Posted by Niugini Nius | November 22, 2014 | Posted in , ,

Works and Implementation Minister, Francis Awesa, has been referred by the Ombudsmen Commission to the Public Prosecutor, yesterday (Friday, 21-11-14.).
This is for alleged breaches under the Leadership Code.
Mr Awesa also the member for Imbongu was investigated by the Ombudsmen Commission for allegations of misconduct in office.
The O-C say this arises from his failure to uphold his duties and responsibilities of office as required under Section 27 of the Constitution and the Organic Law on Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership.
They didn't specify the allegations made against Mr Awesa, however, he was made known by the O-C through a letter last Tuesday of their intention to refer the matter to the Public Prosecutor Pondros Kaluwin.
The O-C is satisfied there is a prima-facie or strong case for the member to answer.
Mr Kaluwin will independently assess evidence presented to him and request the Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, to appoint a Leadership Tribunal if he's satisfied.
Recently, a tribunal was asked to be set up for Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and Manus M-P Ronny Knight.
A hearing was conducted this week into the allegations against Knight, whilst a tribunal is yet to be appointed for Mr O'Neill.
Mr Knight's tribunal was adjourned on Wednesday, in Port Moresby and will continue in Manus on December 2.


Posted by Niugini Nius | November 21, 2014 | Posted in , ,

Papua New Guinea must make decisions based on free fundamental principles, to preserve and conserve its vast natural resources.
Northern Governor, Gary Juffa said, the decisions made today will determine the future of the country's children.
Juffa expressed this, citing foreign influx as a threat to P-N-G's environment and natural resources.
He said, the country has the largest landmass in the Pacific Region, making up about one-fifth of the World's surface area and has every right to make responsible decisions.
Juffa further urges Pacific Island nations, to join hands in enacting laws that can harness the concept of preserving resources.

Pato shares PNG perspective with G20 Ministers

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SPEAKING at the recent Dinner for Foreign Ministers of G20 Nations, Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Minister,. Rimbink Pato, presented the nation’s perspective on a number global economic engagement issues affecting Pacific Island States.

As part of his intervention, he proposed a more effective means for communication and the sharing of information between G20 states and developing nations.

The Foreign Minister Pato attended the G20 Foreign Ministers’ dinner at the invitation of Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop .

“In discussion with Foreign Minister counterparts, I elaborated on Papua New Guinea’s engagement with close regional partners to ensure collective attention on significant challenges,” the Minister said following the meeting.

“This included discussion of collaborative efforts with Papua New Guinea’s close partners Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand to combat terrorism associated with transnational crime.

“This includes the terrible issues of human trafficking and people smuggling in the Asia-Pacific.

“I further shared Papua New Guinea’s perspective on sustainable development issues relating to matters such as climate change, and preparations to deal with Ebola if it was to ever be detected in Papua New Guinea.

“It was a frank and open discussion in which I appreciated the insight provided by G20 Foreign Ministers, and I feel the Papua New Guinea and Pacific Island perspective was enlightening to my counterparts.”

Minister Pato advised that developing countries were looking to tangible outcomes from the G20 Leaders Meeting on sensitive development issues.

“Many of the economic issues to being considered by G20 Leaders have a direct impact on Papua New Guinea and developing economies in the Pacific.

“Papua New Guinea has recommended that G20 could adopt some practices from the APEC process where ministers meet and provide recommendations to Leaders.

“The proposal was well received by ministers and endorsed by Indonesia’s new Foreign Minister, Retno L.P. Marsudi.

“Papua New Guinea appreciates being invited to speak at this event for G20 ministers and sharing views that are representative of the interests and aspirations of developing economies around our Pacific region.”

Youth Healthy Lifestyle Advocate, Author, and Medical Expert to Visit Papua New Guinea

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As part of its Women’s Empowerment Speaker Series, the U.S. Embassy will host Dr. Jeri Dyson, an American medical professional who advocates for teens and young adults to raise their awareness on issues of self-esteem, reproductive health, emotional and physical violence, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Dyson will visit Papua New Guinea November 22 - 29, 2014.

Dr. Dyson will meet with a variety of youth audiences, civil society members, and health professionals to share her experience and knowledge helping to help teens and young adults lead successful lives.

Dr. Dyson is an adolescent medicine physician who specializes in sexually transmitted infections. As an advocate for teens and young adults, Dr. Dyson’s expertise is not limited to these topics but also includes obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. Her life motto "Helping Teens Become Successful in Every Area of Life" is to properly arm youth with information needed to make healthier life choices.

A dynamic lecturer for audiences of all ages, Dr. Dyson has a way of making difficult concepts simple and is highly sought after for her presentations. She speaks nationally and internationally and is the resident medical physician for Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) Rap-It-Up HIV/AIDS Campaign. She is also the featured medical expert for BET's 106 & Park 2-hour World AIDS Day Specials. She has made appearances on Trinity Broadcasting Network’s (TBN) Doctor to Doctor series. Dr. Dyson is the host of the Dr. Jeri Speaks Talk Show which highlights "HOT TEEN TOPICS" and features well-respected national guest experts. Dr. Dyson is co-founder of The Soul Sisters Mentoring Program for African American Girls. This program pairs high risk adolescent females one on one with professional African American women who have made positive impacts within their community

A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Dyson received her medical degree from Meharry  Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, then went on to complete her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. She completed a dual fellowship program in adolescent medicine and sexually transmitted diseases at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her undergraduate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Australian Scholarships Awardees set for study

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More than 150 of Papua New Guinea’s future leaders have completed preparations for an opportunity of a lifetime undertaking a scholarship for study in Australia in 2015.

The 154 Australia Awards recipients, of whom 85 were women and 69 men, gathered from across PNG for pre-departure briefings in Port Moresby this week.

Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Ms Deborah Stokes said an Australia Award represented the culmination of many years of effort, sacrifice and commitment.

“Education brings tremendous opportunities.  It opens up the range of choices we have. It is transformative,” said Ms Stokes.

“PNG needs all of its citizens educated and able to participate in the nation’s development.  In 2015, more than 50 per cent of Australia Award recipients are women, and almost 10 per cent are to people living with a disability.

“Australia Awards also provide recipients the opportunity and responsibility to show leadership in their community, their organisation, or in the political sphere. We want to support the next generation of PNG leaders,” Ms Stokes said.

Most of the group are first time recipients of Australia Awards and will be supported to return to PNG with a qualification and skills they can use to effectively contribute to furthering Papua New Guinea’s development.

Since 1996, more than 2000 Papua New Guineans have studied in Australia on scholarships.

Australia Awards promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and PNG and are part of Australia's commitment to providing education opportunities to improve living standards and stimulate economic growth.

Solomon Islands Caretaker PM unseated in major election upset

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Caretaker Solomon Islands  Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo is out.

He was unseated by new comer Jimson Fiau Tanangada in what is by far the biggest upset in the 2014 national elections.

Returning Officer Patrick Toiraina announced the results for the Gizo/Kolombangara Constituency just after 11pm last night in Gizo after a marathon ballot count.

Mr Toiraina could not disclose the winning margin, saying this will have to be relayed to the Governor General first.

However, the Solomon Star understands Mr Tanangada, a member of the United Democratic Party), polled more than 2,000 votes, with a winning margin of over 200 ballots.

Mr Lilo, who was overly optimistic of winning a fourth term in parliament before hitting the campaign trail, was not around in Gizo when the results were announced last night.

But it’s understood he was informed by his supporters.

Mr Tanangada, a secondary school teacher who holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Pacific Adventist University (PAU) in Papua New Guinea, strongly advocated for “change” during his campaign.

His final campaign on the eve of polling day at Gizo was believed to have swayed a lot of undecided voters to his side.

He was not around at Gizo when the results were pronounced last night.

Mr Lilo has been the MP for Gizo/Kolombangara since 2001. He had served three terms in parliament, including three years as prime minister in the last House.

The final bill he brought to the last parliament, before it dissolved was the Prime Minister’s (Pensions and Benefits) Bill 2014.

The bill stipulates that a former Prime Minister who has held the Office of the Prime Minister on or after the 7th of July 1978 will be paid a pension at an annual rate of 60% of the current salary payable to the incumbent.

Solomon Star

Grace 'PNG's first TV drama coming soon

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Grace is a Television Drama Series in ten parts. This first ever PNG TV Series produced in Papua New Guinea by local talent. Will be showing in cinemas next month.
TribalVoice ArtsLink, the company of McPolly Koima, initiated Grace to address and advocate for family violence and girl’s right to freedom and education.
The film was shot in Port Moresby and Simbu. The series is also edited into a 2hrs film version, which will be launched at the Paradise Cinema on the 26th November. The TV series will be broadcast on a TV station next year.
The Grace story evolves around a young girl who chases her dream to become a lawyer. During her pursuit she confronts challenges that exist in the society. Among the challenges is the male-dominated culture she lives in.
In this film, through the eyes of Grace we see all these social and family issues unfold.
The film was written, directed and produced by McPolly Koima. McPolly has also acted in a 2010 German Film 'Jungle Child' which was distributed by Universal Studios.


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