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India's Prime Minister to visit Fiji

Posted by Niugini Nius | October 31, 2014 | Posted in

The Fijian government will next month host the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, His Excellency Narendra Modi on an official visit.
Upon arrival, Prime Minister Modi is expected to pay a courtesy call to His Excellency the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau after which he will meet with his Fijian counterpart Voreqe Bainimarama and other Cabinet Ministers. The meetings will provide an opportunity for both Prime Ministers to discuss bilateral issues as well as regional developments.
Amongst other visits and events, Prime Minister Modi will officiate at the unveiling of a plaque for the parliamentary library, which was donated by the Government of India, and tour the Fijian parliament.
The Indian Head of Government will be in the country on the 19th of November and will also meet with other Pacific Island leaders.

NZ chocolate factory links up with Bougainville

Posted by Niugini Nius | October 30, 2014 | Posted in

A TASTY initiative launching November 6, aims to link New Zealand and the Pacific region of Bougainville through crowd funded chocolate making.

The Wellington Chocolate Voyage is About to Set Sail, the Pacific Scoop reported this week.

The Wellington Chocolate Voyage kick starter campaign is run by Wellington chocolate makers Rochelle Harrison and Gabe Davidson and international development worker Sera Price. The Voyage will raise funds to upgrade a cocoa plantation in the Pacific region of Bougainville, improving the farmers’ equipment then buying a crop of rare, high-quality cocoa beans from them at a fair price. Gabe and Rochelle will transport the beans to Wellington themselves on a sailing ship and turn them into a uniquely flavoured artisan ‘Bougainville Bar’ at The Wellington Chocolate Factory.

The Bougainville Bar will be gifted to Kickstarter backers and Bougainville cocoa bean farmers – many of whom have never tasted chocolate.

"The Voyage is an adventure for anyone who loves chocolate and wants to see amazing places like Bougainville get a fair deal," said Mr Davidson.

"We built the idea out of passion for great food, ethical business, and extraordinary people. By backing us you get to follow the entire journey from bean to bar. Plus there’s a sailing ship and everyone can get chocolate!"

"Bougainville once had fine quality cocoa but the industry suffered, as did the rest of the region, from war and neglect," said Ms Harrison.

"They are rebuilding and we want to help put their cocoa back on the map!"

Running the Wellington Chocolate Factory is a dream job for the pair, but it’s also made them keenly aware of the difficulties faced by cocoa farmers worldwide. Through a chance meeting with international development worker Sera Price, they learned of a cocoa-growing legend in need of some support. "James Rutana is Bougainville’s Mr Cocoa," said Ms Price.

"He’s been growing and developing cocoa beans since 1958, and runs a program to share his knowledge and planting materials with other farmers in the region. James is an inspirational figure but has faced many setbacks – the Wellington Chocolate Voyage is way for Kiwis to get behind his dreams for Bougainville."

U.S. Embassy to Recognize Women of Courage

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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea:The U.S. Embassy is encouraging people in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu to nominate exceptional women for U.S. Secretary of State’s International Woman of Courage Award. This award honors women who are making history in their countries and communities. The U.S. Embassy encourages nominations of awesome women who have worked to better their societies, fight discrimination or strife, resolve conflicts, as well as those who have taken risks to run for office or break down barriers in order to promote positive change. “We want to celebrate the contributions 
of some of the amazing women who are standing up for our future. A woman of courage might be 
an educator, a health practitioner, a lawyer, or a human rights defender. She might be a religious 
leader, in business, a healer, a political activist, or a peace builder,” said U.S. Ambassador Walter 
North. 
Women working in the political, human rights, economic, social, judicial, health, educational, 
press/media, peace and national reconciliation, and scientific and technological arenas are eligible. 
The U.S. Embassy will consider women who have taken unusual risks, surmounted difficult 
obstacles, or challenged harmful cultural practices or discrimination in their efforts to promote 
progress for women and girls, and for their society as a whole. Nominations are due by November 
14 to the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby. 
Each year, the U.S. Secretary of State presents one exceptional woman with this prestigious award. 
Since the award’s inception in 2007, the United States has honored women who have risked their 
lives and well-being to stop human trafficking, gender-based violence, child marriage, and 
corruption. The award has honored women who have been imprisoned, tortured, and threatened with 
death for standing up for justice, human rights, constitutional reform, and the rule of law. 
One nominee per country (one each for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu) will be 
chosen and their names will be sent to Washington, DC for consideration for Secretary’s 
International Woman of Courage Award. One top finalist from each geographic region around the 
world is selected to participate in a high-profile ceremony and program of events in Washington, 
D.C., in commemoration of International Women’s Day in March. As part of that trip to 
Washington, D.C., the top finalists also participate in a two-week program to network with American 
counterparts in additional cities in the United States and meet leaders working to advance women’s empowerment in the United States. Since its inception, the Secretary’s Award has been conferred 
upon 65 remarkable women from more than 40 countries.
Nomination forms and instructions are available by email upon request or in hard copy at the U.S. 
Embassy on Douglas Street (across from Deloitte Tower) in Port Moresby, For more information, 
please contact Gender Issues Assistant Agatha Pio by email at PDPortMoresby@state.gov, by phone 
on +675-321-1455, x2211 or +675-7091-5851, or by fax at +675-321-1593. 

Airlines PNG signs to acquire new aircraft

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AIRLINES PNG (APNG) yesterday signed a letter of intent with the French/Italian aircraft manufacturer Avions de Transport Regional G.I.E. (ATR) to acquire 6 ATR 72-600 aircrafts.

In a statement released through Port Moresby Stock Exchange, the agreement also allows APNG the right to purchase an additional 14 aircraft. The letter of intent is anticipated to shortly lead to a binding contract for the sale and purchase of the aircraft, subject only to approval by APNG’s shareholders at a Special Meeting. It is anticipated that notices in relation to that meeting will issue in November 2014, with the meeting to be held in December 2014.

The investment in new aircraft is part of an ambitious fleet modernisation strategy which aims to allow APNG to expand and improve its services, while improving its competitiveness. With the new robust ATR turboprops in its fleet, APNG will benefit from the aircraft’s excellent short and soft field performance operating from a range of runways. The aircraft is optimised for hot and high operations typical in PNG while providing excellent passenger comfort, more seat capacity and flexible freight solutions.

Once the contract is signed, the first 2 aircrafts will be delivered in September and November 2015, with 2 further aircrafts being delivered in each of 2016 and 2017. Additional aircraft may be purchased on 21 months’ notice to ATR. Pricing of the aircraft is subject to commercial confidentiality restrictions, but Airlines PNG advised that it has been successful in negotiating significant discounts against the ATR list prices for the aircraft, and the inclusion of significant levels of training, induction support, and associated support equipment as part of the agreement.

The statement said APNG proposes to finance the acquisition of the first 3 of the ATRs by a sale and lease-back of those aircraft to a specialist aircraft leasing company, and further announcements will be made when such agreements are in place.

Volcanic lava threatens Hawaii village

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Photo: AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US Geological Survey
A river of molten lava continues to make it's way towards the village of Pahoa on Hawaii's Big Island, threatening it's main street.
The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slogging towards the village for weeks at average speeds of nine to 14 meters an hour, and has already overrun a cemetery.
The Hawaii Civil Defense agency says the lava had advanced to within 280 meters of Pahoa Village Road, the main street through the town of about 800 residents.
Pahoa's business district lies mostly to the south of the area in greatest danger.
On Tuesday the molten rock, which topped temperatures of 900 degrees celsius, engulfed a utility shed but spared the adjacent rental house on the property.
Officials say they would close an endangered elementary school today, and shutter four more schools on Thursday.
source: Radio New Zealand

GORE DENIES ALLEGATIONS : "I AM NEUTRAL"

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The Minister for Youth, Religion and Community Delilah Gore has  denied all allegations raised against her by the Oro Governor Gary Juffa.
“I want people to know that my Department has nothing to do with Oro politics and I want to clear our name in this.”

The Sohe Member added that she is not involved in the politics as reported in the media and there were no payments made to the Grand Papua Hotel to her knowledge.
This is after allegations were raised that the Community Development Minister used public department funds to pay for accommodation for Oro council presidents in the aforementioned Hotel.

Mrs Gore also went on to say that she was very concerned about the manner of reporting that the media had portrayed her in with respect to the allegations.

“I am very concerned that I had to find out about such allegations on the news without being called for a response.”

She also said that she was yet to see the evidence of the cheques or cash statements for the Hotel payment in question.
Furthermore, Gore added, “My department is clear in all this and I am not involved in any way contrary to what the Ijivitari Member David Arore has claimed.”

“I am neutral and in this turmoil and political unrest, and I want to state that it is enough, we must put politics aside and focus on what we have been mandated as leaders for.”

Minister Gore further stated that she was not for either the Oro Governor Gary Juffa or the Ijivitari Member David Arore.
“I am not taking any sides in this matter and I am not for either party.”
“At this time, I would rather focus my energies on delivering services to my people, for isn’t that what we are here for to begin with.”

K100,000 robbery suspects napped

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Police in Wewak, East Sepik Province have apprehended two suspects believed to be linked to a K100, 000 robbery from Garamut Enterprise last week.

 Wewak Police Station Commander Inspector James Baugen who released a police statement today said two armed man walked into Garamut Enterprise main office around 8am last Thursday morning while the office was opening up for business,  held up the female cashier and walked out with k100, 000 in cash.

 Inspector Baugen said the robbers escaped in a Toyota land cruiser that was waiting outside with another four occupants in the car.

 The inspector said the driver of the land cruiserr was held-up, tied-up and left in the car while the robbers used the car to carry out the robbery and get away.

 He said police were informed very late and arrived at the scene of the robbery 30 minutes later.

 He said police investigators believe the robbers had an insider because the manner in which the crime was committed was well planed and well executed.

 The getaway vehicle that was used by the robbers was dumped at Kreee Heights with the driver still tied-up inside.

 However Inspector Baugen said the matter is now under police investigations and two suspects have been apprehended and are being questioned.

 One of the suspects apprehended is believed to have flown in from Port Moresby while the other is Wewak based, both of whom are now in police custody.

 Inspector Baugen is calling on the public in Wewak to come forward with any information that could assist in the capture of the four other members of the gang that are still at large.
PNG Today/Post Courier 

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