Vanuatu Government yet to receive report on status of students in PNG

Posted by PNG Today | June 29, 2016 | Posted in

Vanuatu government has not taken any decision on the fate of Vanuatu students studying at the University of Technology in Papua New Guinea following the killing of a student and arson at the campus in Lae.

Nine ni-Vanuatu students are currently studying the Unitech.

The situation there is reportedly tense but calm after police reinforcements were able to bring the weekend event under control.

The Ministry of Education has told the media it is yet to receive a report from the fact-finding-mission that went to PNG two weeks ago to assess the status of students following the riots.

It said any such report will be tabled at the Council of Ministers meeting for a decision.

Of the 20 ni-Vanuatu students in PNG, nine are studying at the UNITECH, five at the University of Papua New Guinea and six are at the Medical Faculty of PNG.

So far, only the Central Provincial Government in PNG has made a decision to repatriate 70 of its students who are studying at the Unitech, back home.

Media reports from PNG say the Unitech campus had been deserted by students in fear of their lives following the killing of a first year student from Southern Highlands on Saturday night. Loop Vanuatu

Jakarta slams Solomons and Vanuatu over human rights

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Indonesia has strongly rejected statements about West Papua by Vanuatu and Solomon Islands at the UN Human Rights Council session last week.

Delegates of the two Pacific Islands' countries accused Indonesia of failing to prevent ongoing human rights abuses against West Papuans.

But Indonesia's delegate at the session, Michael Tene, said Vanuatu and Solomon Islands' statements showed a lack of understanding of Papua.

He said they were politically motivated in support of separatist groups which incite public disorder and terrorist attacks against civilians and security personnel.

“Indonesia as a democratic country is committed to promoting and protecting human rights, including by taking necessary steps to address the allegations of human rights violations and abuses in Papua. No one is perfect. We are always open to have dialogue on human rights issues, but we reject politicisation of these issues. We deplore the way Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have abused this council and the universal principles of the promotion and protection of human rights by supporting the cause of separatism” said Tene.

Tene has described Vanuatu and Solomon Islands as being far from perfect on protection of human rights.

He said the two countries still face serious human rights problems, have rampant corruption in all segments of society and government, human trafficking, mistreatment of children and daily abuse of women.

"It would be for the betterment of their populations if the governments of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu give attention and priority to seriously address their respective own domestic human rights shortcomings."

Furthermore, Mustika Hanum, the third secretary at Indonesia's Permanent Mission, expanded on her country's concerns about domestic violence in Solomon Islands

Source:  PACNEWS

Court orders PNG Government to complete refugee process in 2 weeks

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The Waigani Supreme Court has given two weeks to lawyer representing the Department of Immigration and the lawyer representing the Residents at the Manus Asylum Processing Centre to work together in completing the first three steps of processing all the residents on the centre.

The first 3 steps include the screening process, refugee status assessment and quality assurance test for process.
Lawyer representing the Department of Immigration Laias Kandi requested that the court gives them 3 months to complete the processing of the residents; however Chief Justice Sir Salamoa Injia said the process would not take long as the initial processes have already been completed for most of the residents.

It is understood that out of the 389 residents, 242 have already gone through the first three initial processes and they are now awaiting ministerial declaration while 147 of the residents are yet to complete the first 3 stages of processing.

Sir Injia said the processing of the residents has dragged on too long and he ordered to see a report of what the court has asked for by the 15th of July when court resumes. PNGFM/PNG Today

P’nyang Gas project to boost PNG economy

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 THE P’nyang gas project in Western will represent an investment of more than US$9 billion (K28 billion), Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch says.  He said this would really help the country’s economy. 
“P’nyang represents an investment costing up to US$10 billion (K31 billion),

“This will give a tremendous boost to the Papua New Guinea economy at a time when it is under significant stress as a result of the sharp fall in commodity prices and a big drop in Government revenue. In approving P’nyang, the Government will take into consideration lessons we have learned from the development of the PNG LNG project, and be even more steadfast in ensuring positive outcomes and impacts are achieved on a local regional and national level,” he said. 

Pruaitch made the comment on Monday when announcing that Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Cabinet had approved plans to sell down 4.27 per cent of the Government equity in the PNG LNG project to a group which included landowners. He said the implications of the 4.27 per cent equity sale and the final agreement would represent a win-win situation for all parties concerned. 

“The PNG project area landowners, along with their provincial governments, would benefit from the dividend stream from the ExxonMobil-managed LNG project, while the capital injection from the equity sale would directly support the Government’s 2016 budget,” he said.
Pruaitch said he was keen to see LNG project royalties and development levies start to flow, along with settlement of the LNG equity sale, prior to any commencement of work on the P’nyang gas development at the PNG LNG project.

PNG Hunters make changes for round 17 match against Tweed Heads Seagulls

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The Papua New Guinea SP Hunters have made several changes for the round 17 match against Tweed Heads Seagulls in Brisbane. Kumul forward Timothy Lomai has been recalled into the squad while winger Justin Olam moves to the center  to replace injured co-captain Noel Zeming.

Lomai, who was out for four weeks with a thumb injury returns to the pack bolstering it with size and quality. The 24-year-old will start at lock for the game at Piggabeen Sports Oval, Tweed Heads.

Zeming, who braved playing last Sunday against Norths Devils, had been carrying the injury for over a month playing through pain and discomfort.

The Hunters have also lost Stargroth Amean for an extended period with the fullback twisting a knee at Bishop Park in Brisbane last round – he will be out for four weeks.
Winger William Aquila gets a chance to add to his three games in the Q-Cup with his last outing in Round 8 against the Burleigh Bears on the Gold Coast.
Back-rower Brandy Peter returns to the side on the bench after missing the Devils match for personal reasons. Rugby convert Butler Morris and livewire utility Gahuna Silas have been included the bench.
Marum said in Zeming’s absence Adam Korave would lead the side with five-eighth Ase Boas taking the goal-kicking duties.
“With Noel and Star out it is a major blow for us but we’ve got the players who can come in and do the job,” Marum said. “It also gives them a chance to impress us.”
In other team news, Philemon Kimisive and Nickson Borona are still recovering from knee injuries.
Borana’s run of luck with injuries has not been good with the back-rower going down minutes into his return in Round 15.
Marum stressed that the side would likely going through some changes and adjustments after medical and fitness tests today.
The team travels to Tweed Heads via Brisbane on Friday.
Hunters: 1. Bland Abavu 2. William Aquila 3. Justin Olam 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Adex Wera 6. Ase Boas 7. Watson Boas 8. Enock Maki 9. Wartovo Puara Jr 10. Esau Siune 11. Edward Goma 12. Adam Korave 13. Timothy Lomai 14. Warren Glare 15. Atte Bina Wabo 16. Brandy Peter 17. Butler Morris 18. Silas Gahuna 19. Benjamin Hetra.

PNG 's Cybercrime bill ready to be tabled

Posted by PNG Today | June 28, 2016 | Posted in

THE National Cybercrime bill is ready to be tabled in parliament. This was announced by the Minister for Communications, Information and Technology Jimmy Miringtoro in his keynote address to the 9th Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) Policy and Regulation Forum for Pacific in Port Moresby yesterday. 
Mr Miringtoro in welcoming the delegates including the APT general secretary Areewan Hoorangsi to the forum said, the bill is a number of initiatives undertaken by the PNG government in its bid to address some of the issues which the forum would also be focusing on in its discussions. He said the bill would be complemented by the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card registration, already underway in the country. Other initiatives which Mr Miringtoro had stated which the government has already embarked on include: n  
The review of the National Information Communications Technology Act of 2009-to ensure it is relevant to the changing conditions brought about by the advances in technology and market developments; n Public inquiry for the potential implementation of mobile portability in PNG; and n Establishment of a local internet exchange point (IXP) with the view to reduce the costs of internet services to Papua New Guineans. 

The Minister had also extended on behalf of the government of PNG, his appreciation to APT not just for the opportunity to host this important event but for its continued assistance. Ms Hoorangsi in her address to the participants had reaffirmed APT’s commitment and support to its member countries in the Pacific. through the forum and through development projects. “In 2005 TeleHausline pilot project was conducted in PNG. In 2008 two projects were implemented in Micronesia and Samoa, Marshall islands in 2010, Palau in 2011, 2012 in Tonga and the most recent one was the pilot project in Disaster Emergency Information dissemination in Vanuatu in 2014. “I am confident there will be more,” she had stated.

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Police intercept escaping students, three arrested over murder

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Lae Police have detained three suspects for the willful murder of 1st year Unitech student, Late Graham Romanong.

The suspects were amongst a group of students convoying in 5 buses leaving the city and travelling back home to Enga following the evacuation of students from campus. The police were alerted of this trip and intercepted the convoy at 9 mile, and escorted them back to the Lae Central Station.
“The three suspects were positively identified by Police Intelligence personnel and an eyewitness who was in the room when the young man was attacked” said Lae Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie (Jr).

Mr. Wagambie spoke to the Enga students after the three suspects were identified and detained, explaining to them that they were all brought to the station so that positive identifications could be made of the suspects and the other students could be cleared.
Mr.Wagambie urged that generalizations should not be made on all the Enga students for what had happened, as majority of them were unaware of what was going to transpire on Saturday and were not involved in the murder.
The rest of the students were escorted by police out of the city and along the high way so they could go back home.

“This is a criminal act and is being acted upon by Police” said Mr. Wagambie further adding that “Police will ensure those responsible for both the previous incident of an Enga student being slashed with a knife during a confrontation, the recent murder and arson be brought to justice.”

Concerning the previous incident involving the slashing of a student, Mr. Wagambie said the police have been working on the case since it happened; however, the process has been slow due to the lack cooperation from witnesses to provide statements so that suspects can be identified and charged.
The three detained suspects are innocent until proven guilty by the courts. The Police are calling out to witnesses of the crimes to come forward so that evidence can be compiled.
Mr. Wagambie said that the Lae Police are not affiliated to any political master and that it must be understood by the concerned groups that there is no regionalism being practiced.
“We are just doing our job to ensure perpetrators are dealt with regardless of where they are from” said Mr. Wagambie. 
Pictures: The scene at the police station.  PNGFM / PNG Today

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