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Port Moresby lights up with display of fireworks to welcome New year

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Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby were illuminated with magnificent display of fireworks last night   as residents  farewelled 2015 and welcome new year 2016. 

The Lamana Gold Club as usually treated the residents with magnificent  display of  fireworks which coloured the skies of the city.  Party goers also danced their way into the New Year without any disruptions. 

Meanwhile Bougainville farewelled  2015 and welcomed 2016 one hour earlier than other Provinces in Papua New Guinea last night.

This is because Bougainville started following the Bougainville Standard Time approved by the Bougainville House of Representatives in 2014.

Businesses urged to tap into PNG’s billion dollar projects

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PNG LNG First shipment of liquefied natural gas from the Papua New Guinea project (PNG LNG) was announced 26 May 2014. Picture: SUPPLIED.
FAR Northern firms are underestimating the value of doing business with the region’s closest neighbour Papua New Guinea.

A forum in Cairns next year will encourage the business community to take advantage of the work available in PNG.

The 32nd Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum and Trade Expo leaders Greg Pawson, David Toua and Phil Franklin say companies just don’t appreciate the opportunities.

It was last held in Cairns two years ago and attracted PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

The business leaders said Australia was the largest foreign investor in PNG with investments over many decades totalling about $20 billion, about the same as Australian investment in China and more than double that in Indonesia.


“Yet in Australia the economic relationship goes under the radar with less focus on the positive than on the negative,” they said. “Papua New Guinea’s investments in Australia are increasing, and Australia is the primary destination for Papua New Guinea’s exports, predominantly from the extractive industries.

“There is considerable scope for expanding the range and destination of Papua New Guinea’s exports, especially in agriculture.

“Outcomes expected from the meeting include better insights into business and investment opportunities available through further developing the bilateral business and investment relationship, including through contacts made with other business people.

“Business groups in each country will present to government issues of policy change and administrative action needed to facilitate bilateral business and investment growth.”

Gary Alyward of Tradelinked Cairns and PNG said when it was held in Cairns two years ago it was the biggest in 30 years. He said it attracted many delegates because of the location, the convention centre, accommodation and good aviation access.

“We are in a great position. We just need to get off our backsides. It’s not going to come to us,” he said. “The rest of the world is there ... China, Singapore and Malaysia.

“There’s everything available from the top end to the very small business operator.”

The forum is at the Cairns Convention Centre for four days from May 15

Source: Cairns Post 

Spanish siblings kept man in cage for 20 years 'for his own good'

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Emaciated, naked, soiled and imprisoned, a 59-year-old Spanish man has been freed from a tiny loft, where his siblings allegedly held him captive while they lived off his pension.

For years, the man, identified as Carlos RR, was allegedly kept locked in the tiny three-square-metre room in his family home near Seville, Spain, and made to sleep on a filthy mattress surrounded by his own excrement.

Police have arrested the man's brother, 76, and sister, 61, for the alleged imprisonment of their younger brother who suffered severe brain damage, according to local news reports.

The man's mental disabilities stemmed from an undisclosed incident when he was "very young", according to Spanish-language news oulet El Pais.

Carlos (whose surname has not been released) was a well-known fixture in the town of Dos Hermanas, neighbours told reporters.

Locals recalled seeing the friendly local walking with his peculiar gait from his home to the town square with a cigarette hanging out the side of his mouth, El Pais reported.

When Carlos disappeared, neighbours who asked where he had gone were told he had been admitted to hospital.

But Carlos had not been hospitalised.

Police had not ascertained for certain how long Carlos had been imprisoned with no running water, just bottles in which to relieve himself, no clothes and a filthy mattress.

Police alleged his siblings kept him locked up while they spent his €1000 (NZ$1600) pension, which he had received since the incident that caused his brain damage many years earlier, according to El Espanol.

 Officers made the horrific discovery on 17 December after Carlos' brother was found drunk and causing a disturbance in the town centre.

The brother agreed to be escorted home by police where officers spotted a padlocked door.

When police questioned the man he told them his brother was in there, "for security reasons due to his mental problems".

Police spoke to the man's sister, who said she managed Carlos' pension and saw to his care.

But the officers were suspicious and asked to see the pair's brother.

Behind the padlocked door, they found another closed door leading to a dilapidated staircase that led to the loft.

And behind a third door at the top of the stairs, they found Carlos lying naked and covered in sores on a soiled mattress surrounded by bottles and buckets filled with faeces.

Carlos was taken to the Virgen de Valme hospital for treatment for malnutrition and infection.

Hospital staff discovered he had not been medically examined in nearly 20 years, since 1996, during which time his condition had worsened considerably.

His brother and sister were arrested on suspicion of crimes against a person, abuse in the home and illegal imprisonment, El Pais reported.

Both were charged and have been released, but have not returned to their home.

No previous allegations of mistreatment have been made against the pair, suggesting Carlos' ordeal went unnoticed.

One resident who lived on the same street as the three siblings said he had noticed Carlos' absence but had heard no distressing calls for help.

"The brother and sister were evil itself," one neighbour identified as John C told El Pais.

He said Carlos was well liked in the area, but his siblings were feared.

Neighbours avoided the two siblings, who in turn avoided their neighbours, several locals said.

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PNG Opposition resists Total's Elka Antelope LNG Project

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The Papua New Guinea government’s swift push for the development of the country’s second Total-led LNG project Elk Antelope in Gulf has not gone well with the Opposition.
Its Leader Don Pomb Polye said the state’s obligations, especially the infrastructure developments, and law and order issues among others were still outstanding at the time when the company announced the start of drilling for the Antelope appraisal well.
“I hope the people of Gulf won’t share the same experiences as their neighbors the people of Hela.
“As I am speaking my fellow Hela landowners and others from the other four project-impacted provinces are still up for their long-awaited royalties amongst reports of rise in law and order problems and outstanding infrastructure developments,” he said.
He has called on the Prime Minister and his Petroleum and Energy minister to learn lessons from the first LNG projects to avoid any other similar encounters when the second one comes into full operation.
“It is not only a shame for the Prime Minister to quickly push for the development of the project when the landowner issues of the first project are still unresolved.
“It is also a slap in the face of the landowners and other Papua New Guineans for someone who was responsible for mortgaging the first fruits of the first LNG project in the UBS loan,” a concerned Polye said.
Mr Polye said the alternative government would encourage maximization of the local or national content in such projects whilst simultaneously considering business interest of investors and stakeholders.
“When we are in government, we will review the taxation, royalty and benefit regimes to create a better business environment for all parties.
“In our new Mining and Petroleum regime, we believe that there is a need for the current equity arrangement to be changed to a production-sharing of mine business in PNG.
Brushing aside sugarcoat remarks by the Prime Minister, saying employment and other business promises by the project, the Opposition Leader said ‘let us try empower our landowners to do bigger businesses like in the production sector.’
“Our people are smart so let us do away with traditional employments like security, cleaning and other technical works and empower our people to participate in the production-sharing businesses to ensure they own the economy,” said Mr Polye.
He said the government had exhausted all the sources of revenues to revamp the country’s economic disaster and that it was being pushed hastily at the expense of the people’s welfare.
“The government is doing this with the hope of reviving the economy with huge capital inflows from the project at the suffering of their welfare.
“Such a bulldozing act will only impose on our people only to say Amen as against their will and rights,” a well-versed Polye said.

Underage drinking, drug abuse irk Opposition

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Many school children are involved in drinking and drug abuse
Photo: School children engage in drinking , this photo went viral on social media early this year .
 In light of the National Narcotics Bureau being defunct, the Opposition has been annoyed by under-age drinking and drug abuse in the festive season.
Opposition Leader Don Pomb Polye said the underage drinking and drug abuse were signs and symptoms of break-down in the parental responsibility or social security.
He, as a responsible parent, has called for the Bureau’s revival in light of underage drinking and drug abuses.
He made the remark on learning primary school students were arrested and charged by police in Morobe’s Lae city on each count of under-age drinking and producing illicit home-brew.
Polye doubted where they would be rehabilitated as there is no juvenile rehabilitation center in the country to cater for.
He said when the Opposition was in government, they would build four regional juvenile rehabilitation centers and strengthen other related amenities.
He said it was not new as the country was stuck in the doldrums of anti-social behavior and unhealthy lifestyles.
“At the backdrop of these issues, our alternative government has strategies to address them aggressively.
“We believe in our children’s discipline and character development, multi-social activities and sports and physical education for a better tomorrow,” said Mr Polye.
He further said the character development was vital for national greatness.
Polye has called on fellow parents to introduce their children to broader spectrum of social activities for their living, hobby and or entertainment.
He said the Prime Minister and his Community Affairs minister should not take these issues lightly.
“When we are in government, we will spearhead this with necessary funds to produce better citizens for a better tomorrow,” he said.
He said when they were in government, they would strive for a modern house for each family as it is the paradigm for character development.

PNG Opposition leader Don Polye farewells US Ambassador Walter North

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PORT MORESBY: The out-going U.S ambassador to PNG, the Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu Walter North has served his country with distinction, says the PNG Opposition Leader Don Pomb Polye.
Mr Polye’s remark stems from the United States Senate’s announcement of his successor Catherine Ebert-Gray.
As the alternative Prime Minister, Mr Polye said under North’s leadership since 2012 the country’s relationship with the United States had reached higher heights and under that the country also saw a rise in American investors among others.
“On behalf of our alternative government, let me thank the out-going ambassador for an outstanding service for the betterment of both countries.
“Your legacy will live forever in the shores of PNG and abroad,” he said.
He said Ambassador North would be succeeded by Ambassador-designate Catherine Ebert-Gray, who has been confirmed recently by the US Senate, will assume office early next year after presenting her credentials to the government.
Polye said he was reliably informed that North would depart in late January.
He added that Ebert-Gary had vast experience in Foreign Service, saying she was not only a career member of Senior Foreign Service and Class of Minister-Counselor but also was currently serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of administration’s office of logistics management.
“We, as the alternative government, are looking forward to working with her in nurturing and fostering both countries’ relationship in the years ahead.

PNG's Tourism Industry low rating irks Polye

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PORT MORESBY: Opposition Leader Don Pomb Polye has expressed disappointment over PNG’s low ranking in the regional tourism market.
Mr Polye said with all the world-standard hotels and pristine environment the country offered to the visitors, it was ‘shocking’ to learn of ‘PNG’s unfavorable spot’ in the ladder.
He added the ranking should not be taken lightly but as a wake-up call for everyone to do his or her part to improve it.
He further said ‘our environment and natural life’ should be preserved as parks, zoos and sanctuaries for a show-case to the world.
He doubted whether Internal Revenue Commission, ICCC and other relevant agencies controlled the accommodation and other related costs incurred on tourists.
Polye has lashed out at the Prime Minister and the ministers responsible to take the lead in picking the rank up in the next assessment.
“Our alternative government will ensure our overseas missions, cultural shows, soft loans for tourism and hospitality businesses, our airline companies and tourism tax concessions among others to drive the industry,” he said.
He said the alternative government believed that the tourism and hospitality sector would be developed as a product of other development growths.
“This sector is inter-related to the other sectors, especially the economic and infrastructural sectors,” he said.
Polye said a lower level of law and order issue, efficient networks of transport system and a scale of economy would turn the wheels of the tourism sector.
“When we are in government, a comprehensive law and order package will be designed and implemented to combat crime that impedes tourism and other businesses.
“Appropriate penalties will be applied on those responsible,” he said.

Police Officer arrested for smuggling betel nut into Port Moresby

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NCD Police Metropolitan Superintendent Ben Turi says officers involved in illegal activities will be dealt with accordingly. 
A police mobile squad officer has been arrested, charged and suspended on the sport after he was caught smuggling betel nut into Port Moresby city on Tuesday.

 NCD police metropolitan superintendent, Ben Turi says this swift action was done by the members of the police internal affairs unit who are also on duty this festive season, making sure police officers are also performing their duties accordingly.

Turi also applaud them for this quick action. Meantime, police has also commenced investigation into an alleged theft incident committed by mobile squad members mid last week. The victim laid complaint with the police commissioner for police to return his K10, 700 stolen from him and demand that those officers involved be charged for theft. PNGFM/PNG Today

Bmobile-Vodafone announces free calls on New Year's day

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Papua New Guinea based mobile phone company, Bmobile-Vodafone has announced free calls for new Years Day. The company stated on its website that "All calls between bmobile-vodafone numbers will not be charged on New Year’s Day ie 1 January 2016. This means if you have a bmobile-vodafone number, you can use that number to call any other bmobile-vodafone number in PNG for free this New Year’s Day".

Apart from this special promotion, bmobile-vodafone also has a range of affordable voice and data plans to help you communicate with your loved ones in PNG and outside at the most affordable rates.

 To know more about their other voice, SMS and data bundles  promotions, dial *777#

Money laundering scammers convicted, await sentencing in Samoa

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Businessman Nicolas Giannos and Rosita Stanfield have been charged and convicted of masterminding a pyramid scheme in Samoa.

The pair were accused of running the scam in early August, when officers apprehended them before they left the country.

Nicolas Giannos a businessman from Greece along with Rosita Stanfield established what they called a UFUN investment club in Samoa where they recruit local investors to invest in the Club and promised a higher return afterwards.

The Central Bank of Samoa met with the group in early 2015 as they hoped to establish a proper business branch in the island.

UFUN club was an investment programme based in the Philippines, but in late 2014, their main branch was raided by the country police and exposed.

Giannos and Stanfield were alleged agents to the investment group. They were first suspected by the Central Bank of Samoa, when they were remitting money overseas, a sum of 100,000 talas worth, divided into subgroups of 20,000

They have been charged with 6 joint charges of obtaining by deception.

Nicolas Giannos has been convicted with an added charge of false accounts.

The Central Bank of Samoa is warning the public to take better caution when coming across these types of offers.

“You must use your common sense and critical thinking. If someone makes you an offer that seems too good to be true, it probably is!

“Whether it’s an investment, the purchases of goods or services, or a large donation, always make sure you are doing your own independent research before handing over significant amounts of cash.

“Remember that family members and friends may try to involve you in a ’scam’ without realising that it is a scam themselves.”

Chief Justice Patu Tavaasue Falefatu Sapolu has stated these charges in his conclusion, but will provide more of his decision on 4 January, 2016 before sentencing Giannos and Stanfield on 2 February.

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Bill Cosby released on US$1 million bail after being charged with sexual assault

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Bill Cosby has been released on US$1 million bail on a sex assault charge in Pennsylvania.

Cosby was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Elkins Park on the charge, which was filed over a 2004 encounter in his home outside Philadelphia.

Police say he was fingerprinted and photographed before being released. His next court hearing is January 14.

Cosby is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting the woman. It's the first criminal case brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America's Dad.

Cosby shook his head as reporters shouted questions at him before the hearing. His lawyers also didn't comment.

The 78-year-old comedian said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with the woman.

The case sets the stage for perhaps the biggest Hollywood celebrity trial of the mobile-all-the-time era and could send the 78-year-old Cosby to prison in the twilight of his life and barrier-breaking career.

Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault, punishable by five to 10 years behind bars and a US$25,000 fine, and awaited an afternoon arraignment.

Prosecutors accused him of rendering former Temple University employee Andrea Constand unable to resist by plying her with pills and wine, then penetrating her digitally without her consent, when she was unconscious or unaware of what was happening.

She was "frozen, paralysed, unable to move," Montgomery County District Attorney-elect Kevin Steele said in announcing the charges. He said it is unclear what type of pills Constand was given, but he noted that Cosby has admitted giving Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.

Cosby acknowledged under oath a decade ago that he had sexual contact with Constand but said it was consensual. Calls to his attorneys were not immediately returned.

The charges came down just days before the 12-year statute of limitations for bringing charges was set to run out. The case represents an about-face by the district attorney's office, which under a previous DA declined to charge Cosby in 2005 when Constand first told police that the comic violated her by putting his hands down her pants at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Cheltenham.

Prosecutors reopened the case over the summer as damaging testimony was unsealed in Constand's related civil lawsuit against Cosby and as dozens of other women came forward with similar accusations that made a mockery of his image as the wise and understanding Dr Cliff Huxtable from TV's The Cosby Show.

At that point, "reopening this case was not a question. Rather, reopening this case was our duty as law enforcement officers," Steele said.

He urged any other alleged victims to come forward as well.

Constand, who is now 42, lives in Toronto and works as a massage therapist. In a statement, she and her attorney commended the district's office for what they said was its professionalism and courtesy but said they would have no further comment.

The charges add to the towering list of legal problems facing the actor, including defamation and sex-abuse lawsuits filed in Boston, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania. But as for criminal chargers, many of the alleged assaults date back decades, and the statute of limitations has expired in nearly every case.

Cosby in 1965 became the first black actor to land a leading role in a network drama, I Spy, and he went on to earn three straight Emmys. Over the next three decades, the Philadelphia-born comic created TV's animated Fat Albertand top-rated The Cosby Show, the 1980s sitcom celebrated as groundbreaking television for its depiction of a warm and loving family headed by two black professionals - one a lawyer, the other a doctor.

He was a fatherly figure off camera as well, serving as a public moralist and public scold, urging young people to pull up their saggy pants and start acting responsibly.

Constand, who worked for the women's basketball team at Temple, where Cosby was a trustee and proud alumnus, said she was assaulted after going to his home in January 2004 for some career advice.

Then-District Attorney Bruce Castor declined to charge Cosby, saying at the time that both the TV star and his accuser could be portrayed in "a less than flattering light." This year, Castor said the allegations in Constand's lawsuit were more serious than the account she gave police, and if that information had been known at the time, "we might have been able to make a case."

Castor tried to make a comeback as district attorney in the November election but lost.

After the criminal case went nowhere, Constand settled her lawsuit against Cosby in 2006 on confidential terms.

Her allegations and similar ones from other women in the years that followed did not receive wide attention but exploded into view in late 2014, first online, then in the wider media, after comedian Hannibal Buress mocked the moralising Cosby as a hypocrite and called him a rapist during a standup routine.

That opened the floodgates on even more allegations.

Women mostly from the world of modeling, acting or other entertainment fields came forward and described being offered a drink by Cosby and waking up to find they had apparently been sexually assaulted. Cosby, through his representatives, accused some of the women of trying to extract money from him or get ahead in show business.

Earlier this year, The Associated Press persuaded a judge to unseal documents from the Constand lawsuit, and they showed the long-married Cosby acknowledging a string of affairs and sexual encounters.

Cosby, a longtime resident of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, testified that he obtained Quaaludes in the 1970s to give to women. He denied giving women drugs without their knowledge and said he had used the now-banned sedative "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink."'

In the deposition, Cosby said he fondled Constand that night, taking her silence as a green light. Constand maintains she was semi-conscious after he gave her pills he said would relax her.

"I don't hear her say anything. And I don't feel her say anything. And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection. I am not stopped," Cosby testified.

He said Constand was not upset when she left that night. She went to police a year later.

Her lawyer has said Constand is gay and was dating a woman around the time she met Cosby in the early 2000s.

The AP generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they agree to have their names published, as Constand has done.

Laurie Levenson, a criminal law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said Cosby no longer enjoys the celebrity appeal that might sway a jury.

"His reputation has already been tarnished, so I doubt that jurors would be inclined to believe him just because of his prior image," she said in September. She said the judge in the case will have to decide whether to allow other accusers to testify or whether that would be too prejudicial.

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Education Dept publishes Grade 11 selection list for 2016 online

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The National Education Department has published  2016 Grade selection list online. Now parents, sponsors and students can check names of those who are selected for Grade 11 next year. The list can be viewed using smart phones and computers.

Below are the links to the selection list published on the education website.

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Prime Minister O'Neill welcomes Total SA into Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guina Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has singled out leading French investor Total SA’s entry into the LNG industry as one of the best signs of confidence in Papua New Guinea.
Mr O’Neill said Total’s choice to lead and push forward the next LNG project was a major economic windfall bringing in more benefits for the country.

Mr O’Neill said he believes that over the next five years the project will employ 10,000 Papua New Guineans in the construction phase.

He said it will also create new education and training programs and downstream benefits for thousands of small businesses. Major investors in the second LNG project also include InterOil and Oil Search Limited.

“The people of our nation need only look around their communities and towns to see the change that is happening in only a few short years as we have implemented the core policies we took to the 2012 election.

 We now have more children in school than at any other time in our history.  This also means there are more girls in school than ever before - and this will empower an entire generation of women.

We are expanding access to healthcare and more people are surviving from injuries and disease than ever before.  We thank our churches for their support in delivering healthcare support,” he said.

Mr O’Neill said he believes streets and communities around the country are becoming safer “as we have more police, better judiciary and true rehabilitation in the prisons.”

“Certainly we have more work to do on enhancing safety, particularly when it comes to modernizing our police, but this is a challenge we are meeting head-on,” Mr O’Neill said.

He said construction of new roads, ports, bridges, schools, teachers colleges and government buildings were strengthening the economy.

He said the billions of Kina spent on infrastructure was now generating trade and delivering jobs for the people.

He mentioned coming international events to be hosted by PNG including  the FIFA Women’s Under 20 World Cup in 2016 and the APEC Leaders’ summit in 2018.

“Each and every person in our nation is part of a very special community that has an evolving place in the world.  We are unique in our diversity and we are united in our desire to build a stronger nation,

May our Lord bring your family blessing, prosperity and happiness,” Mr O’Neill said.

Officer who forced Young Women to chew and swallow condoms on the run

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NCD Police boss Ben Turi says, 5 officers were alleged to involve in forcing a young woman to chew and swallow condoms.  He says, one of these 5 police officers who involved in the cruel act as escaped to Nipa in the Southern Highlands Province but this will not affect their investigations in ensuring all officers are dealt with after the complaint is filed by the victim.

The relatives of the young female, who was forced to swallow condoms by police officers at the Boroko Police Station  have not ruled out retaliation if immediate actions  is not taken by the Police Hierarchy against these 5 officers.

The victim is now with her family at the village in Bereina. The victim will soon get medical attention and is now willing to file a formal complaint after her check up.

Women on the move to hold protest on Police brutality

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Women throughout Papua New Guinea have raised concerns on violence and abuse of women through Police brutality. Now they will be taking a stand against Police abuse and brutality  through a well organised peaceful protest early next year.

Their focus will be on ensuring action and progress is made not only on investigations but also on rogue police officers  involved in these illegal acts against the right of WOMEN and the public in general.
A series of meets have taken place towards this cause and these women have vowed to SPEAK OUT and AGAINST such acts with ONE VOICE.
They say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and these cases of inhuman acts must stop. 

The planned protest is planned for Port Moresby and may extend to other centers in the country. 

PNGDF Soldiers to face Court - Martial

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The PNGDF soldiers who were illegally stationed at Komo Airport in Hela after disobeying orders to return to base in Port Moresby will face court- martial after investigations are done.

According to the Army’s Acting Chief of Staff, Col.
Raymond Numa, the soldiers are now in military police custody and will be facing the military court after their action lead to the death of two of their comrades when they were engaged in an outside matter with the locals in the area.
"All the soldiers that were based at Komo, including their commanding officer are now in Port Moresby and investigations are already in progress," said Col. Numa.

Numa said the investigation will be conducted for a week and once the findings are established, the army will move to possibly charge the soldiers with mutiny and proceed on to the military court.
These soldiers from Murray Barracks Force Support Battalion took the Army to court for their outstanding allowances and refused orders to return. However, they were later disarmed and brought back to Port Moresby under guard on Monday.

Agiru voted out, Potape is new Hela Governor

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Komo Margarima MP Francis Potape was appointed Hela Governor yesterday  by the Provincial Assembly in Tari . 10 out of 14 Hela Provincial Assembly members voted in favour  of Potape.


The local level government presidents who voted for him are Jalo Hape (Upper Wage), Eric Yawas (Hulia), Efala Pape (Mt Bosavi), Thomas Tawi (Tebi), Marakus Kapia (Kopiago), Guluwa Wakinda (Lower Wagi), Charlie Apalu (Awi-Pori and Lagayu) and women leader Jacinta Hayabe.

Waigani National Court also ordered that the court order of December 22 obtained by Agiru to restrain the Assembly from having any meeting was rendered useless because it was served late to the Assembly Members. 

They had already concluded their meeting, passing the motion to vote for a new governor yesterday when the order was delivered. The court asked Agiru's lawyer  to tell the exact time the order was served, She had no definative answer of the time.

Court relied on the affidavit by Tumbi Yari who took down the minutes of the Assembly meeting on December 22. 
It said the meeting concluded on 11:05 and the court order was served at 11:46. Court said the service was late, thus it had no impact on the meeting and thus  Agiru was voted out yesterday but he remains the regional MP but not the governor.

Meanwhile, Mr Potape, as the new Governor and chairman of the provincial assembly, has called on Mr Agiru to further  court orders, adding that his removal followed legal procedures.

Taylor Swift tops 2015 Celebs Gone Good list again

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Taylor Swift's charitable deeds have earned her the top spot on the eighth annual Celebs Gone Good list for the fourth consecutive year.

The "Shake It Off" star is known for her gestures of goodwill, and earlier this year, she donated US$50,000 to a young leukaemia sufferer who had to miss out on attending the singer's tour to undergo treatment.

Among her other philanthropic efforts in the past year, she pledged US$50,000 to a fundraising campaign to help cover medical costs for one of her backing dancers' nephews, who was diagnosed with cancer, cut a US$50,000 cheque for the Seattle Symphony in Washington, and donated 25,000 books to New York City schools.

Swift's kind heart places her at number one on DoSomething.org’s 2015 countdown, which recognises celebrities who have used their star power for good.

She edges out Miley Cyrus, who takes second place on the list, thanks to her work through her new Happy Hippie Foundation to aid homeless youths.

Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, and wrestler-turned-actor John Cena round out the top five, reports UsMagazine.com.

Others featured in the top 20 include Zendaya Coleman, John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, and newcomers Amy Schumer and Caitlyn Jenner, who has used her public transition to help raise awareness of transgender issues.

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Samoa secure spot in World Cup qualifiers

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SAMOA have filled the last spot for the Oceania qualifying match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after toping stage one.
Samoa won the clash of the Polynesian nations which saw American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga meet in the first stage of the Russia 2018 qualifiers.
Remarkably, three teams — American Samoa, Cook Islands and Samoa — all ended on six points with the latter advancing by a single goal.
Samoa will line up alongside Tahiti, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea in stage two, with New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu in the other group.
The second stage of the qualifiers will be in Port Moresby from May 28 to June 11.
The top six will advance to the third stage, to be played during 2017, with the overall winner to feature in an intercontinental play-off against a South American opponent in November 2017.
Oceania qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is a small part of the qualification process for the region’s 11 member associations.
Tahiti and New Zealand are turning their attention to their mid-year matches, but for now the spotlight has been elsewhere.

Solomon Islands Opposition's bribery deals to overthrow government surface

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Details of Solomon Islands Opposition's bid to unseat Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare have emerged, the Solomon Star reports.  The Opposition  attempted to buy politicians to switch sides in a bid to unseat Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare-led DCC Government during last month’s political upheaval, highly placed sources have revealed to the Newspaper.

In what said to be bribery, up to $300, 000 per MP was on offer to anyone who was willing to switch sides, the sources said.

“When you consider how many MPs were involved, you are looking at millions of dollars being used each time there is a move to change a government,” the sources said.

In last month’s political upheaval, which almost sank the DCC Government, Government MPs were offered hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In one instance, an MP who was carrying a travel bag full of money approached a Government backbench MP in a hotel room.

“He zipped open the bag and said to the Government MP, take whatever you need. The government MP reportedly refused. According to the Government MP, the travel bag must have contained well over a million dollars that day,” the sources said.

In another instance, a government minister was approached at his suburban home with offers of hundreds of thousands of dollars if he joined the Opposition. He was allegedly told that Government MPs close to him had joined the Opposition group.

“You’re the only one left. They are waiting for you,” he was told by an Opposition MP who was waiting in a car outside the Minister’s house that evening,” one source said.

The Government Minister managed to talk his way out of the Opposition’s approach.

In a third incident, a Government Minister was man-handled by supporters of a senior minister who had deserted the government and had signed off with the Opposition.

The Minister managed to escape by jumping out of the car that evening. He was reportedly paid a traditional compensation later.

But a group of seven MPs, including senior ministers who deserted the Government missed out altogether on the money promised them as well as ministerial portfolios.

“They have missed out altogether, not only on the money they were offered but also the ministerial positions they once held.

“That group which consists largely of senior government ministers before they moved away from the Government is now floating aimlessly in the political wilderness,” the sources said.

“While those who lured them over have got something, the seven deserters have received absolutely nothing,” the sources said.

How much the political game costs each time a vote of no confidence is afoot is anyone’s guess.

One industry leader has estimated that the costs of entertaining political power play run into tens of millions of dollars each year.

“That’s the kind of money that this nation should be spending on education, health and other social services,” the investor industry leader said.

“This kind of thing will only scare away investors from Solomon Islands,” he warned. The Solomon Star, PNG Today

ExxonMobile PNG refurbish 55 year old Health Center

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EMPNG’s Hides Gas Conditioning Plant senior field
superintendent Ken Rhyasonand Sr. Agnes Yanari
cut the flower lace to officially mark the handover of the
health centre
ExxonMobil PNG, operator of the PNG LNG project in partnership with the Evangelic Church of Papua New Guinea (ECPNG) has renovated parts of the BenariaSub-Health Centre located in the Komo Magarima District of Hela Province.
Built in the 1960s, the health centre serves over 17,000 people of Benaria Village and the surrounding communities.
Run by the ECPNG Mission, it is the only health service in Benaria Awatangi region with the nearest public hospital being Tari Hospital, an hour drive from Benaria.
This was the first time maintenance and plumbing work was done on the health center since it was built 55 years ago.
About K53,000 was spent on the maintenance work which comprised of solar lighting, plumbing to ensure running water and refurbishment of the dispensary. It took four weeks to be completed. A new high frequency emergency radio antenna will be installed soon.
EMPNG recentlyhanded over the facility to the local communities to serve the people once again.
EMPNG’s Hides Gas Conditioning Plant senior field superintendent Ken Rhyason,who attended the ceremony said, “Health is one of the priority focus areas for ExxonMobil PNG’s community investment programs”.
“We believe that by investing in community initiatives such as the refurbishment of the Benaria Sub-Health Center, we can help improve the standard of living for the local community and the country,” Rhyason said.
He added that ExxonMobil was proud to assist the community and encouraged the people to utilise the facility and to take good care of it.
Meanwhile, ECPNG health advisor James Robin thanked EMPNG for renovating the health center.
“The people of Benaria are very proud of ExxonMobil’s assistance because since it was built five decades ago, no maintenance work has ever been done to it, although this would be the only health facility that serves the entire population,” Robin said.
Benaria station council, James Pabe also thanked ExxonMobil for coming to Benaria people’s aid in improving the health center and also providing road services which has linked them to the outside world.

Condom Saga : Female victim in need of Medical attention

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A close relative of the young female victim, who was forced to swallow condoms by a group of policemen at the Boroko Police Station, says that their priority now is to ensure she receives urgent medical attention.

Her story made headlines not only on the local media, but also from overseas after the video of her ordeal was publicized on Facebook last week

The victim, who is now bed ridden and sick, told her family that she was walking through a street at 3mile almost 3 weeks ago, when a police vehicle with 5 police officers on board picked her up, assuming she was a sex worker, and took her to the police station. 

She had with her a plastic of condom and pills, as she was returning from the antenatal clinic. 

She added that at the station she was then asked to swallow the condoms and then abused. Allegations of rape are still to be confirmed at this stage, she the young female will soon receive medical attention and is willing to come forward soon to lay a complaint with the assistance of her family. 

Meanwhile, NCD Police Boss, Ben TURI when questioned of progress into their investigations, conveyed is sympathy towards the victim and says he is aware of which officers were involved, although no arrests have been made as yet and will ensure that once a complaint is made, he will deal with the officers immediately. PNGFM/ PNG Today

Two dead PNGDF soldiers to be accorded State Funeral

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The bodies of the two PNGDF soldiers killed in Komo in Hela recently will be accorded a full state funeral before they are laid to rest by their respective families.

According to the Army Chief of Joint Operation, Col. Ezekiel Wenzel, their bodies have already been flown to Port Moresby and are now in the custody of their Murray Barrack Command. The actual date of the funeral is yet to be decided.

Meantime, Col. Wenzel says the Army has given its assurance to the people of Komo that there won’t be any retaliation from the soldiers on ground because the matter now is in the hands of both the police and the army to carry out an investigation into the incident. PNGFM/ PNG Today

Man in Germany dies after blowing up condom machine

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A man has died tragically after he and two others conspired to blow up a condom vending machine in an apparent robbery attempt, said German police.

He was hit in the head by a flying piece of metal.

The 29-year-old was brought by his two accomplices to a nearby hospital, where he died shortly afterwards from his injuries.

The two men, aged 27 and 29, told hospital staff that he had fallen down the stairs.

Suspicious, the hospital informed police of the case, and the truth later came to light after one of them admitted the victim's injuries were related to the blast, which occurred Friday in the western town of Schoeppingen, near the Dutch border.

Police found cash and condom packets lying on the ground at the scene of the incident. The men did not take any of the contents set loose by the explosion.

The three men had apparently gotten into a car after triggering the blast using a home-made explosive device, said police.

The deceased did not shut his door and was hit by debris when the device detonated.

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PNG Government Jet flight to Aropa in Bougainville questioned

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Bougainville Police have no idea why the PNG Government Jet, KUMUL landed at the Aropa airport on Christmas day.

Local Radio Station New Dawn FM reported  that the Government Jet Kumul carried some people from the Works Department to Aropa but this report was not confirmed. Authorities in Bougainville told the Radio Station that they had no report on the Jet landing at Aropa Airport.

Earlier,  the ABG House, ABG President, Chief Dr. John Momis  revealed that he was concerned that the PNG Government was trying to talk with the Panguna landowners and the ABG regarding its intention to pay of RIO TINTO’s 53.83percent Share in BCL.

And that he was invited by the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill for a meeting with RIO TINTO in Singapore on December 17th, 2015.

ABG President had assured the ABG house that the Minerals in Panguna are owned by the people of Bougainville as they shed blood over them.

Work on rebuilding Arawa Hospital to begin

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Arawa Hospital. Photo courtesy of Pete Carter
Work on rebuilding the destroyed Arawa General Hospital will start in the New Year according to the ABG Minister for Health, DENNIS LOKONAI.

Minister said that tender for the rebuilding has been released and awarding of the contract would also be made in the New Year.

Minister Lokonai said funding for the Hospital was also ready awaiting the awarding of contract.

Minister LOKONAI made these remarks when responding to a series of questions from the member for Kokoda, Rodney Osioco this week.

Member Osioco wanted to know if the Government had some plans for rebuilding the Arawa General Hospital destroyed during the height of the Bougainville conflict.

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Fiji may host 2017 Rugby League World Cup matches

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FIJI could be hosting two world cup matches in rugby league in 2017. Fiji National Rugby League Chief Executive Officer Timoci Naleba confirmed this to the Fiji Times Newspaper.

This would be possible after the green light was given by the Rugby League World Cup committee to have the next RLWC co-hosted by a few Pacific nations.

Mr Naleba said further discussions would be made with Government on the possibilities of hosting two matches.

"We have received a letter from the CEO Michael Brown of RLWC committee expressing their interest to consider Fiji as one of the co-hosts for the 2017 event," Mr Naleba said.

"We had written to them and they have agreed for us to host two world cup matches which is a plus for Fiji."

Vodafone Fiji Bati reached two world cup semi-finals in the past with the best performance coming in at the 2008 tournament which was held in Australia when the side caught the attention of many with an impressive performance against France and Ireland in the pool matches.

Mr Naleba said to host such an event would also boost the local economy.

"It is an opportunity which we cannot miss. International Rugby League Federation has extended the sport to the whole of Europe which includes two hundred thousand million viewers," he added.

"The interest from the European countries might lead them to buy television (coverage) rights. Fiji would be televised all over the world and it would also be good for our tourism industry.

"If Government can commit more than two million (dollars) to host Chiefs and Crusaders then they would be happy to support RLWC which might also open doors for other sports as well."

Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou has welcomed the initiative to host international events in Fiji.

"We are talking with some of the officials but they will come back to us since they were at the planning stages," he said.

"It will also uplift the economy of the nation through tourism.

"Hosting two matches in Fiji would be telling the world, including all the sporting federations about our facilities to host international events."

The tournament will be held from mid-November to December, 2017... Fiji Times

QRL announces Kevin Walters as Maroons coach

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The Queensland Rugby League has today appointed Kevin Walters as XXXX Queensland Maroons coach through to the end of 2018.

One of Queensland’s favourite rugby league sons, Walters will have the responsibility of leading the Maroons into an exciting new era following Mal Meninga’s elevation to the national role.

QRL Chairman Peter Betros said the Board unanimously agreed to offer the position to Walters after meeting with him before Christmas.

“This is a fantastic appointment for Kevin, the current Maroons Origin team and the game of rugby league in Queensland,” Betros said.

“Kevin’s passion for Queensland, his intimate understanding of the current Origin set-up and his extensive coaching experience at many levels of the game are all key factors that place him in a great position to guide the XXXX Maroons over the next three years.”

Walters said he was thrilled to be given the opportunity.

“Coaching Queensland is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Walters said.

“It’s truly an honour to be in a position to coach such a fine group of players and to be entrusted with the responsibility of developing future Origin talent through our programs.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead, starting with the QAS Emerging Origin camps in the New Year.”

In recent years, Walters has been heavily involved in the QRL’s High Performance programs.

As the coach of the Queensland Under 20s team in 2012 and 2014, Walters played a pivotal role in the rise of some outstanding talent, including Anthony Milford, Cameron Munster and Luke Bateman.

A former Broncos and Maroons five-eighth, Walters launched his coaching career in style by guiding the Toowoomba Clydesdales to the 2001 Queensland Cup premiership.

He led the Ipswich Jets to the 2008 grand final before taking up the head coaching position with the Catalans Dragons, the club he took to within one win of an English Super League grand final.

Walters carries extensive NRL experience into the Maroons’ top job, having worked with the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm.

He has been an assistant coach with Meninga’s record-breaking Maroons throughout four State of Origin series.

QRL Managing Director Robert Moore congratulated Walters on his appointment.

“As we prepare to move into a new Origin period, Kevin has demonstrated to us that he understands our needs for the future,” Moore said.

“He takes the role with a long-term view towards the development of future Origin players.”

KEVIN WALTERS

Playing Record

State of Origin – Queensland Maroons

Years: 1989-1994, 1996, 1998-1999
Games: 20
Tries: 3
Points: 12
* Three Super League games (1997)

Australia

Years: 1990-1998
Games: 11
Tries: 1
Points: 4

Club

Teams: Canberra Raiders, Brisbane Broncos, Warrington Wolves
Years: 1987-2001
Games: 296
Tries: 74
Points: 293

Source: qrl.com.au

Bollywood artists to work in Fiji film productions

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Bollywood artists will be working with locals in 2016 as part of a local film production which is likely to be released internationally. Head of Film and Television Department at Fiji National University, Arun Chakravorty says the production is quite ambitious. 

Bollywood is big in Fiji and Arun Chakravorty is hoping some actors from India will say yes to working on a local movie that the Fiji National University is working on. First on his list though is finding the money to get filming going. “Yes, why not because negotiations are on. You know in film industry so many negotiations end up in a failure because people do not keep their commitment but I am negotiating with some local production people-those who are interested in investing for a production of a movie here and I’m negotiating with Bollywood.

” Chakravorty won’t say which Bollywood actors he’s negotiating with because nothing’s been confirmed – but they are apparently quite familiar to audiences in Fiji. The untitled movie is a suspense thriller, based around the discovery of a body in a recording studio. Chakravorty is hoping experienced actors from Bollywood will be able to pass on some tricks of the business to budding Fijians. 

Source : FBC

South America flood worst in 50 years

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Vast areas in Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil are being hit by the worst flooding in 50 years, forcing the evacuation of more than 150,000 people.

Days of heavy rains brought on by El Nino have caused three major rivers to swell, and authorities have reported at least six weather-related deaths.

A state of emergency is in force in Paraguay, the worst hit nation, where 130,000 people have fled their homes.

In northern Argentina, some 20,000 people have left their homes.

Dry weather is forecast for the Brazil-Uruguay border region in the next few days, but in Paraguay and Argentina water levels are still expected to rise.

Paraguay

The Paraguay river in the capital Asuncion, is only 30cm (12in) away from overtopping its banks. Officials warn this could lead to widespread flooding in the area.

And it could also affect thousands of other people who live by the Paraguay - the country's main river - the authorities said.

"(The flooding) was directly influenced by the El Nino phenomenon which has intensified the frequency and intensity of rains," Paraguay's national emergencies office said.

Nearly 200 electricity pylons have been damaged or destroyed by strong winds, causing power cuts.

Four people have been killed by fallen trees.

After declaring the state of emergency, President Horacio Cartes said $3.5m (£2.3m) would be immediately available in relief funds for the victims of the flooding.

Argentina

At least two people have died in the floods, which are mostly affecting the north-eastern provinces of Entre Rios, Corrientes and Chaco.

Some 20,000 people have been evacuated in the border city of Concordia, where the Uruguay river is now 14 metres (46 feet) above its normal levels.

Local officials said the flooding was the worst in the last five decades.

Newly-elected President Mauricio Macri is expected to visit the region later on Sunday.

Brazil

In the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, nearly 1,800 families in almost 40 towns had been forced to leave their homes.

Heavy rain began to fall in the region on 18 December, swelling the Uruguay and Quarai rivers.

President Dilma Rousseff flew over the flooded region on Saturday to inspect the damage.

Uruguay

Thousands of people have been made homeless in the past few days, but most of them have now returned home.

The authorities warn that water levels are expected to remain at their current high level for several days before subsiding.
Source: BBC news

Momis raises concern on PNG Government takeover of Bougainville Copper Limited L

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ABG President, Chief Dr. John Momis says that he is very concerned at the discussions been held between RIO TINTO and the Papua New Guinea Government to purchase RIO’s 53.83 percent shares in Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL)  for $100 million.

In his address to the ABG House this week, President Momis said that he has been approached by several senior National Government officials including the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill  the last time during the December’s JSB meeting in Kokopo.

President MOMIS said that the people of Bougainville must be assured that the ABG has made no deal with PNG.

Instead we are putting a very strong Bougainville position to both PNG and RIO that environmental clean-up is now the key issue and that if there is any transfer of RIO’s shares, it must be to Bougainville.

President Momis said that the minerals in Bougainville belong to Bougainvilleans as our blood has been shed over those Panguna Minerals, yet PNG wants to buy RIO’s shares so that it can own Panguna and its minerals.

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Papua New Guinea warned of Asian gangs sponsoring candidates

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Papua New Guinea's most notorious criminal has alleged that triads are sponsoring political candidates for the country's next elections.

In an hour-long videotaped confession, William Kapris told police he was a bagman for a network of Asian crime gangs and senior government ministers who planned and funded his robberies.

Kapris, who is facing trial for a series of bank robberies and a jail escape, alleged Asian syndicates are linked to most PNG government institutions and agencies and use PNG's infamous ''rascals'' for crimes.

He alleged Asian gangs are funding political candidates for PNG's next elections in 2012.

''There are five to 10 guys like me who are now working with Asians,'' Kapris said.

''I would help the network and prepare for [the] 2012 election.

''We wouldn't remove the prime minister by gunpoint but through our own candidates, courtesy of the elections. Once they were in government people like me will be free to do what I like.''

Also on the tape, Kapris explained Port Moresby's ''black bank'' - an Asian network to launder money, for business loans and funding future robberies.
''The Asians (gangs) that are here are all connected to the 'black bank','' he said.

''If the state doesn't heed my warning I fear the government will be run by this Asian network. I was there and I saw the threat.''

In January the Malaysian-born PNG business leader Jason Tan survived a shooting by alleged Chinese gangsters only weeks after PNG's anti-corruption boss, Chronox Manek, survived an unrelated assassination attempt.

Professor James Chin of Monash University has written extensively about rising tensions related to PNG's ''new Chinese'' - recent arrivals from mainland China.

''There is no doubt about rising criminal elements in PNG from mainland China but they are not the big triad groups found in Hong Kong,'' he said.

''However, once the ExxonMobil gas pipeline project comes on line and big money flows into PNG, the big triad groups will come.''

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Polye urges PM O'Neill to tell it as it is and stop beating around the bush

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PORT MORESBY: Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s claim on the Opposition, telling lies to the media, is something its Leader Don Pomb Polye has described as ‘evasive and deflective of his predatory behaviour.’

Mr Polye has lashed out at the ‘media darling Prime Minister’ for the first time criticizing the media, which is the government’s fourth arm.

He denied telling lies to the media in his media statements, saying to his ‘fellow highlander Prime Minister that the truth hurts’.

Polye, who has been at the upfront debating on many government policies and decisions, said he was cautious of public feedback and with this in mind he always strives to tell ‘our people nothing but the truth and facts about the national issues.

He, as a responsible alternative Prime Minister, further said it was his duty to educate Papua New Guineans to prepare themselves well for the general elections in 2017.

Mr Polye has taken Mr O’Neill to task over the land in Port Moresby’s Boroko area to clear his name, saying his involvement amounts to ‘abuse of office for personal gain’.

He reiterated that the PM was alleged to have been pestering the PNG Power Limited board to sell it cheaply without the proper tendering and procurement processes.

Rubbishing all claims by Mr O’Neill that the Opposition is a lair, Mr Polye has slammed the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for himself being ‘the master of all serial lies and deflecting constructive debates by diverting the people’s attention to the credibility of the Opposition.

“Our learned Prime Minister is good at this and it is of no surprise to us in the Opposition.

“He always belittles issues of national importance under the carpet with personal attacks at many forums including the floor of Parliament,” said Polye.

He said ‘the political controversy between Don Polye and Peter O’Neill’ was smaller than the country’s welfare and interests, and that national issues should be debated constructively.

He said he doubted whether the Prime Minister was genuine when he called for constructive debates as the writing was on the wall that the PM sabotaged ‘the Opposition’s budget debate.

He has urged the Prime Minister not to contradict himself.

“Our people, media, investors, donors and other development partners are the Opposition’s best judges.

“I don’t make remarks which are below my belt against the Prime Minister nor any other MPs in government but I encourage constructive debates.

“With the guide of our Opposition’s alternative government policy Skill-Industry Growth strategy, I on record put to the Prime Minister and his government constructive debates on the defiance of rule of law and other laws (law and order) by those in power, erosion of parliamentary democracy, good governance, transparency and accountability, economic management, police brutality, corruption issues and infrastructure developments among other socio-economic issues,” said a confident Mr Polye.

He said he was so vocal on other issues like the climate change, healthcare and education. Media Release

A young Papua New Guinean researcher gets international recognition

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A young Papua New Guinean researcher from the PNG Coffee Industry Corporation has been internationally recognised for her research into smallholder coffee producers in Eastern Highlands Province.

Susan May Inu submitted a poster presentation and abstract on her research to the Tropical Agriculture Conference 2015 in Brisbane in December. Her entry was selected from 240 from around the world as the best poster presentation.

While she was unable to attend the conference, Ms Inu commented, "The question posed from my presentation was for us to understand the socio-economic factors influencing household productivity and farm investment decisions on labour mobilisation among coffee households in Bena, Eastern Highlands Province of PNG."

"The conference paper was from research carried out as part of my Masters in Philosophy Studies sponsored by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) under the John Allwright Fellowship Program."
The conference showcased research and developments in tropical agriculture.

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