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Friday, 22 September

21:00

PNG needs champions & role models in our society today "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tanya Zeriga-Alone
Tanya Zeriga-Alone

TANYA ZERIGA-ALONE | EmNauPNG Blog | Edited

PORT MORESBY - Most of us are of the first generation since PNG gained independence.

We are the leading edge of change. We are the cutting edge in a journey from Stone Age to colonialism to independence to integration into the post-modern era.

The future generation depends on our example. What example are we setting?

It is easy to go with the flow, to stick with the familiar, because the familiar is easy and requires no effort to maintain. Mediocrity requires no sacrifice.

Growing beyond the familiar takes hard work. The mental and emotional effort is as taxing as physical labour. Effort that makes you question yourself to reveal the authentic you; effort that makes you push back the doubts that you may fail and to embrace the chance that you may just make it.

Growing beyond the normal requires you to turn up when all you want to do is go back to sleep.  Growing means believing in the possibility of your dream.

When other disbelieve you it takes guts to push against the world to make space for your dream.

You fail but you keep striving because you know who you are and you believe in your dream and you know that only you can make that dream come alive. It is a lonely road, but, such is the price for the beauty of your dreams.

The world is looking for champions. Champions who keep breaking the glass ceiling of mediocrity to reach for the stars that beckon whoever wants to go for that wild ride.

After all, your destiny is what you make it.

The future is watching. Their possibilities are tied to our destinies. We stood on shoulders of champions, and now the future needs us to look up to see the possibilities beyond. Can we lift our opportunities higher than ourselves?

20:00

Why Australia must restore shortwave radio to the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

John Greenshields
John Greenshields

JOHN GREENSHIELDS | DevPolicy Blog

ADELAIDE - On our Australian doorstep is an amazing place, Papua New Guinea.

Seven of us were there in August, exploring a remote region of islands and atolls in the Massim district of Milne Bay Province by boat, visiting places most people would not think of seeing.

The incredible opportunity we experienced was matched with a grateful appreciation and response from the communities we meet at each of the 30 islands we stopped at. There was mutual respect.

We werent there just as tourists, we were interested in their culture and in particular their many different, traditional types of single outrigger canoe. They responded with information, introduced elders who talked of the past, let us look over the craft in detail and even took us sailing.

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

But there was a worrying side that we shared. We visited many remote islands where basic services are deplorable, particularly their health services. At one sub-provincial health centre in Guasopa village [Woodlark Island], they had nothing but Panadol.

We shared our first aid resources and knowledge, and treated those we could with spare drugs we had brought from Australia. There are so many issues facing PNG that we despaired at its future prospects.

Australia is the lucky country, but right now New Guinea is not. We were most surprised and quite angry to learn that Radio Australia no longer transmits to the region, or even the wider Pacific. One small service that Australia could offer is the return of shortwave radio.

The island of Panaeati, south of Misima, is typical of many we visited. It has a population of 2,080 people, many well educated, and fluent in English. The missions and the former Australian a...

14:52

PNG International and Sheffield Eagles winger Garry Lo signs Super League deal with Castleford Tigers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Castleford have signed Sheffield Eagles winger Garry Lo on a two-year deal.

The 23-year-old Papua New Guinea international has scored 33 tries in 28 Championship matches this season.

The Tigers have agreed that Lo can return to the Eagles on loan when he is not needed by the Super League side.

He said: "I'm speechless. To be given this opportunity is a dream come true for me. To get the chance to test myself at the highest level in Super League is so exciting."

Source: BBC

11:30

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

200917ABG WARNED BY LEASED BUILDING OWNERS
By Aloysius Laukai
At least four Leased building owners have given two weeks to the ABG to pay nine months outstanding rentals owed to Building owners that the ABG Divisions use as their offices.
These buildings in Arawa and Buka.
According to the letter of demand by leased building owners, the ABG has not honored its part of the agreement which states that rentals must be paid when it's due.
But they have outstanding for nine months now they said.
Companies that have given the ABG notice is Kabadi holdings which the Lands division Is using in Buka. 
The Pihei building which the all Community Government division is using in Buka.
And in Arawa is the member Rodney Osioco's building.
The notice said that if nothing is done within the next fourteen days, they will lock the officers out of these buildings.
This is not the first time that the people have warned the government to pay outstanding payments for services that were provided to the government.
Hire car operators have also called on the government to pay their bills and the list goes on.
Despite the bills for the ABG, the PNG ELECTORAL COMMISSION has outstanding monies going back to the 2012 National Election.
Service providers have been waiting patiently but these bills are still outstanding and patience is running out.
In June, the Electoral Manager for Bougainville, Desmond Timiyaso said that all outstanding for 2012 will be paid before polling but this has not eventuated.
In Buka the pressure is real and PNG Electoral commission officers are no longer in their office.Most of their time they operate from their homes.
Ends.

10:46

PNG Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons Grand Final preview "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


This Sunday will see the culmination of a fantastic season of Intrust Super Cup with the PNG Hunters facing off against the Sunshine Coast Falcons for the chance to hold the trophy aloft this year.


The Hunters are the minor premiers and come into this game having broken their finals hoodoo with a hard-fought win in Week 2 over the Redcliffe Dolphins.

The Falcons however have hit their straps at just the right time winning three finals matches in a row to feature at Suncorp Stadium.

Falcons coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said his team were thrilled to be featuring on grand final day completing a remarkable turnaround from recent season were they suffered 36 straight defeats.

We are excited, but the job is not done yet, he said.

He also said that while they were focused at the task at hand, they were trying to keep things as they have all season and were trying to lift the pressure by having a bit of fun at training.

Hunters coach Michael Marum faces a similar challenge and wanted his team work on their own game and not worry about what the exciting Falcons outfit might do on Sunday.

We (are) not too worried about them too much; we just (want to) make sure we concentrate on how best we can prepare to match them in the playing field.

With two exciting teams going head-to-head, it promises to be a grand final to remember.


Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, September 24 3.25pm* (Live on Channel 9 / Livestream)
Referee: Jarrod Cole
Assistant Referee: Nick Pelgrave
Head-to-Head: PNG 4, Sunshine Coast 4
Head-to-Head Finals: Sunshine Coast 1, PNG 0  
Finals Experience:  First Clash
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PNGvSCF

GAME DAY DETAILS

Suncorp Stadium - Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Match times (approx)

11.45am - Gates open
12noon - NRL Development Cup grand final (Under 12)
1.15pm - FOGS Colts Challenge grand final
3.25pm - Intrust Super Cup grand final
Ticketing:

Adult: $25
Junior (Aged 4 to 15 years): $5
Family Pass (2 x Adults, 2 x Juniors): $50
Concession/Senior/Pensioner: $5
Children (Aged 3 years and under): FREE

Free Public Transport: Present your game day ticket to receive free public transport to and from the stadium aboard Queensland Rail City Network trains or Brisbane Transport buses. This Free Public Transport' service has...

09:20

Challenging The Next Generation Of Lawyers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

Source: Post-Courier

 

 

Seventy-three lawyers at the Papua New Guinea Legal Training Institute (LTI) now have the skills to pursue careers in commercial practice after undergoing a weeks training in Commercial Advocacy. 

Now in its fifth year, the Commercial Advocacy course, which is the brainchild of Papua New Guineas Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, is delivered by a team of barristers from Queensland led by The Honourable, Justice John Logan RFD, of the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea as part of the Papua New Guinea-Australia partnership.

 

The course is designed to strengthen legal and advocacy skills including applying to the court for injunctions, drafting letters of advice and pleadings, responding to discovery applications and preparing for trials.

 

Part of the course also includes training on the Papua New Guinea criminal law (the Papua New Guinea Criminal Code is based on the Queensland Criminal Code).

 

Over five days, the students were introduced to the fundamentals of commercial litigation before testing their advocacy skills in mock court exercises.

 

The need for this training was driven by the increasing volume and complexity of commercial cases being conducted in Papua New Guinea, many of which are conducted by expatriate lawyers.

 

Speaking at the close of the LTIs Commercial Advocacy Course recently, the Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Hon. Davis Steven, challenged trainees to make a difference and thanked the Australian Government for sharing Papua New Guineas vision of a thriving legal profession in a democratic and prosperous nation.

 

Australian High Commission Counsellor Gina Wilson, congratulated students on completing the course.

 

The Papua New Guinea-Australia supports the LTI.  Commercial law is not just an exciting career path; it plays a vital role in encouraging economic investment and development, she said.

 

Almost 500 students have completed the course since 2013.


Filed under: Agreement,...

07:14

North Korea threatens H-bomb detonation in Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

North Korea has threatened to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific, after Kim Jong Un warned that Donald Trump would pay dearly for his threat this week to totally destroy North Korea if America was forced to defend itself and its allies.

Ri Yong Ho, the North Korean foreign minister, told reporters in New York that Kims earlier warning of the highest level of hardline countermeasure in history could mean a hydrogen bomb such as the one Pyongyang said it tested on September 3, according to South Korean media.

It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific, Ri was quoted as saying by Yonhap, the South Korean news agency. We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.

The US and North Korea are engaged in an escalating war of words over Pyongyangs fast-developing nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes, with both the UN and the US imposing successive rounds of economic sanctions on Mr Kims regime.

Financial markets have had only a muted reaction to the dispute in recent months, but on Friday assets regarded as havens for investors jumped immediately after the news of North Koreas latest H-bomb threat.

In a statement hours after the US imposed more sanctions on Pyongyang Kim called Mr Trump mentally deranged, a dotard and a gangster fond of playing with fire, who was unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country.

The North Korean dictator said Trumps speech to the UN general assembly where the US president declared that Rocket Man is on a suicide mission had convinced him that his decision to continue developing nuclear weapons was the correct path.

Earlier on Thursday, the Trump administration unveiled new measures designed to force countries and companies to stop trading with Pyongyang.

Trump signed an executive order that enhances the Treasurys power to impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions that facilitate trade-related transactions with North Korea.

The order would also impose other restrictions, including on shipping companies and ports that facilitate trade with North Korea. The measures follow two rounds of tough sanctions by the UN Security Council in recent weeks.

For far too long, North Korea has evaded sanctions and used the international financial system to facilitate funding for its weapons of m...

07:12

PNG Workers and Families to Benefit from New Healthcare Initiative "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A new healthcare initiative has been launched to screen workers and their family members for a range of undiagnosed vision conditions.

Hundreds of PNG nationals employed on the Star Mountain Plaza development in Port Moresby will receive free screening from optometrists.

According to the latest research, 29 per cent of locals over 50 are visually impaired and 9 per cent clinically blind. Refractive error and cataracts were the most common causes of vision impairment in the eyes examined in the survey.

Star Mountain Plaza is one of the countrys largest property developments and will host leaders from around the world at the 2018 APEC conference.

The company which provides all staff with Workers Compensation Insurance, free meals and bottled water as well as electrolyte supplements to help prevent dehydration, will now expand its employee health programme to include vision testing.

Augustine Mano says Star Mountain has worked hard to set an example to how all construction project in PNG should operate, this type of free healthcare benefit is unusual for a PNG workplace but it is a programme he wants to see expanded.

One of our key focuses has been creating a safe workplace for our team but at the same time we recognise the benefits of offering the programme to family members who may need treatment.

An onsite screening room with optometrists from the Pacific International hospital will screen hundreds of employees and their nominated family members which could include; children, wives, or even grandparents.

We know access to eyecare is very much lacking in our country and this initiative will allow Star Mountain Plaza employees and their families to secure medical treatment which they might not otherwise have access to, Mr Mano says.

Anyone requiring prescription glasses or lenses will be provided with these and will wear them under safety glasses.

Col. Sandeep S. Shaligram, CEO of Pacific International Hospital says that emerging nations often have a challenges with meeting the eye health needs of their population as funding for specialists can be hard to find.

We know from past surveys that a significant proportion of the population have an undiagnosed vision condition of some sort. At the same time we also know around 80% of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured.

...

06:37

Newcrest Appoints First Papua New Guinean to Oversee Lihir Mine Operations "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Newcrest has announced the appointment of the first Papua New Guinean to oversee operations at its Lihir Mine in New Ireland Province.

Iso Ealedona, a career mining engineer, with more than 20 years experience both locally and abroad, has been appointed Mine Manager for Lihir.

Ealedona started his career as a Mining Engineer with Placer Niugini at its Misima mine before moving to Lihir Gold with the Lihir Management Company under the Rio Tinto group in 1996.

He was appointed as the first and youngest Papua New Guinean Operations Superintendent during the early years of Lihir.

Ealedonas experience includes senior planning and leadership roles with Ok Tedi Mining, Morobe Mining Joint Venture and Misima Mines.

According to Newcrests Mining Executive General Manager Lihir and Cadia, Craig Jetson, Newcrest is confident that Lihir will continue to deliver outstanding results under Ealedonas leadership, given his vast experience.


Filed under: Business, Development, Economy, Governance, Growth, Human Resource, Information, Investment, Mining Tagged: Development, Employment, Iso Ealedon, Lihir Mine, Mining, Newcrest ...

06:01

Where Will the Next Mega Earthquake Strike? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A series of big earthquakes in less than 24 hours could have been caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines and triggering ruptures.

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by others off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning.

All were along the Ring of Fire that stretches around the Pacific from New Zealand to Chile through Indonesia, Japan, and California, in which 90 per cent of quakes happen.

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Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines

Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines

There was also a big earthquake in Mexico that killed more than 230, but despite the country falling in the Ring, experts ruled out a connection to the other quakes.

Seismologists admitted the cluster of quakes, along with others near Tonga (5.0), Taiwan (5.3), and Papua New Guinea (5.2), on the same day was unusual.

It is unusual, theres no doubt about that, its been really busy, University of Melbournes Gary Gibson told Daily Mail Australia.

I must say these unusual clusters happen fairly often and it seems they are not totally random, we just dont know why.

Phil Cummins at Geoscience Australia and the Australian National University suggested seismic waves cascading along fault lines could be responsible.

He said waves could also jump between nearby fault lines and....

05:52

ONeill And Exxon CEO Meet In US "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post Courier

 

 

Papua New Guinea and ExxonMobil are working together to expand Investment and create more jobs, Prime Minister Peter ONeill said from the United States last night.

 

Mr ONeill has expressed confidence in the ongoing strength of the commitment by ExxonMobil in Papua New Guineas economy, saying there is scope for greater investment and job creation from the company that is one of the largest foreign investors in Papua New Guinea.

 

He made the comments after meeting ExxonMobil chairman and chief executive officer, Darren Woods, and Senior Vice President, Jack Williams, at the companys global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday.

 

The contribution that the PNG LNG Project has made to our economy has been substantial, and this will continue to grow, Mr ONeill said.

 

ExxonMobil has demonstrated their continued commitment to Papua New Guinea through the delivery and management of the PNG LNG project, together with ongoing exploration activities.

 

We look forward to continuing to partner with ExxonMobil to advance projects and create more jobs for Papua New Guineans.

 

ExxonMobil PNG Limited is the operator of the US$19 billion PNG LNG Project, the largest private sector investment to date. Additionally, ExxonMobil is working with partners to expand LNG processing at the existing PNG LNG plant site near Port Moresby.

 

Papua New Guinea is an important country in ExxonMobils global portfolio, and we are committed to making our business successful for all parties, Darren Woods said.

 

We are committed to working with the government to support economic growth and provide long-term, sustainable benefits to the people of Papua New Guinea through workforce, supplier and community development programs.

 

ExxonMobil also congratulates Papua New Guinea on hosting APEC in 2018.

 

We are working closely with PNGs APEC organisers to make the event a success for the country.

 

I look forward to returning to PNG to participate in the APEC CEO Summit....

05:12

Lets Go PNG! "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post-Courier

 

 

Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae and Prime Minister Peter ONeill are urging rugby league-mad Papua New Guineans to join them and barrack for PNG Hunters in their maiden grand final appearance in Australia this weekend.

The two leaders sent their well wishes yesterday to the Hunters as well as the Prime Ministers XIII, who will clash with Australias Prime Ministers XIII in Port Moresby tomorrow.

About 4000 Papua New Guineans will be watching the Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Sunday in a bid to win Queenslands state competition their first ever rugby league title.

 

Papua New Guineans living and working in Australia are making their way to the Suncorp Stadium to watch the game.

 

Members of Parliament, businessmen and women, and supporters have started arriving in Brisbane, including an Air Niugini charter from Port Moresby, for the clash.

 

Vice-regal Sir Bob expressed his best wishes to the PNG Hunters on Sunday and the PNG XIII who play at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby tomorrow.

 

You are an inspiration to our young and old alike, that no matter where they are in our country, and whatever they do, be it in sports, business or community service, they too can have an impact on the international scene and make our nation proud, Sir Bob Dadae said.

 

Prime Minister Peter ONeill, who is in the US, will not be present when the Hunters take on the Falcons, but he has sent his highest regards and best wishes for the team.

 

Ever since the PNG Hunters were admitted to the Queensland Rugby Leagues Intrust Cup competition in 2014, the team has represented Papua New Guinea, and our national sport, rugby league, in the best spirit of the game and our nation, Mr ONeill said.

 

The PNG Hunters has dominated the Queensland state competition this year, winning the minor premiership, and captain Ase Boas, the best and fairest.

 

If the Hunters win on Sunday, their journey wont be over. Theyll play the winner of the New South...

01:37

Samoa Airways set for Auckland to Faleolo Airport maiden flight "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Samoa Airways will make her international debut to Auckland from Faleolo on 14 November 2017, the Minister responsible for Polynesian Airlines, Lautafi Fio Purcell, has confirmed.

The 737-800 leased from Iceland Air is schedule to arrive on Sunday 12 November with the following day set aside for the christening formalities before Samoa Airways makes her inaugural flight on Tuesday 14 November.

The aircraft has a seating capacity for 172 including 8 in the business class.

She will also have its logo painted on it when she arrives, says Lautafi.

As advertised, Samoa Airways will have six flights a week between Auckland and Faleolo and twice a week between Faleolo and Sydney, said the Minister.

We will launch our new national carrier brand with our range of meaalofa fares already on the market (with meals included) for these destinations before we advertise the regular fairs which I can safely say are more affordable compared to the fares now.

And the down the line we hope to lease or acquire a 777-Mac aircraft by 2019 to expand Samoa Airways services to other destinations such as Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia.

Lautafi says that the initial lease agreement with Iceland Air is a wet lease that includes pilots and stewards for the aircraft.

But the tentative plan is for a wet lease on the long run which will see Samoa Airways outfitting the airlines with their own pilots and supporting staff.

So far everything is falling in place as we look forward to the return of our new branded national carrier to international services as planned.


source: SAMOA OBSERVER/PACNEWSQ

01:35

Developed status a challenge: Cook Islands Finance Minister "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The graduation of Cook Islands from a developing to developed nation status next year is not fully viable given current challenges and lack of resources, says finance minister Mark Brown.

However, he says there are still options to efficiently run the country without the support of the large grants which will cease when the Cook Islands is declared a developed nation.

Based on the Cook Islands gross national income, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will officially declare the Cook Islands a developed nation in 2018.

The Cook Islands will become the first country in the Pacific, behind New Zealand and Australia, to gain this status.

But while the change is a major milestone, it involves considerable challenges, says Brown.

The Cook Islands received about $70 million in ODA (Overseas Development Assistance) grants in the 2017/18 financial year, and the change in the countrys status will mean that particular funding will no longer be available.

The criteria the OECD uses is purely based on income (gross national income), but it doesnt take into account the economies of scale that small island countries like us have to deal with in delivering services to remote islands, Brown said.

With the small numbers we have, the cost for us on a per capita basis is much, much higher. So there is still vulnerability in our country in terms of the scale of cost of doing business, but also (our) vulnerability to the effects of climate change.

Brown says funding such as climate finance which is now becoming increasingly more important, will play a vital role in the countrys development agenda.

He said rather than being a recipient of grants, as it has been over the past 50 years, the Cook Islands will have to start looking at real partnership approach, where there are mutual benefits for both sides from doing business.

This means the government will have to model its development agenda in a way that will attract investors to the Cook Islands.

The need for foreign investors, he says, will play an important role when the country graduates to developed status. The private sector and businesses will have to play a bigger role in terms of their engagement with other countries, Brown adds.

It will be a challenging time. It is also a unique and new thing for us.

This i...

01:00

Increasing global battery demand will drive higher nickel & cobalt prices, predicts Highlands Pacific MD "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

As demand for electric cars gather pace, Papua New Guineas Ramu nickel mine is perfectly placed to be a big provider of the nickel and cobalt that are essential ingredients for hi-tech batteries. Craig Lennon, Managing Director of Highlands Pacific, told the Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference in Sydney that both commodities are hot.

The Ramus nickel and cobalt mine Source: Highlands Pacific

Seventy per cent of the nickel produced in the world is used in stainless steel, but the battery market is having a huge impact on demand for both nickel and cobalt, according to Lennon, Managing Director of Highlands Pacific, which is a joint venture partner in the Ramu mine near Madang.

In the investment community at the moment, cobalt is a very hot commodity. A lot of people are out there exploring for it.

What we have with Ramu here is that were not exploring for it, were actually producing it, he told the PNG Investment Conference.

Electric cars

Highlands Pacifics Craig Lennon speaking at the Business Advantage International PNG conference

The electric vehicle revolution is happening and its happening faster than people were expecting. All the automotive players now are working on electric...

00:50

Redevelopment plan for new Panguna mine project underway "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Abandoned BCL bus

The National aka The Loggers Times | September 21, 2017

THE Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) is working to implement its staged redevelopment plan for a new Panguna mining project and further build community support.

We are actively building positive relationships and will continue to increase our presence in Central Bougainville over the coming months as we expand our community engagement activities, said Executive Manager Justin Rogers.

Rogers led a BCL community engagement team with Buka-based Bougainville Manager Ephraim Eminoni and two senior project officers where they spent four days at Arawa, Central Bougainville.

The team met local stakeholders earlier this month which coincided with the opening of two major events the national boxing championships and the 2017 Bougainville Chocolate Festival.

In addressing the opening ceremony, Rogers said;

It was a chance for us to acknowledge the important parts played by the cocoa industry and the sport of boxing in terms of fostering economic development in Bougainville and the development of people more broadly.

Boxing provides opportunities for Bougainvilleans to not only train and compete at the local level...

Thursday, 21 September

23:23

Air Niuginis special flight sells out "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The special flight by Air Niugini to Brisbane on Sunday morning for rugby league fans to watch the SP Hunters play in the Queensland Cup grand final is full.

The airline said this was because of the high demand by local fans wanting to watch the match against the Sunshine Coast Flacons live at Brisbanes Suncorp Stadium.

Air Niugini general manager commercial Dominic Kaumu said this was also due to the subsidising of the flight by National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop.

The special flight to Brisbane is fully-booked with the 90 available seats on the Fokker-100 sold out. There was a rush soon after Parkop made the commitment to subsidise the flight, Kaumu said.

People have to understand that there are limited seats available for a flight.

Because of the high demand, the airline is considering having a second special flight this weekend.

There has been an overwhelming demand from people to want to watch the SP Hunters game and we are considering ways to have some more flights to Brisbane to cater for this, he said.

Those interested can also go through Townsville and Cairns before transiting to Brisbane. Those flight options are still available as well.

We are also encouraging the public to prepare themselves before rushing to purchase tickets in terms of getting a visa in advance and also buying tickets for the grand final game itself.

There are already some cases where customers have rushed to get tickets without sorting out other necessary and important requirements for travelling..


SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS/PNG Today

23:18

PNG Hunters: PM O'Neill sends best wishes from New York "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill will be among the very few watching from New York as the PNG Hunters Game and PMs XIII strive for the best in Brisbane on Sunday and in Port Moresby tomorrow.

Mr ONeill said yesterday that he would have loved to be in Australia or in Port Moresby to watch the PNG Hunters play for victory in the Intrust Cup Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium.

But he said that he is attending one of the most important meetings in New York the UN General Assembly, where all leaders of the world are participating.

I send my wishes also on behalf of the people of PNG and we are proud of both the PNG Hunters and the PMs XIII teams, as they represent the countrys hopes and aspirations.

All we can ask is for them to do their best. I will be watching the PNG Hunters on TV during my meeting in US.

Sunday marks a most significant achievement for the PNG Hunters, for the players, coach, and officials. Playing in the Grand Final for the first time, after winning the minor premiership, is a mark of the success the PNG Hunters have achieved in a short period of time in a Queensland state-wide highly competitive competition.

This weekend is a great weekend for rugby league in Papua New Guinea.

On Saturday at the National Sports Stadium, the PNG Prime Ministers Thirteen will play the Australian Prime Ministers Thirteen in what has become an annual fixture, with a focus on healthy communities and lifestyles.

History will be made when the national womens rugby league teams of Papua New Guinea and Australia play in the curtain-raiser to the Prime Ministers match.

We wish both the Prime Ministers Thirteen and our national womens team every success on Saturday.

On the Sunday game in Brisbane, Mr ONeill said the coaches, players, officials, and sponsors had achieved great success this season and he was confident that would culminate in the Hunters very first Intrust Cup premiership.

One of the success stories of the PNG Hunters has been the support the team has received from the large PNG community in Queensland, and from rugby league fans in the state generally.

I know that support will be evident on Sunday, as will be the attendance of fans who are travelling from PNG to Brisbane for the game.

We wish you a safe game, and a truly historic vi...

23:01

PNG Government welcomes US decision to take 54 asylum seekers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Government has welcomed the approval by the United States to resettle some refugees from Manus, and hopes more cases are resolved before the closure of the centre next month.

A United States Department official confirmed that a first group of 54 refugees had been approved and would travel to the US in the coming weeks, and more should be resettled in the coming months. An agreement was struck last year with the Obama administration.

The Manus regional processing centre will be closed on Oct 31 in compliance with a PNG Supreme Court ruling last year that the detention of asylum seekers on the island was in breach of the PNG constitution.

A PNG Government spokesman told The National that the process involving the settlement of refugees in the US had been underway for some time.

In broader terms, we (Government) look forward to seeing other individual asylum-seeker cases advanced, particularly ahead of the closure of the Manus regional processing centre, he said.

Ultimately, the intent of the Manus centre was to do our part to put an end to people smuggling in the Asia-Pacific region.

Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani currently held at the Manus centre welcomed the US government decision.

Boochani called on the US and Australia to specify a time frame for sending people to America.

Their (Australias) plan is to close Manus detention centre by the end of October and until now, they could not because the refugees have resisted and refused to leave the detention centre and go to East Lorengau, Boochani said.

There are 730 refugees on Manus and 1053 on Nauru at the end of August, according to the Australian government.

Many of the refugees have been on Manus since 2012 after PNG and the Kevin Rudd-led Labor government signed an agreement to process their cases at the Manus centre.

Meanwhile, PNG Police want to take over the Manus refugee centre when it closes next month, according to Police Commissioner Gari Baki.

He said he wants to set up a New Guinea Islands regional police training centre there.

Baki said the police needed more officers in view of the increasing population and to avoid situations where officers were outnumbered in violent situations.

That is why the constabulary will bid for the East Lorengau ref...

22:00

Foreign exchange restrictions in PNG: costs and remedies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Three years after their introduction in mid-2014, foreign exchange (FX) restrictions continue to be in place as at July 2017. Unofficial ballpark estimates of excess demand range between US$300 million to 1 billion.

In a 2017 Business Advantage survey of CEOs, 60% nominated access to foreign exchange as the major obstacle, more than double any other challenge. Interviews with businesses reveal that they have to spend significantly more time on finding FX and managing the credit situation with their overseas suppliers. This increases their administrative costs, which are likely passed on to the consumers. In addition, firms are piling up dollarized debt when there is depreciating pressure on the kina.

The excess demand for foreign currency has led to a substantial delay in the processing time of FX-orders, which is now reported to be between 6 and 16 weeks. The processing duration is a function of fluctuating FX availability and the priority of an order, which the Bank of PNG (BPNG) sets at its own discretion. The general pattern is that imports of basic food (especially rice) and fuel are favoured over other consumer goods, or raw materials for construction. Dividends and repatriation are near the bottom of BPNGs priority list, and the majority of such orders do not get processed at all.

To grasp the severity of the situation, and the extent of import-compression, consider the share of imports to GDP. From 1980, the value of imports tends to hover around 50 per cent of GDP, but over the past two years imports have collapsed to 15 per cent of GDP, with the start of the sharp fall coinciding with the imposition of the FX-restrictions in 2014. This decline in imports is far greater than the one experienced in 1994 when PNG underwent a currency crisis. The argument could be made that the decrease in imports could be overstated due to the LNG project, which provided a substantial boost to GDP, with no commensurate increase in the demand for imports. However, imports as a share of non-resource GDP (that is, GDP excluding the mining and oil/gas sectors) have also collapsed to 23 per cent.

Imports as a percentage of GDP and non-resource GDP

...

22:00

The issues stifling PNG literature: shame, division & segregation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

RASHMII AMOAH BELL 

Not being believed (Hanna Barczyk)
Hanna Barczyk illustration for Amber Tamblyns, Im Done With Not Being Believed, New York Times, 16 September 2017

BRISBANE Hilary Clinton is finally expressing some righteous anger: Why does that make everyone else so mad? is the title of an op-ed piece capturing the often hostile reaction to the recent release of Hilary Clintons post-election memoir What Happened.

The articles author, Rebecca Traister, opens by referring to Clintons speech to the 2017 graduating class of Wellesley College, the Massachusetts liberal arts college for women established in 1870 and Clintons alma mater.

Wellesley was also the setting of the 2003 film, Mona Lisa Smile, in which a star-studded cast of Hollywoods leading women deliver an important message about the life choices women should have the right to determine irrespective of peer, family and societal pressures.

In the movie, the brilliant, unattached and ambitious teacher Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) is told by her equally brilliant andambitious student Joan (Julia Stiles) that being married and a primary caregiver is more important than applying to Yale Law School.

Fast forward to Wellesley College, 2017.

Dont be afraid of your ambition, your dreams or even your anger Clinton urges graduands.

Ambition. Dreams. Two words I explored when I chaired the My Walk to Equality session at the recent Brisbane Writers Festival.

I sought the panels view on prevailing Papua New Guinean male attitudes towards women of our generation having equal access to education, career building - and ambition.

Film maker and poet Vanessa Gordon identified a key factor stalling the ability of Papua New Guinean women to amplify their voices.

Shame.

...

21:30

Fortnightly links: Rohingya crisis, PNG independence, blockchain technology and more "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

A new report from ODI traces the history and impact of the results agenda within the UKs Department for International Development.

To mark PNG independence day Paul Flanagan has a blog post tracking the countrys post-independence development trends.

With the Rohingya crisis worsening, here is an explainer on the situation (including photos).

Cuts to funding global health will have devastating effects, according to a Gates Foundation report.

In a strong message to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week, Oxfam welcomed refugees into President Trumps childhood home.

Blockchain technology, a shared digital ledger system, could transform international aid. The United Nations World Food Program is using it to bring efficiency to refugee camps, saving 98 per cent of money-management costs, as this article explains.

The post Fortnightly links: Rohingya crisis, PNG independence, blockchain technology and more appeared first on Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre.

21:00

Outrageous junket triggers strong criticism of central bank "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mekere Morauta
Sir Mek - unhappy with central bank governor Bakani

SIR MEKERE MORAUTA

PORT MORESBY - The current trip by the board of the Bank of Papua New Guinea to the Federated States of Micronesia is an outrage.

I cannot understand why the board could not meet in Port Moresby to save money at a time when the government and country has severe cash flow problems and a shortage of foreign exchange.

Can governor Loi Bakani tell us how much this trip is costing the bank? How much is it costing for the entire board of eight members, assistant governors, board secretary and other support staff to travel to and stay in Micronesia?

It is an insult to all the individuals and businesses owed money by the government to see the Bank of Papua New Guinea wasting it in this manner. 

It is a particular insult to all the individuals and businesses who have been waiting months for their offshore bills to be processed by commercial banks to see the Bank of Papua New Guinea board and staff junketing around the Pacific.

How can the governor justify not releasing foreign currency to commercial banks for their customers when he is happy to waste foreign exchange on travel allowances and hotels in Micronesia?

What is in the Federated States of Micronesia for BPNG board members to learn about? They have no central bank of their own. They have no currency of their own they use US dollars.

Central bank governor Bakani clearly has no sense of what is appropriate.

This inappropriate behaviour comes on top of the scandal of the theft and recirculation of disused bank notes and Mr Bakanis outrageous statements during the election campaign telling candidates not to discuss issues concerning the economy or government finances as such issues were of no importance to the electorate.

No doubt he thinks his junketing around the world is also of no interest or importance to the people of Papua New Guinea, but he is wrong.

The man is clearly not fit to be the governor of the central bank.  I wonder how the prime minister and the treasurer...

20:00

Heaps of people from PNG to see Hunters, says Justin Olam "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sunshine Coast Falcons centre Justin Olam (Warren Lynam)
Justin Olam in full flight for the Sunshine Coast Falcons

TOM THREADINGHAM | Sunshine Coast Daily

MAROOCHYDORE -: Although Sunshine Coast Falcon Justin Olam says he is proud of his fellow PNG Hunters countrymen for achieving a spot in the final, come kick-off there will be no love lost.

Olam played for the Hunters last year and before that he was part of Lae Snax Tigers.

The centre expects a tough clash in Sunday afternoons Intrust Super Cup grand final in Brisbane, but said there was no rivalry or ill-will between the Hunters and himself.

"It's a bit different and I've never played against my (old) team like that in such big games but I'm a Falcon so I'll give my best for the Falcons, he said.

"It's just a game, its not about rivalry or whatever.

"I think they are going to play hard to win the game and we will play hard to win the game and that's it.

Olam believed there would be plenty of PNG support in the stands but they wouldn't be cheering for him.

"I don't really expect them to support me, but I know my family back home in PNG will support me, so I'll play for them, Olam said.

Regardless of which side the supporters cheer, he said there was sure to be a good atmosphere.

"I think there is going to be heaps coming all the way from PNG and it will be massive, he said.

"There are heaps of PNG people in Queensland also.

The 23-year-old was confident the Falcons had the talent and determination to topple the Hunters, and believed it didn't need to change the strategy.

"I think we just need to play our game as usual, he said.

"Our game has brought us this far so we don't need to do anything new, just stick to our game plan we've had throughout the year.

Although Olam will be fighting tooth and nail for the Falcons to attain season silverware, he was happy that PNG Hunters are in the race too.

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19:21

Joint statement at UN 36th session Human Rights Council by Vivat International "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Joint Oral Statement at the 36th regular session of the Human Right Council

Item 4: General Debate human rights situations that require the Councils attention.

September 19, 2017 Delivered by: Andrzej Owca

Mr. President

VIVAT International, Franciscans International, International Coalition for Papua and Westpapua Netzwerk would like to draw the Councils attention to the human rights situation in West Papua, Indonesia, in particular regarding the cases of extra-judicial killings of the indigenous Papuans.

Information coming out of West Papua, since many years, has been of great concern to us. We have documented numerous cases throughout the past years, in which the behavior of the security force members has intensified the conflict escalations and resulted in the unnecessary use of fire arms.

The majority of cases of extra-judicial kilings in West Papua reveals that the victims are indigenous Papuans, including minors. This shows that the indigenous population is more likely at risk of becoming victims of state violence. Often they suffer from racial discriminative prejudices amongst Indonesian security forces in West Papua and being accused of supporting groups of separatists.

We would like to mention a few examples. Cases from Timika, Paniai and Sugapa reaffirm that the promises made at national and international level by state agencies and law enforcement bodies to address such cases and hold perpetrators accountable have not been fulfilled.

The last reported case took place on August 1st this year in Oneibo Village, Deiyai Regency of Papua Province where one indigenous Papuan was allegedly killed by the Indonesian Police Special Forces and ten others were seriously injured by bullets, among them five minors.

Therefore, we recommend that the Government of Indonesia:

  1. Engage on the request for a political dialogue between the conflict parties on the basis of mutual trust with the people of Papua for the long-term settlement of the conflict and violence in West Papua.
  1. Address the cases of extrajudicial killings of indigenous Papuans without delay and uphold transparency in the justice system to keep accountable the perpetrators of such crimes.
  1. Invite the UN Special Rapporteur on the Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution to make a country visit to Indonesia including West Papua.

Thank you, Mr. President

Cosponsored by:

  1. Franciscans International (FI)
  2. International Coalitien for Papua (ICP)
  3. Westpapua Netzwerk (WPN)...

13:30

Papua New Guinea journalist bound for the United States on a U.S. Embassy program "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea journalist bound for the United States on a U.S. Embassy program
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby has selected Meriba Tulo from Papua New Guinea to participate in the United States Department of States International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) titled, The Role of Journalism in a Democratic Society. Mr. Tulo is a senior reporter and anchor at EM TV, one of four television networks in the country.

As a young journalist working at the countrys oldest television network, Mr. Tulo is aware of the changing media landscapes in Papua New Guinea with the advent of social media being accepted more and more as a source of news.
I am very excited about this program and looking forward to sharing and learning best practices from other participants from around the world, and bringing home some of these practices back to my workplace, said Mr. Tulo.
During Mr. Tulos program, September 25 to October 13, he will visit Washington D.C., New York, Iowa City, Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. The program will focus on the U.S. system of government, investigative journalism, and journalism education and training. It will also feature a panel discussion on new journalism models such as community engagement and new business models for reporting. Follow the Embassy Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/usembassyportmoresby/ for updates on Mr. Tulos trip.
The IVLP is the U.S. Department of States premier professional exchange program that aims to provide firsthand knowledge about U.S. society, culture and politics, while cultivating lasting relationships. By connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts, IVLP fosters lasting relationships and helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world.

12:56

Australia PM's XIII Teams arrive in Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

For the first time the PMs XIIIs match will see a double header of matches to be played by both PNG and Australias men and womens side on Saturday.
Australian PMs XIII coach Mal Meninga said this is an extra-ordinary step forward and they have been working very hard behind the scenes with the Australian PMs XIII womans side who will be playing with PNG womans side for the first ever-international match.
Meninga said that this will be a real momentous time for rugby league in general adding that it will be a great spectacle.
Also this afternoon the visiting Australian PMs XIII side and the Womens rugby league World Champions Jillaroos arrived at the Jacksons International Airport for their match on Saturday.
PNG Rugby Football League Chief Executive Officer Reatau Rau was at the reception to receive the visiting teams. Fans gathered at the International Terminal car park to cheer for their NRL Stars as they drove out. PNGFM / PNG Today

12:34

PNG and Australia PM's Departments sign MOU on Institutional Strengthening "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Department of Prime Minister & National Executive Council of Papua New Guinea and the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet yesterday (20/09/17) signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning technical cooperation and institutional partnership.

Chief Secretary to Government, Isaac Lupari said the MOU will:
1. Pave the way for institutional link and strengthening between the two Departments under the current Department treaty between the two countries;
2. Provides for institutional strengthening in the areas of Public Service Reforms, Whole-of-Government process, and monitoring and coordination of government policies and decisions; and
3. Integral part of this understanding is to twine arrangement for officers from PM& NEC to undergo joint training and skill building.

Mr Lupari said the MOU is set to recognize the importance that both governments place on strong institutional links between PNG and Australia and expanding the existing people to people links between the two countries.
It recognizes the shared role of both Departments in providing quality advice to their respective governments and in supporting the coordinated development and implementation of government policies, the Chief Secretary said.

Mr Lupari said the working relationship and cooperation between the two institutions will be based on mutual understanding, respect, responsibility, transparency and accountability whilst having regard to their capacity and resources for improved development outcomes with full participation from both participants.

12:27

PNG Agriculture Mininister to launch Trukai's State-of-the-art Hulling Mill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rice Hulling Mill. Photo by Trukai Industries/supplied 
Minister for Agriculture and Livestock and Member for Unaggi- Bena Hon Benny Allen will be guest of honour when he inaugurates Trukai Industries new hulling mill at its main operations base in Mataram Street, Lae this Monday (25th September).

The state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in PNG and has a maximum production capacity of 240 ton per week. It becomes the vital final component that establishes a 100% fully integrated process for domestic rice production in PNG.

The large scale vertical integration process the mill enables means that for the first time, there will be an end-to-end solution for domestic production of rice in Papua New Guinea.

Trukai is the only rice company with the capability to process locally gown rice, and this mill completes the value chain that involves seed and site research, planting, growing, harvesting, milling, packing and distributing domestically grown rice.

Hon Mr Allen will be joined by other government representatives and a representative from Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative for the ceremony. Other dignitaries to attend the inauguration will include Trukai Chairman Mr Mark Robertson.

Following opening addresses Hon.Mr Allen will have the honour of cutting the ceremonial ribbon to open the mill. Trukai Industries will then switch on the mill and the rice used in its initial run will be 130 tons of rice grown in its trial crop at Chingwam. The crop was harvested in April/May this year with the cooperation of the Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative.

The rice hulling mill was purchased from Vietnam and is the first of its kind for PNG. Trukai Industries is proud to be taking the lead with its introduction.

Trukai has invested heavily in the development of a domestic rice industry to date, with the mill representing a further expenditure of over K620, 000.

It will provide the capability to process locally grown rice initially grown in the Markham Valley, as part of Trukai Industries Markham Valley Rice Corridor Plan. The plan incorporates rain fed...

12:19

PAPUA NEW GUINEA MENS NATIONAL TEAM SET TO CHALLENGE FILIPINO BASKETBALL LEAGUES FINEST "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - As part of preparations for the upcoming FIBA Melanesia
Basketball Cup, the PepsiPNG Mens National Basketball Team will face an international All-Star line-up
comprised of the best players from the Filipino Association of PNG (FAPNG) Basketball League.
The two-sides will meet at 7:30pm this Sunday evening at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).
The idea for the exhibition match-up came about following a meeting between Basketball Federation of
Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) President Mr. Nick Daroa, FAPNG Madam President Ms. Cathy Madrid
and PepsiPNG Mens National Team Assistant Coach Mr. Ferdinand Daroya.
The trio agreed that the event would be a tremendous showcase, one that if successfully delivered on
Sunday, has the ability to become an annual event on the BFPNG basketball calendar.
BFPNG President Mr. Nick Daroa acknowledged the game as being a positive lead-up contest for PNG.
Both of our PepsiPNG national teams need pre-tournament games leading into the Melanesia Cup and
this matchup with the FAPNG All Stars gives our mens side a real high-quality hit out, Mr. Daroa said.
When you combine the premier FAPNG players together on one team, it creates a very formidable side.

Their squad will resemble a similar size and standard to that of a top pacific hoops nation and the game is going to be great entertainment for fans. It will certainly be one of the best basketball showdowns that we have seen in Port Moresby since the 2015 Pacific Games and we are grateful to FAPNG for accepting the invitation to participate, Daroa added. The FAPNG Basketball All Stars will be coached by Eddie Salazar and their line-up includes a number of players who possess professional PBL experience. Following the game there will be trophy presentations sponsored by Rainbow Travel. Admission to the game is free for all spectators, with the TAIC doors opening at 6pm. The 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup presented by Paradise Beverages, commences on Wednesday, September 27 at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC). For more information, please contact BFPNG Chief Executive Officer Joel Khalu on khalujoel@gmail.com FAPNG BASKETBALL ALL STARS Player Number Player Name FAPNG Team #3 Mark Palisoc Wel Builders #4 Ian Trinidad Wel Builders #5 Ezekiel Echane Rain or Shine Paints #9 Orlando...

12:15

TEAMMATES COLLIDE IN RED VS GOLD INTER-SQUAD BASKETBALL CHALLENGE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Betty Angula (Left) and Rosa Kairi (Right) are ready for their inter-squad game this Sunday. Picture: Matthew Adekponya
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - In one of their final hit-outs before the FIBA Melanesia
Basketball Cup gets underway, the PepsiPNG Womens National Basketball Team will split into Red
and Gold teams, which will do battle in an inter-squad exhibition game on Sunday.
The two-sides will face-off at 6:30pm at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).
PepsiPNG Womens National Team Head Coach Moi Muri said it was a good chance for his team to
fine-tune leading into next weeks international tournament.
Our girls have been working very hard in training but need some extra match fitness to make sure we are
ready, Coach Muri said.


This game will be six versus six, so it will really test the players fitness levels.
We also hope a big crowd will come along to TAIC and watch the players in their national team uniforms
for the first time.
It will be a good opportunity for basketball fans to see the ladies in action before we hit the court next
Wednesday for our first game against Fiji.
Admission to the inter-squad game is free for all spectators, with the TAIC doors opening at 6pm.
The 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup presented by Paradise Beverages, commences on
Wednesday, September 27 at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).

12:03

Psychiatry Ignores an Elephant in the Room "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Large cohort studies of people with a first-episode psychosis provide a unique opportunity for finding out why so many young people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders die at a young age. However, it seems that those psychiatrists who have access to the mortality data generally do not want the facts to come out. In published cohort studies, there is virtually always too little information or no information at all about the causes of death.

In 2012, Hegelstad et al. published 10-year follow-up data for 281 patients with a first-episode psychosis (the TIPS study). 1 Although their average age at entry into the study was only 29 years, 49 patients (17%) had died in less than 10 years. The authors detailed article was about recovery and symptom scores and they took no interest in all these deaths, which appeared in a flowchart of patients lost to follow-up and were not commented upon anywhere in their paper. In the text, however, they mentioned only 28 deaths (11%), so it is difficult to know how many died.

On March 5th 2017, I wrote to the first author: In your interesting study from 2012, Long-Term Follow-Up of the TIPS Early Detection in Psychosis Study: Effects on 10-Year Outcome, 28 patients died of 281. Do you have the causes of death, which would be very interesting to know about? I noticed that most patients were still on antipsychotics 10 years after they started (table 2). I consider this very frightening, e.g. around half of them will have tardive dyskinesia (which is often masked by ongoing treatment) and many, if not all, will have developed permanent brain damage at this point, to mention just two of the important harms of long-term treatment. In contrast, only 17% of patients in Lappland were still on antipsychotics 5 years after their first episode (compared to 75% in Stockholm).

I sent a reminder ten days later and was told I would get an answer shortly. On May 10th, I wrote again: It is now another two months. You did an important study and it is important for the world to know what 10% of your very young patients died from in just 10 years. It is a frightening death rate. Do we need to file a Freedom of Information request to get this information?

Hegelstad replied that, We are preparing a manuscript detailing the information you are asking for. It will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. When published the information will be readily available to all.

The preparation of the manuscript and its publication were very fast. Already in June, the paper was out, in World Psychiatry.2 With this record speed, I wondered what the peer r...

11:52

Solomon Islands Police confiscates marijuana and kwaso in West Honiara "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A combined team of police officers  from White River and Honiara Central Police stations  yesterday (Wednesday 20 September) confiscated marijuana  and the illegal local brew kwaso at Karaina roadside and Savo heights, at White River in West Honiara.

The raid was in response to information supplied by the public alleging the selling of marijuana and kwaso alongside the road.
Three males have been arrested by police in relation to the confiscated items and the trio are expected to be interviewed today.
Officer Commanding White River Police Station, Inspector Walter Manefakale says, I am pleased with the outcome and cooperation of the public by supplying the information which led to the raid. I urge more members of the communities to provide information to police to ensure those who continue selling and brewing of kwaso and as well as the dangerous drug, marijuana are brought to face justice.
I want to remind the public and communities, that its unlawful to grow, use, sell and possess marijuana, while its illegal to brew kwaso and sell without approval from the Minister concern," says Commander Manefakale.

11:48

Rabbitohs re-sign John Sutton for the 2018 Season "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are delighted to announce the re-signing of local junior John Sutton for the 2018 season,
giving him the opportunity to become the first player in the Clubs history to play 300 first grade games in what will be his 15th season playing in the NRL.

Sutton is a three-time George Piggins Medallist as the player of the year at South Sydney (2009, 2012-13), has played
more first grade games (282) and more grade games (310) than any other player in the Rabbitohs 109-year history,
has represented City Origin on two occasions and the Australian Prime Ministers XIII once; however the greatest
accomplishment of his career so far is leading the Rabbitohs as captain to the 2014 premiership, the Clubs 21st title.
A Kensington United junior, Sutton is already regarded as a modern day legend of the Club, and Rabbitohs Head
Coach Anthony Seibold says Suttons retention is invaluable to the squad.
John is a leader amongst our group, hes played more games than anyone in our jersey which shows his loyalty to the
Club, and those attributes are priceless to our squad, Coach Seibold said.
The experience he brings is instrumental to players like Cameron Murray, Zane Musgrove, Angus Crichton, Tyrell
Fuimaono, Campbell Graham, Braidon Burns and Siosifa Talakai, amongst others.
He brings a fantastic skill set, his knowledge of the game is deep and thorough, and physically hes a big body.
He adds depth to the back row for us alongside guys like Sam Burgess, Angus, Tyrell, Cam, Dean Britt and Sifa, but
most importantly the leadership and experience he brings at the NRL level is irreplaceable.
Rabbitohs General Manager of Football Shane Richardson paid tribute to Sutton and looks forward to him making a
valuable contribution to the Club in 2018.
John is a key member of our leadership group and has been for some time, Mr Richardson said.
He is our longest serving player, he has led the Club to a premiership, hes played more games than anyone else in the
history of this Club, and he is a fantastic mentor for the young players in our squad.
He knows what it takes to win and hes prepared to lead the way in his preparation for games and the way that he puts
every effort into every performance on the field for Souths in any role the coaching staff requires.
He is a South Sydney man from a wonde...

11:45

Worlds biggest butterfly given lifeline by new captive breeding initiative "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The world largest butterfly, the Queen Alexandra Birdwing, will be the first to benefit from a new conservation model set to give a lifeline to its declining population.

If proved successful the model will be adapted to other species, in Papua New Guinea (the most important country in the world for conservation action for swallowtails and birdwings butterflies) and beyond.

The Queen Alexandra Birdwing is endemic to Papua New Guinea and endangered by the encroachments made by the palm oil industry to its natural habitat. The new project entails a state-of-the-art captive breeding and release programme - a first for the species - and will involve the local community; this combination will increase the number of butterflies in the wild while also insuring the long-term sustainability of the conservation effort.

Dr Mark Collins, former co-author of the IUCN Red Data Books on Invertebrates and Swallowtail butterflies, recipient of the 2000 Royal Geographical Society Busk Medal and chairman of the Swallowtail and Birdwing Butterfly Trust, has worked closely with senior industry figures in the palm oil industry to develop this conservation project.

11:40

Solomon Islands Police arrested 18 year old girl for allegedly concealing her infant baby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Henderson Provincial Police of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) arrested an 18 years old girl for concealing her infant baby at Kingdom Harvest Henderson in Central Guadalcanal on 17th September 2017.

The infant baby was then taken by Police to Honiara National Referring Hospital (NRH) and declared dead.

The mother of the deceased was arrested and place in police custody for questioning and further investigation.  

Provincial Police Commander Mr Nixon Manetoga said, I call on to every concern person, community, family and church leaders to work together with the police to assist in preventing similar incidents to happen in the future.

I am deeply saddened when briefed by my officers about the poor infant discovery, as there was another similar incident at Guadalcanal plains, GPPOL II area last week and my condolence to other relatives of baby, added PPC Manetoga.


07:10

Boosting PNGs transport department "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Loop PNG

21 September 2017

A partnership arrangement has been signed to further boost the effectiveness of the Transport Department.

 

The new Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Westly Nukundj, and Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor, Benedict David, today signed the deal.

 

The two-year partnership arrangement between Papua New Guinea and Australia to November 2019 will support the Department to deliver more effectively on its mandate to improve transport connectivity for all Papua New Guineans. 

 

This partnership with Australia will help the Department to meet the emerging needs of the transport sector, says the Minister.

 

This support is crucial to delivering the goals set out in our corporate plan. This comprehensive program of support will assist us across the maritime, aviation and land transport sectors.

 

A more effective Department will be able to better connect communities and support economic development.

 

The arrangement provides critical support to the development of Papua New Guineas next Medium Term Transport Plan, which will set out how best to ensure sustainable investment in the sector.

 

The arrangement will assist Papua New Guineas preparations for APEC 2018, seek to optimise sectoral funding arrangements and support ongoing institutional reforms, legislative drafting, budget preparation, and reporting and policy development. It will also aim to boost cap...

06:34

Pruaitch welcomes Oil Search decision "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By: Freddy Mou via Loop PNG.

21st September 2017.

 

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch has welcomed the decision by Oil Search to discuss the future sale of domestic crude oil to the Napa Napa refinery in Kina, rather than US dollars.

 

Pruaitch says he stood by his earlier statement that it is in the national interest for locally produced resources such as crude oil, copper, gold, fishery and forest products, to be sold to local purchasers in PNGs national currency, the Kina.

 

 

Pruaitch believes it is an infringement of our sovereignty for lenders, or any other entity, to insist that domestic resources have to be paid for in US dollars or other foreign currencies, even when sold to PNG buyers.

 

Such arrangements add to the cost of doing business and hamper efforts to encourage domestic processing.

 

If it is true that lenders to Oil Search or the PNG LNG Project made this a requirement of their loan, the government of the day should disallow this practice in future.

 

Pruaitch says he was not convinced by the Oil Search assertion that LNG project lenders had a loan condition that gas and condensate sold by the project must be priced in US dollars.

 

I am fairly sure PNG Power is not paying in US dollars for gas used by ExxonMobil to generate electricity for Port Moresby. This should also not be the case for gas-fired power from Hides that Oil Search sells to the Porgera gold mine.

 

He states under the 100-Day Plan announced by PNG Treasurer Charles Abel, it was disclosed that discussions are underway for Puma Energy, o...

04:55

K4 Billion Spent On Food Imports Annually "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post Courier

 

09:00AM 

 

PNG continues to spend K4 billion in food imports each year announced Minister for National Planning & Monitoring and Member for Yangoru-Saussi Richard Maru recently.

 

 

But it doesnt have to be that way. The Government will focus on replacing food imports from here onwards and the Sepik Plains is high on our list of priorities, said Maru.

 

 

Maru said this after a recent visit to the Sepik plains with Israeli investors set to develop East Sepik through an Innovative Agro-Industry. The Innovative Agro Industry will develop an egg-laying farm, broiler meat farm, and grain production. The developer will also establish a modern cocoa plantation using Israeli technology that will produce 400 to 500 percent more yield than an average cocoa plantation.

 

 

CEO of the PNG Cocoa Board, Mr. Kautu Boutua, said with the partnership of Innovative Agro-Industry, the Board is keen to see a different result with the new technology and a new way of approaching agriculture development.

 

 

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04:34

A Tsunami of Earthquakes Striking Globally "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Grace-285H Significant Earthquakes Strike Vanuatu, PNG, Japan Region Significant and Notable Earthquakes Strike Vanuatu, PNG, Japan Region. Vanuatu Magnitude: 6.4 mww   Location: 18.798S, 169.095E [85km NNW of Isangel, Vanuatu] Depth: 200.2 km Time: 2017-09-20 20:09:49 (UTC) Papua New Guinea (PNG) M 5.9 165km N of Finschhafen, PNG   Location: 5.110S 147.834E Depth: 10.0 km Time: []

04:28

US Government to move out Refugees: Whats the Deal? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Several dozen people on Manus Island and Nauru look set to be told by the US Government that they will be moved to the United States as part of the US resettlement deal, and it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow or what the plan is for the Australian Government regarding those left behind.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, has visited Manus Island three times to inspect conditions and to meet with the men held there. He joined us today via phone call to tell us more

Play Interview with Daniel Webb 21st September 2017

01:39

Ongoing unrest affecting Porgera mine operations "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The National aka The Loggers Times | September 20, 2017

PORGERA mine operations have been disrupted by the ongoing unrest and roadblocks, according to mine operator Barrick Niugini Limited.

Executive managing director Richmond Fenn said it had significantly impacted communities and businesses in the district.

The unrest and violence we have seen in recent weeks, combined with frequent road closures on the Highlands Highway, not only impact operations at the Porgera mine, but also prevent the movement of people and goods to and from the region, Fenn said.

We hope that the situation improves soon, and we are working to assist the government and community leaders in bringing about lasting peace in the area.

The two-week closure of the Wabag-Porgera road was lifted yesterday but a truck belonging to iPi Transport was torched soon after.

iPi Transport general manager Maso Mangape told The National that the roadblock was set up by relatives of a boy alleged to have been killed by the security forces last month.

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01:36

No Cut To DSIP, PSIP "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post- Courier 

 

September 21, 2017 

 

 There will be no cuts to province and district services (provincial services improvement program and district services improvement program) funds, says Prime Minister Peter ONeill.

 
He said in a statement yesterday that 2017 was almost over therefore Governors and Members of Parliament will receive only K2 million each, two months of their PSIP and DSIP funds this year.

 
Mr ONeill, who is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, expressed confidence that the Supplementary Budget will be tabled when Parliament meets, starting on Monday, September 26.

 
He said the supplementary budget was necessary to balance the budget due to the adjustments in revenue collection, and more importantly, to reprioritise expenditure to focus on the key development agenda.

 
The 2017 Budget plan was based on commodity prices for our exports together with revenue generation, the Prime Minister said.

 
We are still in a challenging global economic environment with a slow rebound in commodity prices, and this places pressure on expenditure.

 
We will continue to adjust and reprioritise expenditure to ensure that we protect and build on the gains we have achieved in the past five years in healthcare, education, infrastructure, law and order and empowerment of our people.

 
The continued investments in these areas is vital to our long-term development and improving the lives of our people.

 
The Prime Minister said the devolution of authority to provinces and districts continues to be a core priority for the National Government.

 
Our DSIPs and PSIPs are vital to achieving our development objective right around the country, he said.

 
For th...

01:01

PNG FACES A TOUGH ROAD AHEAD "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by PAUL FLANAGAN

The press release from the latest mission of the worlds International Monetary Fund (IMF) see here highlights the difficult road ahead for PNG in dealing with recent years of bad luck and economic mismanagement.

Challenges

On the fiscal front, the IMF considers that the government will fail in the Supplementary Budget to bring the 2017 budget deficit back to the target of 2.5% of GDP. Rather, it estimates the deficit will be a little over 3% so a gap of some K370 million relative to the 100-day target.

The goal to reduce the debt to GDP ratio back to the legislated level of 30% as part of the 2017 Supplementary Budget is also recognized as infeasible. Instead, the suggestion is a medium-term objective of moving to a balanced budget by 2020 (and GDP growth will work to reduce the ratio).

So the first two targets in new Treasurer Abels 100-day plan are likely to fail.

Expected growth is also wound back from the 2.7% estimate in 2017 down to 2.4%.

Positive processes

Despite these negatives, my overall reaction to the IMF report is a very positive one.

First, as the government would have had to approve the IMF post-mission press release, it indicates a very different attitude than the attempts to suppress the 2016 report see here and here.  PNGs behavior ten months ago placed PNG towards the bottom of all countries and ensured it had little chance of issuing a Sovereign Bond. The release is a very positive step towards transparency.

Second, the IMF Article IV report comes out at a very similar time to another report from an IMF tax reform mission. PNG appears to be engaging positively with the international community.

Third, indications are that the consultation process in these missions was positive and wide-ranging. There is feedback that Treasurer Abel also worked to ensure a very broad-based approach towards the preparation of the 100-day plan. Broad and constructive engagement makes for better...

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