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Friday, 17 November


Anarchist Solidarity "GroovUs Feed Nradio"

Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.

Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australias offshore detention centre on PNGs Manus Island.

And the big announcement that we are now part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.

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The Basics The Lucky Country info
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Thursday, 16 November


PNG Orchids v England Women's RLWC Match live updates Papua New Guinea Today

The Papua New Guinea Orchids will take on England in the Women' Rugby League World Cup match today at 6 : 00 PM. Follow the live updated below. Refresh (reload) the page every time to see the latest updates on this match.

Live Updates :  Second Half underway

Full time: England 36 PNG  8 
78 mins : Try England 36  PNG 8
73 Mins: Try England 30 PNG 8. Boot Scores for England
70 mins: Still England 24 PNG 8
65 mins: England 18 PNG 8 : Try for PNG but Referee rules knock on.No try

60 mins: TRY England: 24 PNG 8 : Danielle Bound scores for England
55 mins: The score still remain at England 18 PNG 8 : Orchids attacking now

50 mins : Still England 18 PNG 8 : A brilliant try-saving tackle from PNG's  Martha Karl denies Tara-Jane Stanley from grabbing another try for England

45 mins: England 18 PNG 8 : Good news for PNG, fullback Amelia Kuk is back out there after leaving the field in the first half.
41 min: Second Half underway

38 mins : Try England: 18 PNG 8: This time it's left winger Charlotte Booth who dives over in the corner.
35 mins: Try England: 14 PNG 8 : Winger Tara-Jane Stanley goes over untouched in the corner.
30 mins: PNG's Amelia Cuk attacks the tryline again but the England defence forces a mistake, and the PNG fullback looks to have been hurt in the process

27 mins : Try England: 10 PNG 8.  Amy Hardcastle busts a tackle and bursts into the clear, and races 70m to score a terrific TRY for England
25 mins : TRY PNG Orchids: 8  England:  6  Anne Oiufa scores  and Amelia Kuk kick is ugly off the boot, and a wicked bounce evades everyone
20 mins :  PNG's Amelia Kuk then continues her hot start to the match with a break that almost results in a try, but she just can't beat the last tackle

11 mins : England Try :  Shona Hoyle, converted by Tara-Jane Stanley. PNG 4-6 ENG
10 mins: Solid defence from PNG held out England Try opportunity

In Earlier Matches.

-Defending Champions, Australia outclassed Cook Islands  5...


Lupari says Religious Education must be a compulsory subject in PNG's Education System Papua New Guinea Today

Religious Education should be a compulsory subject in the school system, says the Chief Secretary to Government, Ambassador Isaac Lupari.
Chief Secretary Amb Lupari said that Government must seriously consider introducing Religious Education as a compulsory subject in our education system.
Amb Lupari made this statement when addressing the Heads of Govt Agencies at a recent Departmental Heads meeting in Port Moresby.

If we are going to address law & order, social ills, decline in ethical standard, decline in morality, increase in domestic drug abuse and so forth, in a serious manner, we must introduce Religious Education as a compulsory subject in our school system.
What we are doing today, will not address the root cause of these social problems in the country.
The root causes are lack of discipline and respect for our culture and respect for our laws.
How do we address these causes? 

Religious Education is one of the only viable solutions, said Amb Lupari.
We are a Christian country and Christianity is defined in our Constitution.
Yet this is not translated or embraced in our education and work place systems.
If we introduce or make Religious Education as a compulsory subject such as science and maths, we will produce educated population based on discipline, respect, integrity and value for each other, he said.
The impact on our society will be positive. We will have lesser social ills, law & order problems and more importantly increase in economic prosperity.
I am really happy that the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has seen the merits of Religious Education and directed us to work together with all stakeholders to develop the Religious Education program.
The tentative plan is to install the Religious Education as core subject in our school system from grade one to grade 12 commencing 2019.


Apakah Profesi Wartawan Aman di Indonesia? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Apakah Profesi Wartawan Aman di Indonesia?

Oleh Yerry Borang and Egbert Wits

Sebelumnya di tahun 2017, kami bekerja sama dengan Citizen Lab, untuk berdiskusi dengan wartawan-wartawan dari Papua, Aceh, dan Jawa Tengah untuk mendalami masalah terkini mengenai keamanan bekerja sebagai wartawan. Enam belas wartawan kami wawancarai, kami fokus pada persoalan keamanan digital dan bagaimana wartawan menggunakan teknologi (dengan aman). Selain di Indonesia, riset ini juga kami jalankan di Filipina.

Meskipun jumlah situs yang membantu kualitas keamanan pekerjaan kita sudah bertambah, namun ada diskusi yang terlewatkan, yakni mengenai pro dan kontra dari keamanan digital bagi wartawan, serta tentang berbagai kendala keamanan digital yang mereka hadapi di era cepatnya arus informasi dan instant deadline. Kami berharap bahwa hasil riset yang kami sebarkan ini dapat berkontribusi bagi diskusi ini. Mari kita mulai dengan menelaan latar belakang Pendidikan para wartawan.

Pendidikan Jurnalisme

10 dari 16 wartawan yang kami wawancarai memiliki latar belakang Pendidikan di program studi jurnalisme. Mereka mendapatkan materi perkuliahan seputar keselamatan fisik dalam proses peliputan, namun materi mengenai keamanan digital sepenuhnya absen. Tidak ada perhatian sama sekali terhadap keamanan digital selama saya mengecap Pendidikan jurnalisme (Jakarta no. 2). Ketika menelaah program-program studi jurnalisme di beberapa universitas di Jawa [1] hari ini, kami tidak menemukan satupun institusi yang memiliki materi ajar mengenai keamanan digital atau keselamatan wartawan. Ketika job training, mungkin? Sayangnya juga tidak. Tak satupun perwakilan pihak media yang kami wawancarai mengatakan bahwa mereka memberikan pelatihan esktra mengenai isu keselamaan dan keamanan. Pengetahuan yang beredar mengenai keamanan digital sunggguh minimal dan pengetahuan itu diperoleh biasanya dari diskusi sesama wartawan. Umumnya, para wartawan mulai mempelajari atau mencari informasi tentang keamanan digital dan keamanan kerja setelah mereka merasa terancam, dilecehkan, atau pengalaman negatif lain akibat dari pekerjaan jurnalistik mereka.

Minimnya pelatihan mengenai keamanan online dan offline adalah fakta yang mengkhawatirkan mengingat kondisi keselamatan wartawan di Indonesia ada dalam kondisi genting. Human Rights Watch melaporkan [2] bahwa angka kekerasan terhadap wartawan meningkat. Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI), sebuah lembaga swadaya masyarakat bagi para wartawan, melaporkan bahwa ada 78 insiden kekerasan terha...


Malcolm Turnbull, Manus and New Zealand: Time to let these people go "IndyWatch Feed"

Malcolm Turnbull, Manus and New Zealand: Time to let these people goNew Zealand has offered sanctuary to 150 refugees Australia has marooned on Manus Island, but our Malcolm Turnbull has refused to allow it. read now...


A Step forward for BSP with EMV chip enabled card Papua New Guinea Today

In the next few weeks, BSP Visa Debit card users will be issued cards that come equipped with chips on them.
These chips are known as EMV chips. EMV - which stands for Europay, Mastercard and Visa -- is a global standard for cards equipped with computer chips and the technology used to authenticate chip-card transactions.  This new enhancement will be implemented, to counter and protect customers and the bank against security breaches and counterfeit card fraud. Most major card issuers around the world have migrated to this new technology to protect consumers and reduce the costs of fraud and BSP will also be migrating into this new technology.

"These new and improved cards are being deployed to improve payment security, making it more difficult for fraudsters to counterfeit cards," said Robin Fleming, BSP Group CEO.  "It's used worldwide and is an important step forward for BSP." This was announced on Thursday at the Quarter 3 Financial Presentations at BSP Haus, Port Moresby.

EMV-enabled cards offer several benefits over the current magnetic-stripe cards. The chip cards will have a small, metallic square you will see on new BSP Visa Debit Cards. That is a computer chip, and it is what sets it apart from the rest of the cards.

"The magnetic stripes on cards store unchanging data. Whoever accesses that data gains the sensitive card and cardholder information necessary to make purchases. That makes traditional cards prime targets for counterfeiters, who convert stolen card data to cash," explains Rebecca Senge, BSP's Head of Product Development.

"If someone copies a mag stripe, they can easily replicate that data over and over again because it doesn't change. Unlike magnetic-stripe cards, every time an EMV card is used for payment, the card chip creates a unique transaction code that can only be used once," added Ms Senge.

"If a hacker stole the chip information from one specific point of sale, typical card duplication would never work because the stolen transaction number created in that instance cannot be used again and so the card would just get denied, " she further added.

For many countries in the world, fraudsters have shied away from countries that have already transitioned to EMV cards, however, this has increased exposure for card users and issuers in countries like Papua New Guinea who still use the magnetic stripe cards," said Mr Fleming.

"With the introduction to the new BSP chip enabled Visa Debit Cards, it adds an added security level that m...


BSP Launch VISA Debit Card with Added Security Papua New Guinea Today

Bank South Pacific (BSP) launched the new BSP chip enabled Visa Debit Cards on Thursday 9th of November, 2017 at its BSP First Lounge at the Ravalien Haus, Port Moresby.

This new enhancement has been implemented, to counter and protect customers and the bank against security breaches and counterfeit card fraud.

BSP CEO, Mr Robin Fleming was present at the launch and gave a product background saying, "Most major card issuers around the world have migrated to this new technology to protect consumers and reduce the costs of fraud and BSP proud to migrate into this new technology."

These chips are known as EMV chips. EMV - which stands for Europay, Mastercard and Visa - is a global standard for cards equipped with computer chips and the technology used to authenticate chip-card transactions.

Earlier, Mr Fleming also announced at the BSP Quarter 3 Financial Presentations at Ravalien Haus, Port Moresby that, "these new and improved cards are being deployed to improve payment security, making it more difficult for fraudsters to counterfeit cards. It's used worldwide and is an important step forward for BSP."

Present at the Launch on Thursday night was BSP Brand Ambassador and Captain of the PNG Kumuls, David Mead who also applied for a New Visa Debit Card.


More than 47,000 living with HIV in PNG, official says Papua New Guinea Today

 More than 47,000 Papua New Guineans are living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) with Enga being the highest HIV prevalence province.

National Aids Council Secretariat (NACS) regional manager Valentine Tangoh told a workshop on gender equity and social inclusion in Port Moresby that the spread of HIV still outpaced responses taken in the country despite some progress being made.

National HIV prevalence is estimated at 0.89 per cent among adults (15-49-year-olds). Thats the highest among Pacific nations, Tangoh said.

He said for last year and this year, it was estimated that there are 47,795 people living with HIV in PNG.

Of these, 2800 are estimated to be new infections for this year alone, one quarter of them are children and young people.New born babies account for 16 per cent of new infections annually.

These are data shown by people who went to the hospitals or in voluntary counselling centres getting tested on their HIV status.

However, there are many people in the country who dont go to test and know of their HIV status and so the figure might increase, Tangoh said.

He said the pandemic was concentrated in certain geographical locations within key population groups.

HIV prevalence of one per cent or more is recorded in the Highlands provinces and Enga is the highest with 1.77 per cent, National Capital District with 1.64 per cent, followed by Jiwaka with 1.49 per cent, Western Highlands with 1.32 per cent, Western with 1.23 per cent, Eastern Highlands with 1.0 per cent, Chimbu with 0.9 per cent, Oro, Manus and Central with 0.7 per cent, Madang with 0.6 per cent and the other provinces showing a much lower prevalence.

He said HIV prevalence in 2014 was 0.7 per cent with the total number of people living with HIV estimated to be 37,000 but HIV prevalence has increased to 0.89 in 2016 and 2017 with a total of 47,795 people estimated to be living with the virus.

Of the 47,795 people living with HIV, only 52 per cent or 23,800 are on antiretroviral therapy (ART).

The rest are not receiving any treatment and that is a major concern.

Major fluctuations in government budget allocations are a real issue that contributes to this high prevalence.

Tangho said further that HIV/Aids was a developmental issue and must be addressed across all sectors.

HIV should still be seen as a huge threat to Papua New Guineas national security and stability and economic growth.

This is the fac...


PNG Kumuls v England RLWC Quarter Final Preview Papua New Guinea Today

England hooker Josh Hodgson and PNG hooker James Segeyaro
 will be key men for their teams on Sunday afternoon.
Credit: Gregg Porteous; David Buller. Copyright: NRL Photos.
England face an undefeated PNG side who venture outside Port Moresby for the first time in this World Cup.

Wayne Bennett's side has shown patches of what they are capable of without yet putting in an eighty-minute performance, with victories over France (36-6) and Lebanon (29-10). The Kumuls come to Melbourne after accounting for Wales, Ireland and the USA by a combined 128-12.

The English get Sam Burgess back who returns from a knee injury and will start in the second row, with Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins replacing Stefan Ratchford and Mark Percival in the backline. Gareth Widdop retains his spot at fullback, while Kevin Brown and Luke Gale remain in the halves. Elliott Whitehead comes back into the back row and Josh Hodgson starts in place of James Roby who drops to the bench.

PNG coach Michael Marum has made minimal changes. Ase Boas comes in for Lachlan Lam at five-eighth, while Stanton Albert and Rod Griffin are on the bench for Nixon Putt and Enock Maki respectively.

Why England can win: They've started well in all three games so far and, apart from their opener Australia, have overcome their opponents through an influx of first-half points. Their defence has also held up against the best the Kangaroos could only manage three tries and Bennett will have them primed for a better performance coming into the knockout rounds.

Why PNG can win: The Kumuls are riding the wave of their success in the pool stages. Skipper David Mead has led the way with four tries this tournament and will be keen to add to his tally on Sunday. Many of these players have been together for a long time when you factor in the PNG Hunters' success in the Queensland Cup and coach Michael Marum has got them playing for each other.

The History: Played 2; England 2; PNG 0. England has had the better of the Kumuls in their two previous clashes, though the Pacific nation went close in the 2008 World Cup where England left it late to win 32-22.

Match officials: Referee: James Child; Touch judges: Mark Craven and Chris Butler; Video referee: Steve Chiddy....


Imagining a sporting/tourist boycott of Australia "GroovUs Feed Anews"

After 25 years of increasingly extreme Australian policies against asylum seekers both onshore and offshore, perhaps its time to think about more active measures to change course.

I was interviewed by the Guardian about my suggestions:

The author and journalist Antony Loewenstein is attempting to open up another front in the campaign against offshore detention. He has argued for some time that an international boycott of Australia over Manus is a key way to pressure the government. He wants to see a sporting and tourism boycott, and a boycott of companies profiting from onshore and offshore detention.

Protest is vital but the old methods have failed to change decades of bipartisan support for mandatory detention of asylum seekers and other human rights violations, Loewenstein told the Guardian.


Is it time to boycott Australia over its refugee policies? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

My following article appears in Australian news outlet, Crikey:

Lets talk about boycotting Australia.

Australias war on asylum seekers at Manus Island, Nauru and other privatised detention facilities on the Australian mainland is seemingly unstoppable by traditional means. While condemned by every human rights organisation in the world, Canberra is unmoved. The demonisation of (mostly) brown and Muslim individuals is an effective tool for politicians as well as many in the Murdoch and tabloid press to whip up fear and aggression against outsiders. And its been working for 25 years with Australia now inspiring hardline European policies.

When politics and international law fail to intervene if abuses occur, alternative tactics are required. Supporting a tourist and sporting boycott is one way to draw local and international attention to Australias mistreatment of refugees. It would inevitably lead to a hardening of views among some Australians, and vicious opposition by many in the media who would label it unrealistic or extreme but thats exactly the point. Business-as-usual ideas have failed for more than two decades. Its time to try something new.

Back in 2014, I wrote in The Guardian that the United Nations should impose sanctions on Australia over its asylum seeker policies. Then and now it was a highly contentious view, and the UN is a deeply flawed and corrupt body itself, but my aim was to make Australians realise that turning a blind eye to what was happening on Manus Island and elsewhere should come with a tangible, economic price. In other words, lets turn capitalism against a rich, capitalist country.

In 2015, I wrote in The Guardian again about boycotting companies, and divesting from them through shareholder activism, that financially benefited from Australias refugee policies. This included Serco, G4S and International Health and Medical Services. Earlier this year, when I raised the idea...


Can the Solomon Islands Gold Ridge Mine serve as a new model for resource extraction in the South Pacific? Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

The coastline view near the capital, Honiara. Photo by Paul Hilton/Greenpeace.

Catherine Wilson | Mongabay | 15 November 2017

  • After 17 years of foreign ownership and a checkered environmental history, the Solomon Islands Gold Ridge mine is now being led by a local landowner-driven joint venture.
  • The company saw its first major test in April 2016, when rainfall triggered a spillover from the mines tailing dam. However, independent tests found the water quality downstream remained safe.
  • Though concerns still remain, the new ownership structure could be a model for mining operations elsewhere in the region.

In April 2016, thousands of villagers living in the vicinity of the Gold Ridg...


Plans For Law To Monitor Foreign Researchers In PNG PNG Daily News

Minister for Higher Education, Research Science and technology, Pila Niningi, has assured that amendments are to be made to monitor foreign research coming into the country.


He said it is time to have this legislation passed to ensure research done is conducted in a manner that benefits PNG.


The Minister was responding to recommendations made by the PNG Science and Technology, today in Port Moresby, when attending their 3rd Meeting of the year.


The academics mostly stressed that many researchers are coming into the country at will and conducting research to gather and prosper in their academic qualifications.


This they said needs to be urgently monitored and regulated so that Higher Institutions are aware and collaborate to find out what purpose of research.


He says in this way the research can be justifiable if it is in the interest of the country other than personal gains.


The Minister gave further assurance that this is very serious and will be brought to the National Executive Council to be deliberated with.

Author: Tracey Parr of Loop PNG.

Filed under: Agreement, Awareness, Development, Governance, Government, Human Resource, Information, International, land, Laws,...


No decision made in Bulolo licence application Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Bulolo township

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 15, 2017

THE Mineral Resource Authority has clarified that a decision is yet to be made on the application for an exploration licence in Bulolo.
Managing director Philip Samar was responding to the claim by Bulolo district administrator Tae Gwambelek that an exploration licence (EL2544) had been issued.
Gwambelek had supported the objection by business houses, Papua New Guinea Forest Products and town residents over the alleged issuing of the exploration licence over existing leases near the town.
But Samar said no licence had been issued.
Samar said the MRA would conduct a wardens-hearing to allow the public and stakeholders to discuss their concerns and raise objections against the application.
After that, he said the warden would table a report with the mining advisory council for consideration.
There will be no need for a township relocation just because an EL application has been lodged, he said.
He also clarified that the MRA does not issue tenements.
It recommends (it) to the minister or the head of the state, Samar said.


Lihir Royalties on hold Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Sally Pokiton | PNG Loop | November 15, 2017

temporary hold on royalty payments from Newcrest Mining Limited, has been ordered by the Waigani National Court today.

The people of Namatanai district, claim they have not received their share of royalties in the last 10 years, an amount that equates to K7 billion.

With the restraining order in place, only the Nimamar LLG and Lihir Landowners will receive their royalties this month.

Kavieng and Namatanai districts and the New Ireland Provincial governments will not receive any payments until parties present their case, on how much they should be paid, and get a clarity on the gures in court next month.

Member for Namatanai, Walter Schnaubelt and member for Kavieng Ian Ling Stucky led a case in the National court, against Sir Julius Chan as Governor for New Ireland Province Government, and Lamiller Pawut as Acting Provincial Administrator of New Island Province.

The sitting MPs are seeking clarity on all the past payments, and how much should have been p...


MP Samb defends Asidokona failure Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Samb clears air on mining delay

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 15, 2017 

THE operator of the Tolukuma Gold Mine Limited in Central has been delaying operations for the past two years because a business partner was pulling out, according to Goilala MP William Samb.
He said the Asidokona Mining Resources Pty Limited was to have restarted the mine which Central was a shareholder in.
In a statement, Samb said the delay had caused inconvenience to the company management in settling outstanding salaries of employees and resuming the operations at the mine.
The Tolukuma Gold Mine Limited is under care maintenance.
This was revealed during a recent meeting Samb had with Asidokonas executive director Vincent Siow who confirmed the challenges.
Samb said a stakeholders meeting to be held this month will be to revise the agreement. They will discuss the production phase, scale of the mine, construction of the road from Doa to Tolukuma, establishment of the infrastructure development committee, and proper landowner business plans.
Siow has...


Environmental cost will likely stop Cooks seabed mining Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Photo: Florence Syme-Buchanan/RNZ

Radio New Zealand | 15 November 2017 

The Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority Commissioner says deep sea mineral extraction in the country will likely not go ahead if the environmental cost is too high.

Paul Lynch said the countrys Seabed Minerals Act ensured a careful, steady approach to any potential exploration or mining.

He said the act was...


Canadian courts decide fate of Misima islanders? Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Way cleared for Misima restart

THE Supreme Court of British Columbia has granted final approval for the merger between Kingston Resources and WCB Resources.

WCBs key asset is the Misima gold project on an island of the same name in PNGs Milne Bay Province.

Historically, Misima has produced more than 3.7 million ounces of gold. It holds a recently completed NI43-101 resource of 2.3 million ounces.

Kingston managing director Andrew Corbett said the merger represented a transformational step for both KSN and WCB shareholders.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the WCB management and shareholders for their support during the merger process. The KSN board and management team welcomes the new KSN shareholders and we look forward to starting  work on Misima this month [November].

The court appro...


Has anyone seen this man: Benedict Allen, lost in PNG Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

HARRY COCKBURN | The Independent

Benedict Allen
Benedict Allen

LONDON - A British explorer has gone missing in Papua New Guinea during an attempt to contact a tribe living in a remote area of jungle.

Benedict Allen, 57, has not been heard from in over three weeks after being dropped off by helicopter.

He was supposed to have begun his journey home on Sunday, but missed a flight to Hong Kong where he was booked to give a talk to the Royal Geographic Society.

He has not been heard from since late October. His last public post was earlier in the month when he tweeted a picture of himself wearing his rucksack on the way to Papua New Guinea.

Marching off to Heathrow. I may be some time (dont try and rescue me please - where Im going in PNG you wont ever find me you know...)

His family is now concerned something may have happened to him on his trek.

Mr Allen was trying to reach the Yaifo people, who he first met 30 years ago in Papua New Guineas East Sepik province. He was trying to meet them again to film them for a new documentary.

He had no telephone or GPS device with him for the trip which was expected to take him through very remote areas of jungle.

According to the Daily Mail, Mr Allens agent Joanna Sarsby said: "He is a highly experienced explorer, very clever and resourceful and adept at surviving in the most hostile places on Earth, and he would never give up. He may not be a young man any more but he is very fit.

"He was trying to reach the Yaifo people, a very remote and reclusive tribe - possibly headhunters, quite a scary bunch. Goodness knows what has happened.

"I just imagine he might have been taken ill or is lying injured somewhere, perhaps with a broken leg, and maybe being helped by locals."

She added: He never takes a phone with him - he believes in living like the locals. For him not to come back is really odd.

His sister Katie Pestille, told the Mail she was not worried about the tribes he wanted to encounter, but was concerned about drug barons she said may...


British explorer goes missing in New Guinea after trying to make contact with isolated tribe "IndyWatch Feed World"

A British explorer is missing in the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea after being dropped off by helicopter three weeks ago to try and find the lost tribe of Yaifo - one of the few remaining tribes to have no contact whatsoever with the outside world. Benedict Allen's family have not heard from him since then, and hold grave fears for his safety after the seasoned explorer failed to board his flight out of Port Moresby. He was due to leave the capital on Sunday to fly to Hong Kong to talk at the Royal Geographical Society on Tuesday.


Womens rugby league's power for change in PNG Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE


Cathy Neap
Cathy Neap - rugby league is helping redefine PNG women

SYDNEY - No one needs to tell Papua New Guinea captain Cathy Neap about the power of the Women's Rugby League World Cup.

And it's not about growing the game, as league is already PNG's national pastime.

The fact is that women are now playing at the highest level has helped the country's female population overcome one of the nation's worst-kept secrets: an alarmingly high rate of domestic violence.

Cathy Neap plays in the back row for the Orchids and is proud to captain PNG at their first World Cup appearance. She says she owes rugby league another debt of gratitude.

"Definitely this game is working for us, for the women. We are gaining respect from the men in my country," she told

"Just last weekend before the Kumuls' last Test at home against the USA, we were presented to the crowd. We walked out onto the field and waved to the people in the stands.

"The feeling from the crowd was unbelievable. They actually gave us great respect. Normally women would not get that respect from the crowd. That wouldn't have happened a year or two ago.

"That's a massive change, a massive shift in the mindset of our men."

It had to improve as some estimates have as many as 70% of PNG women experiencing physical or sexual assault in their lifetime.

One Australian Federal Police officer, Detective Seargent Michelle Harris, who was on loan to PNG local police to help deal with the issue, told ABC News in February 2015 she had been shocked at the level of domestic violence in the country.

"I'd describe the level of violence here as pandemic, equalling something in a war zone," she said.

Neap has witnessed the supportive messages coming from within league.

Two local women's teams played a curtain-raiser to the September 2015 Prime Minister's XVII match between Australia and PNG in Port Moresby.

The Australian players had the words "Strong Men R...


Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine West Papua Action Network

5a0bf8763e0c1_98f8981d2723bfa86e20db72b19bcec5b8030b55.jpg Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine
Jayapura (Indonesia) (AFP) An Indonesian policeman was shot dead and another was seriously wounded near a giant US-owned copper and gold mine Wednesday, authorities said, the latest in a string of shootings in restive Papua province.

Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine

AFP / 41 minutes ago
Jayapura (Indonesia) (AFP) An Indonesian policeman was shot dead and another was seriously wounded near a giant US-owned copper and gold mine Wednesday, authorities said, the latest in a string of shootings in restive Papua province.

The killing comes as police and armed separatists are locked in a standoff near Freeport-McMoRans mine, one of the worlds biggest, with both sides blaming each other for what police have claimed was a hostage crisis.

Local authorities said unidentified gunman opened fire on a police patrol near the vast Grasberg mine in the early morning hours on Wednesday, following reports that a Freeport employee had been shot in the thigh on Tuesday.

"The gunmen started shooting at the patrolling officers from behind before dawn. It was pitch black so we did not see who the shooters were," Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz told AFP.

One officer died at the scene while another was shot in the back, suffering severe injuries, Diaz added.

Papua has faced a low-level insurgency since it was annexed by Indonesia in the late sixties.

Freeports mine is frequently a flashpoint in the struggle for independence and a bigger share of the regions rich resources.

Police said they suspected Wednesdays shooters were from the same separatist group who they claimed have been keeping some 1,300 residents in some nearby villages against their will.

Authorities claim residents have been prevented from entering or leaving their small communities since the standoff erupted this week.

"Their motive has been pretty cle...


Caught Our Notice: Oops paper included proofreaders query "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Title: Concise Review: Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Neurodegenerative Diseases What Caught Our Attention: Everyone makes mistakes but some are more amusing than others. In one recent correction, the publisher (Wiley) admitted to including a proofreaders query in the published manuscript. But didnt say what the query was. We looked around, and think we found the added []

The post Caught Our Notice: Oops paper included proofreaders query appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Wednesday, 15 November


Qatars Broadening Economic Base Offers Opportunities for PNG Papua New Guinea Today

The Prime Minister . Peter ONeill  has concluded a series of high level meetings with Government Officials in the State of Qatar, from which he anticipates will come greater technical co-operation and investment from a country that has transitioned into the LNG market as is the current experience of Papua New Guinea.

Following meetings with Qatars Prime Minister, Finance Minister and other senior Government Officials, while on his return from the APEC Summit in Viet Nam, Prime Minister ONeill said the key outcome of the visit is a further demonstration of the urgent need for Papua New Guinea to properly diversify the Nations economic base.
We have been talking about diversifying our economy to maximise gains for some time, and now is the time to act so we can build our key sectors into the future, the Prime Minister said at the meetings in Doha.

There is great potential for creating thousands of new jobs, establishing new skills and stimulating small business.
"From humble beginnings, Qatar has diversified its economic base better than most resource-focused economies around the world.
"While oil and gas remain the cornerstone of its economy, Qatar has made inroads into downstream processing and other energy related fields.
"Qatar has also leveraged its resources boom to expand the tourism sector, and made substantial investment in agriculture around the world.
The perspective from our engagement in Qatar is clear, that we have to not only get the most from expanding our LNG production, but we have to utilise these gains to diversify production and jobs in our economy.

The Prime Minister said following the visit this week, a delegation from Kumul Consolidated Holdings, as well as other Government agencies and private sector representatives, will meet with officials in Qatar.
The Qatar Prime Minister and I have agreed that we will bring together a joint forum to look at capacity building and investment opportunities between Papua New Guinea and Qatar.
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