuls select side is by far the best and is confident they will perform to the best to raise the red, black and gold colours on high masts.

21:44

Tribal fight, food shortage force school closure in Hela Province Papua New Guinea Today

Humburu Primary School, a government agency school in the South Koroba in Koroba Lake Kopiag District, Hela province is yet to resume formal class.

This is the result of shortage of food supply and tribal fight in the villages, between clans sharing the border.
School Head Master Agilo Wakia said the tribal fight in Humburu has prompted them to close the school after two classrooms and teachers houses were burnt down.

He said the other factor is the shortage of food seeing students leaving school to help their parents do planting during the short period of heavy rainfall.
He said food is an important factor in our lives and having no food to eat and go to school is a problem that needs urgent attention.

He urged the government to assess the situation address as a matter of urgency.
A spokesperson from the Prime Ministers Department said they have been made aware of the situation in South Koroba and have responded by informing the disaster office to assess the situation. PNGFM

14:49

Ministry to Tackle Housing Issues PNG Daily News

 
The government, through the ministry of housing, is taking steps to address the dire problem of housing in the city.
 
And it will achieve this through an initiative, by the Housing Minister, to set up a housing policy steering committee.
 
The committee held its first meeting on Wednesday, Oct 25.
 
The Housing Policy Steering Committee is made up of the National Housing Corporation and line agencies, including the Department of Lands and Physical Planning, Justice and Attorney General, Office of Urbanization and the National Research Institute, among other stakeholders.
 
The Committee has been tasked to come up with a housing policy for PNG that is workable to address affordable housing, especially in cities like Port Moresby. The last housing policy for PNG was 23 years overdue for a review.
 
Heading the housing policy steering committee is acting NHC managing director, Kenneth Cooke.
 
Housing Minister John Kaupa said the ONeill-Abel government, under its housing policy, will try its best to provide affordable housing for PNG citizens, and the committee will play a major role in achieving this.
 
While PNG continues to face the chronic problem of affordable housing, the Minister also acknowledged the fact that NHC over the years has a lot of controversial issues that hinder its progress to provide good housing for PNG families.
 
A lack of affordable housing has also forced the creation of many small settlements throughout the city that lack proper hygiene and sanitation...

14:45

Stabbed, beaten, and robbed: refugees on Manus to be abandoned in danger "IndyWatch Feed National"

Todays report from Human Rights Watch lays bare the fear, cruelty and danger the refugees and people seeking asylum face on Manus Island.

Human Rights Watch visited Manus in September and spoke to dozens of men about their fears, including those who have been stabbed, beaten, and robbed when theyve left the guarded centre. Some men were too scared to leave the centre to meet with the HRW team. The Australian Government intends to push a further 600 men towards this danger when the guarded centre is closed in six days.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been to Manus three times to speak with the men there, said:

"Today Human Rights Watch calls Manus a dangerous failure. Last week the UN called it a humanitarian disaster. These men have had four years of their lives ripped away from them. Theyve been beaten. Theyve been shot. And theyve suffered the sheer torment of not knowing if or when their ordeal would ever end.

"After four years of fear, violence and suffering, these men deserve a future. But instead our Government is trying to bludgeon them into returning to persecution or moving from one dead end camp to another. Its the height of cruelty," said Mr Webb.

A notice posted inside the Manus Island detention centre last week warned refugees that from the 31 October 2017, all food, water and electricity will be disconnected, protective fences will be removed and the facility will be handed over to the PNG Defence Forces.

On Good Friday this year, drunk soldiers from the PNG Defence Forces attacked the centre, ramming the centre fence with a vehicle to try to gain entry and firing over 100 shots, including from an M-16 Assault Rifle, into the centre where hundreds of refugees feared for their lives.

"It beggars belief. PNG military personnel have attacked these men before. Now our Government is tearing down the fences and putting them in charge. Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull can't just sit back and wait for further bloodshed. Every single man on Manus must be immediately evacuated to safety in Australia," said Mr Webb....

13:25

Freedom is relative "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The demolition of the Manus Island centre is set to begin in one week, which means the water supplies are steadily decreasing, resources are diminishing, and power is being progressively shut off. The men are being smoked out, but they dont plan on leaving. As Aziz (Abdul Aziz Muhamat) said in a recent mini-episode of The Messenger, we are determined to go ahead with our resistance and we are not going to give up.

12:12

Men Need to Stand Up to Prevent Violence Against Women ; PM Calls for Communities and Churches to Show Leadership PNG Daily News

Approved for Release: 25 October 2017

Office of the Prime Minister Papua New Guinea 

Communities must stand up against any act of violence against women, and Churches must take a leading role in protecting victims and exposing violent men. This is the message from the Prime Minster, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, to community and church leaders, as well as male family members who he said have a natural responsibility to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

A man is a coward if he thinks it is ok to hit a woman, these abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they hit a woman who is smaller, the Prime Minister said.

We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women, but no Government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

Community leaders are not truly leaders if they turn a blind eye to violence against women.

Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable.

Any community or Church leader who turns a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let their people down, and has abandoned the Christian principles our Nation holds dear.

The Prime Minister further called on the men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

I also appeal to the sons of our nation, if your Father beats your Mother you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your Mother.

Your Mother gave you life, now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you.

The same goes for all the men in families, to brothers, uncles, and other male family members, do not turn a blind eye.

The Prime Minister said the National Government will increase public awareness aimed at preventing domestic violence. This will be undertaken alongside the commitment of increased resources for police and courts to deal with violent men, as well as increased support for the victims of violence.

 


Filed under: Awareness, Community, Criminal, Governance, Growth, Human Rights, Information, Justice...

11:24

ONeill On Violence Against Women PNG Daily News

Source: Post-Courier

 

 

Communities must stand up against any act of violence against women and Churches must take a leading role in protecting victims and exposing violent men.

 
This is the message from the Prime Minster Peter ONeill to community and church leaders, as well as male family members who he said have a natural responsibility to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

 
A man is a coward if he thinks it is okay to hit a woman, these abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they hit a woman who is smaller, the Prime Minister said.

 
We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women, but no Government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

 
There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

 
Community leaders are not truly leaders if they turn a blind eye to violence against women.

 
Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable. Any community or Church leader who turns a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let their people down, and has abandoned the Christian principles our nation holds dear.

 
The Prime Minister further called on the men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

 
I also appeal to the sons of our nation, if your father beats your mother you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your mother.

 
Your mother gave you life, now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you.

 
The same goes for all the men in families, to brothers, uncles, and other male family members, do not turn a blind eye.

 
He said the National Government will increase public awareness aimed at preventing domestic violence. This will be undertaken alongside the commitment of increased resources for police and courts to deal with violent men, as well as increased support for the victims of violence.


Filed under: Awareness, Community...

11:14

Australia heavily responsible for biodiversity loss and more Zedlines. "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

A study published today reveals Australia is among the top seven nations responsible for more than fifty percent of global biodiversity loss. (Imagery sourced Wikipedia)

Scientific findings are based on the worsening in conservation status of species between 1996 and 2008 on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature red list.

Of the 109 countries studied, Australia is ranked as the second worst offender with Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, China and the United States (primarily Hawaii) also ranking.

Tweed Heads Host Social Inclusive Walk.

This Saturday Tweed Heads will be hosting an inaugural diversity walk to celebrate social inclusivity in the community.

11:02

Attack on GetUp and the Australian Workers Union is a set up "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

The raid on the Melbourne and Sydney of the Australian Workers Union is a disgrace that has the stink of a hatched government plot, to use a strong arm to deflect attention from its own failures.

Thanks to an error made by someone in the minister Michaelia Cashs office, it is known that the raid was known about before it took place and it looks like the media was deliberately notified for the purposes of a photo shoot.

The error was not in doing it, but in admitting that it has happened.

It is a direct violation of what is supposed to be a separation between government and the forces of the law and some serious questions need to be answered. If these answers are not forthcoming, the minister and her government must be held to account for what can only be described as a gross violation of democratic rights.

As it is, the targeted union is being tried by media. This is not the first time this has occurred, and it is a sad commentary on the degeneration of the Australian political process in recent times.

Senator Cash has been exposed as a liar, after having denied any prior knowledge, before undeniable proof that this is unlikely was put before her.

She had to back down by saying:  I have just been advised that, without my knowledge, one staff member in my office in the course of discussions with journalists indicated that he had received information that a raid may take place.

This is not good enough. The incident deserves a thorough public investigation. Without this, people are going to rightly consider that a cover up is taking place.

Whether one is for them or not, it doesnt take all that much to realise that a desperate attempt to smear Bill Shorten and the Labor Party is taking place.

It also throws into relief the effort being made to destroy GetUp, by creating a picture that ties in the accusation that the organisation is a political tool being used by Shorten and Labor, not on the back of evidence, but by creating a media.

The second violation of democratic rights that has occurred is that the charge is made first and then action is taken to make sure it sticks. It is a reversal of just and fair legal process that created a very dangerous precedent.

The Australian Workers Union was selected because Bill Shorten was once its secretary.

GetUp is being attacked and had its office raided as well, because of its campaigns have proved to be a thorn in the governments side. To run these campaigns, it receives donations from many places. This does not compromise its independence.

To suggest otherwise is to target all organisations that rely on public donations.

The union...

08:56

Manus Island refugees fear for lives "GroovUs Feed Anews"

A trip to the supermarket can be an exercise in dicing with death on Manus Island, according to a new report.

An Iranian asylum seeker claims to have been attacked by local men who left him unconscious after fracturing his skull with a metal rod as they robbed him of his mobile phone and money.

He was flown to Brisbane for treatment.

The incident is highlighted in a report by Human Rights Watch, which interviewed 40 refugees and asylum seekers who live at the Manus Island immigration detention centre or in the community.

The detention centre is slated for closure on Tuesday and more than 600 people are refusing to leave over safety fears.

The report claims young intoxicated local men have been robbing and attacking refugees and asylum seekers using sticks, machetes, rocks, knives and screwdrivers.

A Bangladeshi asylum seeker claimed a man put a knife to his throat when he went to the nearby Lorengau township to buy a chicken.

He required medical evacuation to Port Moresby.

A Rohingya refugee from Burma told the rights group he was too scared to leave the detention centre compound.

The locals have no understanding of people from other countries, he said.

We are walking around in nice clean clothes with mobile phones. The locals dont know what it means to be a refugee. They only know we are prisoners. They were told we are bad people.

The report says refugees have stopped informing police because incidents are not investigated or they are arrested for disturbing local people.

The Australian government insists arrangements are in place to accommodate all refugees and asylum seekers at nearby Lorengau after Tuesday.

Services including mental health services will continue to be provided at the alternative accommodation.
The immigration department has previously insisted any allegations of refugees and asylum seekers being victims of crime on Manus Island are a matter for the PNG police and government.

The post Manus Island refugees fear for lives appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:12

Surgeon Comforts Orphaned Wombat In The Middle Of The Night "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A little wombat lost everything along a road in Australia after her mother was hit and killed by a car but now she's getting the love and comfort she needs. 

"That is a common reason for wombats and other species coming into care," Dr. Howard Ralph, a veterinary surgeon who founded Southern Cross Wildlife Care (SCWC), told The Dodo. "Rosie came to us because she had been hiding in her dead mothers pouch for several days and the carer rightly felt that Rosie was very unwell and was not interested in drinking a bottle."

Credit: Howard Ralph

It was the early hours of the morning when Dr. Ralph comforted Rosie, giving her treatment for severe dehydration and pneumonia. This is often the life of a wildlife veterinarian so devoted his patients.

"We often are involved in late night care of patients," Dr. Ralph said. "The need is enormous ... The days are usually consumed by the urgent matters that often continue into the night and early morning with intensive care." 

Credit: Howard Ralph

Credit: Howard Ralph

Dr. Ralph has been helping wildlife for many years even as a kid he was fascinated by wild animals. Later, he knew he wanted to become a veterinarian.

"During my time at university studying veterinary medicine, it became apparent to me that wildlife generally did not receive the degree of respect that was due and that existed for other species such as domestic patients," Dr. Ralph said. "During my childhood and later as a teacher in Papua New Guinea I had regular contact with wild creatures so that a certain rapport became established early. After graduation the contact with wild patients gradually increased until eventually I undertook post graduate study in wildlife medicine."

Now that he founded and runs SCWC, he gets to spend much of his time helping all kinds of animals who live...

06:00

Death of journalist sparks national debate about domestic violence Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Rosalyn Albaniel Evara
Rosalyn Evara

HELEN DAVIDSON | The Guardian

Read Helens full report for The Guardian here

PORT MORESBY - The death of a high-profile Papua New Guinean journalist at the age of 41 has sparked a national debate about the countrys continuing epidemic of violence against women, after graphic photographs were shown at her funeral.

Family members of Rosalyn Albaniel Evara, who was an editor at PNGs largest newspaper, the Post-Courier, have received support from the Port Moresby governor for their calls for a police investigation into her death.

Evara died last week after she collapsed at her Port Moresby home, and was rushed to hospital. The journalist was farewelled at a funeral in Port Moresby on Monday, where an aunt, Mary Albaniel, used her eulogy to allege Evara had been violently assaulted.

Albaniel, wearing a say no to violence tee-shirt, showed photographs of her battered body and alleged a history of abuse.

When I heard that you died, I regretted that I should have done more than just talk to you, but how? said Albaniel.

She said they discovered the bruises when preparing Evaras body, and decided to take photos in the hope it may lead to criminal prosecution.

Albaniel told The Guardian she felt compelled to raise the allegations at the funeral, which was attended by Evaras husband.

Im using the same surname as the deceaseds maiden name. To continue advocating in my job as a defender of human rights would be useless if I cant get justice done, she said.

I strongly advocate against all forms of violence against women. Thats why I decided to wear my job cap yesterday.

On Tuesday morning Port Moresby governor, Powes Parkop, reportedly ordered the womans burial be deferred for a post mortem and investigation, overriding the initial wishes of Evaras mother, who later that day...

05:00

Smart editing tips for writers who want to be read Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Pro-writing aid
The Prowriting app can help improve your writing

JORDAN DEAN

PORT MORESBY - So youve drafted a short story or a novel and want to polish it before sending it to potential publishers.

You dont wish to put your work out there unpolished, because thats a good way to make sure no one ever reads it.

You understand the importance of having a good editor look at your work. But, if youre struggling to make ends meet and cant afford an editor, dont sweat it.

There are several options to get your work polished without spending tons of money. Its a lot of work and will take up a lot of your time, but if you really want get your best work out for public consumption, its worth it.

First, read through your own work and use the Microsoft Word tools to improve it.

Use the Spelling & Grammar tab to correct spelling errors and the Navigation feature to search for overused words. Remove these words or replace them with synonyms from a Thesaurus.

Chop away extravagant detail and avoid purple prose, writing that is flowery and pretentious and uses big words to appear clever. All of these can be done on MS Word.

Then theres several free online editing applications like the Hemingway App and the ProWritingAid. Im using Prowriting to edit my novel. You can download the application and install it as an add-on to MS Word.

The Hemingway app is a great copy editing tool that will fend off typical writer errors. It helps identify long sentences, passive voice, overly complex words and too many adverbs. In short, it tightens up your writing.

The ProWriting app will find everything that Hemingway App didnt, including clichs, sticky sentences and overused words.

However these applications are only aids. They dont tell you whether your work is good, bad or needs improvement.

Automated applications are not a replacement for human editors. Thank God for wordsmiths like Ed B...

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