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Thursday, 18 October

22:44

500 cars procured by APEC in free-for-all "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

Press Statement by SIR MEKERE MORAUTA

APEC Authority documents show that at least 500 vehicles have been procured by the ONeill Government for APEC, many of them Land Cruisers and Prados similar in luxury to the Bentleys, Maseratis and Mahindras.

The astonishing total indicates that a free-for-all of greed is taking place under the guise of APEC, Sir Mekere Morauta, Member for Moresby North-West said today.

Many of them have been claimed by the Prime Minister, the APEC Minister and top APEC Authority officials, who already have vehicles allocated to them as part of their contracts.

Others have gone to Ministers and their outriggers, public servants and the heads of statutory bodies who are also allocated vehicles as part of their contracts.

Sir Mekere said the APEC Authority documents do not reveal the total cost of vehicle acquisitions. But it must be astronomical, he said.

Nor do the documents indicate whether public competitive tenders were called for all these vehicles, as required by the APEC Act, whether their procurement was scrutinized by the APEC Probity Auditor, as required by the Act, or whether they are to be disposed of after APEC by competitive public tender as required by the Act.

The details are:

Prados and Land Cruisers 208

HiLuxes 88

Forerunners 11

Rav 4s 30

Hyundai Accents 23

Ford Rangers and Everests 12
 

Maseratis 40
 

Mahindras 80
 

Bentleys 3
 

Mazda BT50s 5

TOTAL 500


This vehicle procurement by APEC highlights the greed and self-indulgence of the Prime Minister and the APEC Minister, Sir Mekere said.

It highlights their twisted priorities - spending tens of millions of kina on luxury vehicles at a time when ordinary Papua New Guineans are suffering unprecedented hardship, and the nation is almost bankrupt. What is the total cost of vehicles purchased for APEC? K100 million? Or more?

That money should have been spent on health and education and other essential services, not a giant party for foreigners and PNC cronie...

22:19

Real-time plantation map aims to throttle deforestation in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

JAKARTA The developers of a new interactive map hope to shine a light on deforestation in Indonesias easternmost region of Papua, where industrial-scale agriculture threatens one of the worlds last great expanses of untouched tropical forest. The Papua Atlas is developed by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), with financial assistance from Britains Department for International Development (DFID) and is scheduled for publication in 2019. While other platforms are already available that can track deforestation, including Global Forest Watch, the Papua Atlas is set to differentiate itself by tracking the actual progression of plantation areas and road developments. As a result, users will be able to see the number and extent of oil palm or pulpwood concessions or roads cut through the forest over time, says David Gaveau, a research associate with CIFOR whos developing the map with his colleague Mohammad Agus Salim. Combined with a function to search for concessions in various ways, such as by looking at the identity of a parent company of a concession holder, this makes the Papua Atlas a powerful tool to increase transparency in the plantation sector, Gaveau says. The Atlas links this land use and land cover change map that we derive based on satellite imagery with [a] land ownership map, Gaveau tells Mongabay. So one is able to query, not only at individual concessions, but also big groups [behind them]. Gaveua says the map was conceived to address the current lack of information on how concessions are being farmed

21:00

What should be the values of the people running PNG? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Martyn Namorong 2017
Martyn Namorong - PNG's Constitution provides guidance for a clear alternative pathway to the future

MARTYN NAMORONG

PORT MORESBY - At independence, Papua New Guinea adopted Christian values from missionaries who said Jesus was our saviour who would provide for us heaven.

Post-independence, the miners and loggers came along with other neoliberal capitalist missionaries from the World Bank, the IMF and other multilateral institutions and told us capitalism was the way to heaven.

Our forefathers believed in the message of Christ and gave their land and resources to the churches.

Today their children believe in capitalist economic development and are giving PNG's land and resources to the capitalists.

Whereas Christian missionaries called for repentance and behavioural change to attain salvation, nowadays we talk of foreign direct investment and economic growth to attain deliverance.

It is these pathological ideologies that shape the mindsets of Papua New Guineans and which we need to rid ourselves of.

Who is to say, for instance, that if are rid of the O'Neill regime that it will be replaced with something better? We once rejoiced when Peter ONeill replaced Michael Somare.

If the mindsets of those who run PNG now, and who will do so in the future are enslaved by pathological ideologies, we will continue to face the same issues.

The challenge now is to change the narrative and articulate an alternative model of development that is relevant to PNG.

Fortunately for PNG, the alternative model was already in existence for 50,000 years before colonisation.

This model is people-centred and based on the strengths of every citizen of this country.

It is a development model articulated in the PNG Constitutions five national goals and directive principles.

For 50,000 years, our societies were able to survive in this land because of the strength and contribution of every member. That is why, at independence, our people stated through the Constitution that empowering eve...

20:00

Transparency demands full disclosure of APEC vehicle purchases "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bentley
Three Bentleys, 40 Maseratis and many luxury SUVs are said to have been purchased for the 3-day APEC forum in Port Moresby

KEITH JACKSON

PORT MORESBY The Papua New Guinea chapter of Transparency International (TIPNG) has said the only way to stop allegations of corruption is for the government to be honest and transparent in its procurement processes.

Late yesterday TIPNG called for the government and the APEC Authority to publicly disclose the total cost involved in the purchase and import of 40 Maserati and three Bentley sedans and other luxury vehicles which generated controversy in PNG and internationally this week after it was estimated the purchases amounted to at least 40 million kina.

The organisation also said that the government needs to demonstrate that it had complied with public procurement processes.

APEC minister Justin Tkatchenko MP said the government had procured the vehicles in the expectation they would be later sold to private sector buyers after next months APEC leaders forum in the national capital.

We have heard only vehement denials of corruption by the government and the APEC Authority, but they have not been forthcoming with procurement documents, such as an invitation for bids or receipts of purchase, let alone a list of private sector entities willing to purchase the vehicles, the TIPNG board said in a statement.

It is therefore not surprising that the public is suspicious of these purchases.

To assuage these legitimate concerns, the government, particularly the APEC ministry and the Department of Finance, must publicly release these procurement documents, otherwise it may be necessary for the relevant agencies such as the Police or Ombudsman Commission to compel them to do so by investigating the matter.

The statement said that the Government had recently passed the National Procurement Act along with other recent public finance reform legislation which was intended to strengthen public trust in procurement.

However it is difficult to see how the general public can have confidence in a system which, in the absence of tra...

19:30

Once upon a time in the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

GreedySIMON DAVIDSON

A man controlled by self-inflation
Did bring great sadness to a nation
Bounteous coffers somehow breached
Untold millions to somewhere leached

Many people deprived of future wealth
Cleverly done, probably by stealth
Then, later, it became more rank
When a whole country became his bank

The peoples wealth became his millions
Which soon enough were untold billions
Then seeking praise and lavish fuss
A feast announced for them not us

By squandering the national treasure
Wasting our wealth in dreadful measure
An insane display of needless luxury
Astounding those with eyes to see

This story of a strange and mythic land
Its wealth disappearing into sand
Caused thoughts of ousting tyranny
And people living in peace and prosperity

19:00

APEC imbibes our countrys wealth "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

40 maseratisJIMMY AWAGL

APEC brings beauty to Moresby city
At great expense to the peoples funds
Pay cuts, medicine cuts, budget cuts
Pay for greater glory of glorious leaders
With health and education falling apart

Maserati sedans at excessive cost
Sucking scarce resources of the nation
Government desires to appear classy
To impress a sceptical global elite
Notwithstanding some dubious deals

APEC minister indulges in three days joy
While the nation suffers for decades
A PM dedicated to celebrity hospitality
Entertaining foreign dignitaries we do not know
In the hope they may plunder our resources

For the good of the nation, quoth the PM
While the people wail in bitterness
As this government of crooks and cronies
Says theres no money like borrowed money
And foreign banks laugh and applaud

We know not about these deals
For personal gain or national good
We fear there is high level corruption
And ask when will our government step away?
While watching a goat serve APEC as a sheep

Our kina growing worthless by the day
Our schools bashed, smashed, trashed
Our people die needlessly of ancient disease
Our teachers pay cut, public servants on their knees
While leaders look only at Moresby, their citadel

17:01

Sir Mekere:500 cars procured by APEC in free-for-all "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


APEC Authority documents show that at least 500 vehicles have been procured by the ONeill Government for APEC, many of them Land Cruisers and Prados similar in luxury to the Bentleys, Maseratis and Mahindras.

The astonishing total indicates that a free-for-all of greed is taking place under the guise of APEC, Sir Mekere Morauta, Member for Moresby North-West said yesterday.

Many of them have been claimed by the Prime Minister, the APEC Minister and top APEC Authority officials, who already have vehicles allocated to them as part of their contracts.

Others have gone to ministers and their outriggers, public servants and the heads of statutory bodies who are also allocated vehicles as part of their contracts."

Sir Mekere said the APEC Authority documents do not reveal the total cost of vehicle acquisitions.

 But it must be astronomical, he said.

Nor do the documents indicate whether public competitive tenders were called for all these vehicles, as required by the APEC Act, whether their procurement was scrutinised by the APEC Probity Auditor, as required by the Act, or whether they are to be disposed of after APEC by competitive public tender as required by the Act.

The details are:
Prados and Land Cruisers 208
HiLuxes 88
Forerunners 11
Rav 4s 30
Hyundai Accents 23
Ford Rangers and Everests 12
Maseratis 40
Mahindras 80
Bentleys 3
Mazda BT50s 5
TOTAL 500

This vehicle procurement by APEC highlights the greed and self-indulgence of the Prime Minister and the APEC Minister, Sir Mekere said.

It highlights their twisted priorities - spending tens of millions of kina on luxury vehicles at a time when ordinary Papua New Guineans are suffering unprecedented hardship, and the nation is almost bankrupt. What is the total cost of vehicles purchased for APEC? K100 million? Or more?

 That money should have been spent on health and education and other essential services, not a giant party for foreigners and PNC cronies.

Just as the need to solicit donations from Australia, China, New Zealand, the USA, Japan, Canada, Indonesia and Korea demonstrates that Papua New Guinea cannot afford APEC, if we really needed 500 cars to host APEC, that also shows that Papua New Guinea cannot afford to host the event.

The...

13:44

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06:31

Police to call Krammer in for questioning "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Police Commissioner, Gari Baki
The claim of an assassination plot by Madang MP, Brian Krammer, has resulted in Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, stating that the parliamentarian and former Task Force Sweep chairman, Sam Koim, would be called in for questioning.

According to the Post Courier (October 18), this is in relation to the 2017 murder of former Border Development Authority (BDA) chairman, Fred Konga, which is subject of an ongoing investigation.

Konga was killed in August 2017. He was allegedly followed and ambushed by 2 vehicles that blocked his way along the Poreporena Freeway in Waigani as he was heading to his home in Hohola.

Baki said the social media post by Krammer preempted some very sensitive information which was of interest to police.

Meanwhile, Koim has come out publicly to clarify that his private message between Krammer was to ensure the politician took precaution when moving around, and did not specify an details.

I did not tell Brian that he would be assassinated as I did not receive such. I told him that according to a source, something might be planned against him. I only conveyed a veiled threat I received from a source, only for him to take personal precautions. I did not tell him that it was connected to his politics or political activities. I did not have that information either.


In Krammers Facebook post, he states that he validates his information from several sources and only makes it public when he is absolutely certain about it.

03:29

Benny Wenda: TRWP, TPNPB, TPN OPM Sudah Bersatu! "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tujuan kita hanya satu "Papua Merdeka, lepas dari NKRI", Ya, benar. ULMWP merupakan hasil dari perjuangan kita selama 50 tahun lebih, dan inilah ujung tombak West Papua yang sudah kami siapkan untuk membawa bangsa Papua keluar dari "neraka NKRI". Sebuah pertanyaan: - Apakah kami orang asli Papua ini punya masa depan "hidup" dalam 50-100 tahun

Benny Wenda: TRWP, TPNPB, TPN OPM Sudah Bersatu! was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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02:32

Tidak Puas dengan Kerja ULMWP? Kritik dan Perbaiki ULMWP, bukan Bikin Organisasi Saingan "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Contents1 ULMWP Jalan Kepastian Papua Merdeka2 ULMWP Gagal?3 Mas "Ego", ULMWP dan Ganti ULMWP4 Suara Kami dari Kampung New Guinea5 Apa artinya Menggantikan ULMWP dan Memperjuangkan Papua Merdeka di luar ULMWP? ULMWP Jalan Kepastian Papua Merdeka Ada satu hal yang jelas dan pasti, dan tidak dapat disangkal secara hukum nasional West Papua, hukum internasional di

Tidak Puas dengan Kerja ULMWP? Kritik dan Perbaiki ULMWP, bukan Bikin Organisasi Saingan was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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01:44

Turut Berdukacita atas kepergian Mama Pejuang pembebasan bangsa Papua, Mama Abina Wasanggai "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Turut Berdukacita atas kepergian Mama Pejuang pembebasan bangsa Papua, Mama Abina Wasanggai (28 Nov 1956 - 16 Oct 2018). Tuhan menyertai Mama sampai di rmh Bapa di Surga. Terima kasih Mama atas pengorbananmu bagi pembebasan bangsa dan tanah West Papua. Tuhan menyertai dan memberi damai bagi keluarga dan sermua sahabat2 dlm masa2 yang sulit ini.

Turut Berdukacita atas kepergian Mama Pejuang pembebasan bangsa Papua, Mama Abina Wasanggai was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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01:28

Royal Flush: Rain Soaks Drought Tour As Dubbo Cops Try To Shield Prince From Embarrassment Of Our Cruel Immigration Policies "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

He may be a direct descendant of the family that created the first wave of boat people to Australia, but according to Dubbo Police, Prince Harry shouldnt have to read about Australias cruel and inhumane immigration policies. At least not in the form of a protest banner in the main street of a country town. Chris Graham reports.

Dubbo is perhaps best known internationally for its world class open plains zoo. But yesterday, the eyes of the globe were on the iconic Australian country town for an entirely different reason the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (also known as Harry and Meghan) as part of their Royal Tour of Australia to support the Invictus Games (helpfully sponsored by major weapons manufacturers).

The newly wedded couple were in Dubbo to see first-hand the effects of the drought gripping large parts of NSW. That was somewhat spoilt by an untimely downpour, although in a few weeks time Dubbo and surrounds will likely be back where they started before the Brits brought the rain.

Even so, the wet didnt dampen the spirits of Dubbo residents (from an official population of 39,000, an estimated 30,000 turned out for a community barbecue). That job, at least in the minds of Dubbo Police, was left to local resident Laura Volkofsky, who decided to mark the visit by reminding local residents the Royal Tour probably wasnt going to extend to other parts of the Pacific namely Manus Island and Nauru. You know, where we jail men, women and children seeking asylum. Indefinitely.

A screen cap of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured in Dubbo yesterday as part of their Royal Tour.

And thats how Ms Volkofsky came to hang a protest banner from her apartment window in the main street of Dubbo, only to have local police arrive and ask her to take it down. Because, while it may still be legal in Australia to express a political opinion, the Royals shouldnt have to read about it. Right?

Ms Volkofsky who lives above a florists shop in Talbragar Street in the CBD hung the offending sign up on Tuesday night. It read, ARE MANUS AND NAURU ON THE ROYAL ITINERARY? BLOOD ON OUR HANDS. By Wednesday morning, local police were on the case.

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00:42

Wafi-Golpu Project To Lift Economic Growth, Says ONeill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

ECONOMIC GROWTH DOES NOT MEAN BETTER LIVES FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE

Benny Geteng | Post Courier | October 16, 2018

The Wafi-Golpu project in Morobe province and Papua LNG in Gulf province will help PNG experience a 3 per cent economic growth when productions begin, said Prime Minister Peter ONeill.

Mr ONeill said the two projects, when they start producing will boost the economy of the country at a sustainable rate.

PNG will experience a medium growth of 3 percent. 3 percent is a sustainable growth for a country.

The Wafi Golpu mine will be the basis to deliver infrastructure to the province, he said.

Mr ONeill said with the Papua LNG Project there is good progress to deliver the project and the negotiation team is at fiscal terms of project signing and closing to pass concessions.

He said the economy is looking bright at a good economic projection of 2...

00:27

Air Niugini operates first ever commercial flight to mainland China "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

National airline, Air Niugini will operate its first direct commercial flight between Port Moresby and Shanghai, China on Tuesday, 23rd October 2018.
A cocktail function has been organized for all Chinese stakeholders on arrival including airport authorities, tourism bureau, top travel agents, wholesalers and tour operators. This will be followed by training seminars and a media forum.

The Port Moresby/Shanghai flight will operate twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays.Flights depart Port Moresby at 7:30pm and arrive in Shanghai at 1am, local time the next morning. The return flights on Wednesday and Saturday depart at 02:30am and arrive in Port Moresby at 11:45am. The flight time from Port Moresby to Shanghai on the new direct flight is 7 hours, 30 minutes and 7 hours,15 mintues on the return service.

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Tahawar Durrani when announcing the new flight in Port Moresby today, emphasized that the inclusion of Port Moresby/Shanghai route is a strategic move as it provides an opportunity for Chinese visitors and business people to travel not only to Papua New Guinea but also to the Pacific and Australia.

Mr Durrani said This service will complement our existing international flights to Asia - Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila and Tokyo as well as our regional network which includes Honiara in Solomon Islands, Nadi in Fiji, Cairns,Brisbane and Sydney in Australia and Federated States of Micronesia.
It also offers convenience for the Chinese and PNG business communities and tourists,delegates attending APEC, as well as hundreds of PNG students studying in various cities in China to fly direct between the two countries.

The Port Moresby/Shanghai flight also reinforces Air Niuginis position as a carrier of choice connecting Asia with the Pacific Islands and Australia and further enhances Port Moresby as the gateway hub in the region.

(Image Source: P2-PXV - Air Niugini - Boeing 767-341/ER)

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Wednesday, 17 October

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22:13

wp Light at end of tunnel for West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Light at end of tunnel for West Papua

  • By Len Garae
  • Oct 11, 2018

Pastor Nafuki sees light at end of tunnel for West Papua

By Len Garae

Let me assure the world that I can see the light at the end of the dark tunnel, that now the whole world knows more about West Papua than ever before so this is sure confidence for me which reflects the faith of the population of Vanuatu.

Indonesia can say whatever it wants to say but I am confident to say that West Papua is getting closer and closer and closer to its destiny for our Great God to give them their birthright and He is choosing us one by one to proclaim it to the world.

This is the first interview with the President of the Civil Society Organisations, Presbyterian Church Pastor Allan Nafuki, that support the longstanding struggle for freedom of the Melanesian people of West Papua.

My first message is that Vanuatus support for West Papua has not changed; chiefs, grandparents, fathers, mothers, young people and childrens support have not changed. Our mandate is to help West Papua to achieve self-determination and freedom, he says.

It is the mandate of our Government to continue to lobby with other friendly co...

21:00

40 luxury Maseratis (& counting), but little effort on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

One of the controversial Maserati cars
One of the controversial Maserati cars for APEC 2018. The market value is about reportedly about K229,000 each (EMTV News)

PAULINE MAGO-KING | Pacific Media Centre

AUCKLAND - Early in March, Papua New Guinea began its chairmanship of next months Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit by receiving many senior officials for the opening set of planning meetings.

The lead-up to the APEC summit, expected to become a key opportunity for PNG to unlock its economic potential, has been inundated with talks on trade and investment.

As the smallest and poorest member of APEC, Papua New Guinea has framed its chairmanship as an opportunity to cash in on the digital revolution and its benefits in connectivity and employment.

The chair of APEC Senior Officials, Ambassador Ivan Pomaleu, underlined PNGs participation in APEC as leverage to maintain its domestic policies according to the group.

The work that has come out of APEC has allowed investors to come on shore and be part of our business community, Pomaleu told APEC Bulletin.

You really need to think in terms of what sort of structural reform and ease of business activities weve been doing and that have made it possible for new investments in PNG. Those are pegged on important APEC principles.

He added that conversations surrounding connectivity, particularly in sustainable development and climate change, were important to PNG.

A month before the summit, however, this agenda has seemingly been neglected with the import of 40 Maserati Quattroporte luxury sedans to be used by APEC leaders.

The revelation of the PNG governments purchase of these vehicles, which range in cost between $209,000 and $345,000 in Australia, has been widely condemned as an example of poor governance at a time when the country faces pressing health, education, law and order, and environmental issues.

While PNGs APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko has told media that the costs of the Maseratis will be recovered via prospective buyers, this re...

20:46

Chilean Union Leader Found Dead One Day After Anti-Pollution Demo "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Chilean Union Leader Found Dead One Day After Anti-Pollution Demo: // , The area of the incident is Puchuncavi-Quintero, but the region is better known as one of Chiles four sacrifice zones. It earned this dubious title because several industries have been operating without public monitoring since 1964, dumping different types of toxic chemicals in unknown quantities. The term is used by socio-ecological movements in Chile to characterize geographical areas where industry and waste are so heavy that the whole area and the people living in it are considered sacrificed on the altar of economic growth. But those people are increasingly well informed and actively resisting the scandalous situation. As schools closed and social actions increased, the so-called special forces and the navy deployed an unusual amount of force, with water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas. Quintero has turned into a battle zone.

20:00

Last week I was a teenager but just look at me now "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

AgeingPHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - About eighteen months ago a friend and I were talking about walking the Heysen Trail in South Australia.

It runs for a mere 1,200 kilometres from the bottom of Fleurieu Peninsula, south of Adelaide, through the Mount Lofty Ranges and on to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Range.

Its not an arduous walk, nothing like the Kokoda Trail, just a bit longer. There is, however, some magnificent scenery along the way and, fortuitously, some great wineries.

The trail is named after the South Australian landscape painter, Hans Heysen, famous for his portraits of statuesque gum trees.

Unfortunately my friend got sick and weve had to shelve the idea until he gets better.

In the meantime we have both clicked over into our eighth decade.

No big deal, it was bound to happen, just not as quickly as we had anticipated.

Or so pointedly.

My friends illness is one of those nasty diseases that seem to particularly afflict older people and which require prolonged treatment.

I havent had his bad luck but Ive noticed the rather sudden onset of uncomfortable and unexplained aches and pains.

For some reason Ive developed a crick in my neck that gets worse when I drive too far.

My right knee also seems to have lost some of its padding and tends to grate a bit when I take the dogs for a run.

If I sit on the couch for too long I produce audible snaps, crackles and pops when I stand up.

Ive still got most of my hair but there are some very suspicious grey streaks there that I didnt notice until I looked in the mirror with my reading glasses on.

I thought I still had a blond mop. Not so it appears. My newly grown and very trendy goatee came out 95% white for goodness sake.

Ive taken to wearing a hat when I go out in the sun because the liver spots on my face seem to be getting worse.

I also now wear a long sleeve shirt in the sun to cover the skin on my arms which seems to have got a lot thinner and crinkled; just the slightest knock will produce a purple bruise.

I wish Id known this was going to happen because I would have taken notice of all the exhortations of the medical profession and started covering up a lot earlier.

And when I go...

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14:34

Papua Merdeka antara Makna, Visi, Tujuan dan Cara bangsa Papua Merubah Nasibnya "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

"Papua Merdeka" secara politik dapat dipahami dalam dua perskeptif, yang pertama, "internal self-determination" dan kedua, "ezternal self-determination". Yang pertama maksudnya bangsa Papua merdeka di dalam sebauh negara-bangsa yang sudah ada saat ini, yaitu Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia (NKRI). Makna kedua ialah melepaskan diri secara hukum dan politik dari negara yang ada saat ini dan membentuk

Papua Merdeka antara Makna, Visi, Tujuan dan Cara bangsa Papua Merubah Nasibnya was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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Papua Merdeka antara Makna, Visi, Tujuan dan Cara bangsa Papua Merubah Nasibnya "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

"Papua Merdeka" secara politik dapat dipahami dalam dua perskeptif, yang pertama, "internal self-determination" dan kedua, "ezternal self-determination". Yang pertama maksudnya bangsa Papua merdeka di dalam sebauh negara-bangsa yang sudah ada saat ini, yaitu Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia (NKRI). Makna kedua ialah melepaskan diri secara hukum dan politik dari negara yang ada saat ini dan membentuk

Papua Merdeka antara Makna, Visi, Tujuan dan Cara bangsa Papua Merubah Nasibnya was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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13:30

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

171018HEROMATE SAYS EXPERIENCED OFFICERS MUST BE RECALLED
New Dawn FM News

A former ABG public servant, PATRICK HEROMATE today called on the ABG administration to recall experienced former Government workers to assist the newly recruited officers gain experience in their new roles.
He was speaking on NEW DAWN FM today.
MR HEROMATE said that there were more suspension of officers today because they lack the experience to deal with situations in Bougainville.
MR. HEROMATE who worked for the District Services for more than 30 years said that we need to assist our administration to properly engage with these experienced people for at least two years.

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13:30

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

171018BY ELECTION UPDATE
New Dawn FM News
Voting in the three seats that are having their By-Elections are progressing well.
Polling started on Monday for TAONITA TEOP, HALIA and the KONGARA seats and will end this Friday.
Counting will start on Monday the 22nd of October and will continue until winners are declared.
The Chairman of the Taonita Teop Community Government, HERMAN KITE told New Dawn FM today that all was progressing well.
He said that whilst the attendance of voters was good many discovered that their names were not on the common roll.
The Chairman also questioned why deceased persons names were on the common roll whilst the active and living have missed out again.
MR. KITE said that he does not want this problem to pop up during the Bougainville referendum.

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13:29

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

171018TARGET DATE STILL ON
New Dawn FM News

The special JSB which approved the Questions to be put in the Bougainville Referendum that the target date still remains as June 15th 2019.
This was revealed by Prime Minister PETER ONEIL in his closing speech at the SIR MANASUPE HAUS in Port Moresby.
He said there was no need to defer to another date but continue to prepare for the date.
Meanwhile the Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission, BERTIE AHERN told the JSB meeting that the date will be confirmed once his committee starts work on the final preparations of the Referendum.
He said in the meantime that date is not final.
MR AHERN said that based on his past experience there are many issues that must be addressed before the actual date is announced.
He also repeated his earlier statement at the Welcome dinner hosted by the ABG President last Saturday evening.
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13:19

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

171018BUKA TOWN UNDER THREAT
New Dawn FM news
The temporary headquarter for Bougainville, BUKA town is under threat of sinking as the remaining mangroves that surrounds the town from Sohano and Madehas island and Novah are being cut to develop the town.
And the Director for TULELE PEISA inc which just recently promoted the saving and replanting of mangroves, USURLA RAKOVA said that what is happening in the Buka town and Kokopau is not acceptable as the soil will erode and Buka town can sink with any rise in the sea or even a king tide or a small Tsunami.
MS RAKOVA called on the Ieta and Taiof land owners to stop all these activities as it is putting thousands of peoples lives under extreme danger.
New Dawn FM after receiving this information took some pictures of what is happening and confirmed that the threat was real and something must be done to stop what is happening.
New Dawn FM also understands that the ABG policy on mangroves protection will go through the ABG Parliament in the December session of the ABG House.
If this goes through those people who are destroying mangroves for firewood and other such activities will have to face the law.
Mangroves are very important in the eco system as they are breeding gounds for fish crabs and other living things.

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12:38

APEC minister responds to Maserati query "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Justin Tkatchenko
Justin Tkatchenko
The minister responsible for APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, has responded to the claims made by the members of the Opposition regarding the purchase of 40 Masareti MY 19 Quattroporte from Italy to transport visiting leaders during the leaders summit next month.

According to the Post Courier (October 17), Tkatchenko alleges that all claims made by members of the Opposition are lies and absolute rubbish. He said the there was a certain level of luxury required for the global event, the vehicles will be bought by the private sector at cost and the Maseratis will be priced lower than a Toyota Land Cruiser VX. However, the minister has not addressed questions regarding the procurement process of these vehicles despite saying that it was authorized by the National Executive Council (NEC).

Member for Sinesine-Yongomugl Kerenga Kua on FM 100s talk-back show queried why the procurement of the Maseratis went through a third party in Sri Lanka when there are dealers in the country like Ela Motors, PNG Motors and Boroko Motors who are able to source the vehicles upon request.






The Maseratis were acquired through Sri Lankan company Ideal Choice (PVT) Limited which lists flamboyant cricketer Pinnaduwage Aravinda de Silva as the deputy chairman.

Meanwhile, there are also new revelations in ...

11:22

PNG adds $320k Bentleys to APEC luxury car fleet "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea is adding to its APEC luxury vehicle fleet, with the purchase of three new Bentley limousines worth more than $320,000 (US$228,000) each.

The V8 Bentley Flying Spurs will join 40 recently-delivered Maseratis, worth $175,000 (US$124,000) each, in the APEC fleet, as PNG gears up to host the 21-member nation summit next month.

The Maserati purchase outraged many Papua New Guineans as the nation deals with the re-emergence of polio, high rates of tuberculosis infection and ongoing budget challenges.

The Australian has obtained an invoice for the Bentleys, made out to the chief executive of PNGs APEC Secretariat, Chris Hawkins.

Hawkins is also a senior communications adviser to PNG Prime Minister Peter ONeill.

The vehicles were purchased from a Malaysian-based company called South Pacific Ventures Inc., which describes itself as providing business consultancy and services on healthcare development projects in Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Island countries.

The cars are due to arrive in Port Moresby this month by sea freight.

The Australian has sought comment on the Bentley purchase from PNGs APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko, but he is yet to respond.

The Maserati Quattroporte cars were delivered to Port Moresby last week from Milan, Italy, on two privately chartered Boeing 747 cargo planes.

APEC Tkatchenko said last week that the Maseratis had been pre-sold to private sector buyers who would take the vehicles off the governments hands after the summit.

PNG is the poorest nation in the APEC grouping and faces an array of development challenges.

The official minimum wage is about $1.50 (US$1.07) an hour but unemployment is rife, and the majority of Papua New Guineans live outside the formal economy.

Australia is providing at least $130 million (US$92.8 million) in support to help PNG host APEC.

Australian F/A18 Super Hornets and electronic sensor aircraft will patrol the skies over Port Moresby during the November 17-18 APEC leaders meeting, while the helicopter landing ship HMAS Adelaide and several naval patrol boats will protect against maritime threats.

About 1500 Australian Defence Force personnel will also be involved, including special forces soldiers, rounding out the biggest security commitment of any nation in support of PNGs APEC year

SOURCE: THE AUSTRALIAN/PACNEWS

11:20

Australian fighter jets, warships to secure 'vibrant' PNG APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia will spend $130 million (US$92.8 million) deploying Super Hornet fighter jets, its largest warship HMAS Adelaide and elite special forces troops to help Papua New Guinea deliver a vibrant, Pacific-style APEC when leaders from 21-member economies gather in Port Moresby in November.

Government officials confirmed the ballpark cost of helping Papua New Guinea host more than 10,000 delegates for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, which diplomats believe will help the nation unlock its potential as a tourism superpower.

We are providing this assistance because, quite simply, they asked us to as close friends and neighbours.

New Zealand, the United States, China, Canada, Japan and Indonesia are among other APEC nations contributing to security and safety at the largest event Papua New Guinea has ever hosted.

In addition to 500 troops on the ground in Port Moresby, a further 1,500 Australian Defence Force personnel will help enforce a no-fly zone over the island nation from Australia - although officials stress there have been no specific threats to summit security.

Australia has helped the Papua New Guinea Defence Force rehearse counter-terrorism scenarios while firefighters from Queensland will also be on standby in Port Moresby during the gathering, crewing new firetrucks funded by China.

Primary security of APEC venues, motorcades and delegations is wholly on Papua New Guinea, as it should be as the host nation.

While Papua New Guineas Constabulary and Defence Force will lead summit security, it is understood Australian advisors will work alongside local authorities with Australian Federal Police and Army on standby as part of an Incident Response Group.

Security will be similar to that seen in Australia at the recent Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney.

As APEC hosts, Papua New Guinea will secure 500 meetings across the year, culminating with the Leaders Summit on November 17 and 18.

While most leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - will spend at least one night in the host nation, US Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly planning to stay in far north Queensland and commute back and forth to Papua New Guinea by plane for the duration of the summit.

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03:12

Opposition Leader: Government blocked FM100 talkback show "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch said yesterday he was dismayed to learn that the ONeill Government had effectively censored the PNG media and threatened one of the pillars of democracy in this country.

Pruaitch said two prominent Opposition leaders, East Sepik Governor Allan Bird and Madang MP Bryan Kramer, had been scheduled to discuss the scandal surrounding the import of 40 Maserati cars from Italy on FM100.

Reports coming in from Port Moresby, Lae and various parts of Morobe indicate these broadcasts were blocked by the ONeill Government in an unprecedented action.

 Pruaitch said: It has long been acknowledged that freedom of the press in PNG is a key pillar of the nations democratic institutions, acting as a safety valve on many issues of public interest.

Freedom of the press and the role of the media has helped PNG retain its reputation as one of the persevering democracies in the developing world, as one political scientist put it.

From this perspective this is a sad day today for all Papua New Guineans.

"It says a lot that no one is surprised by this development because the ONeill Government is the first PNG Government on record that has set out to manipulate the mass media in the past few years.

 Pruaitch said he was adding his voice to the call to all Papua New Guineans, in the public and private sector, to stand up and say, enough is enough, and demand an end to waste and corruption by supporting the nationwide strike on Thursday and Friday initiated by colleagues in the Opposition.

"This government is the recipient of more revenue than any government in the nations history, but it is constantly broke and unable to keep up with budgeted payments for education and health and causing numerous offices to be locked out of their premises for failure to pay rent.

These are problems that have never been encountered on this scale in the past.

The ONeill Government has no trouble paying for luxury cars, without going through normal government tender processes.

00:45

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

K34 million for Referendum
New Dawn FM News
161018

The special JSB meeting has appropriated a budget of K34 million to cater for the referendum next year.

The budget has been formulated with a view to being realistic and achievable in conducting the referendum.

Officials from the ABG and the National Government also agreed that what had been proposed would enable the referendum to take place.

Both President Momis and Prime Minister ONeil indicated their support of the budget with the Prime Minister giving assurances that it would be incorporated into the 2019 National Budget.

Mr ONeil further committed to ensure that previous funds that had been previously committed would be honoured, and be over and above the recently approvedK34 million.

Sourcing funding from the National Government has been a chronic problem for the ABG who have been continuously duped by empty promises from Waigani.

Despite the seemingly positive outcome of this special JSB many are sceptical of the national government to honor its latest commitment to Bougainville.

The recent JSB did not include outstanding grants owed to the ABG by the National Government on its agenda.

The ABG remains adamant that it is owed in access of a billion kina from the Restoration and Development Grand as well as the final payment of the Special Intervention Fund.

New Dawn FM understands that these issues will be deliberated in the next JSB in January next year.

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23:44

Sir Mekere: APEC Bentleys bought through controversial Borneo Pacific drug company "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

APEC Authority documents reveal that the K2.3 million purchase of three super-luxury Bentleys for the Prime Minister, APEC Minister and others was carried out through the Malaysian medical supplies company Borneo Pacific.

An invoice for the cars sent to APEC Authority CEO Christopher Hawkins comes from South Pacific Ventures of Kuala Lumpur, which describes itself as a business consultancy and health services provider in PNG.

Borneo Pacific and SPV are both controlled by a Malaysian family which is close to the Prime Minister, Mr Peter ONeill, and other senior politicians, businessmen and public servants.

The family has extensive octopus-like business interests in PNG, and is currently rumored to be starting a brewery in partnership with the Prime Minister.

Borneo Pacific has been criticised for the provision of over-priced medical supplies and faulty medicines, and hitches in its supply chain.

 It has attracted widespread criticism, including from the Australian Government, for its failings.

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, says the deal shows the contempt the ONeill Government and the APEC Authority have for proper process if it did not go through an open and competitive tender as required by the APEC Authority Act.

Neither the Prime Minister, APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko nor Mr Hawkins have been able to provide evidence that the APEC luxury car deals, now worth over K32 million and counting, are legitimate, he said.

There is nothing to show that these dubious deals went through the proper process, including scrutiny by the supposed APEC Authority Probity Auditor.

23:11

DNA Testing Reveal That The Aborigines Of Australia Have The Most Ancient Culture In The World "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Mayuk Saha

A study on genetics published in the journal Nature has proved that the Aborigines descended from people who migrated to Australia around 58,000 years ago. Titled A Genomic History of Aboriginal Australia, this is the first time that such a genetic study has been conducted. The results are ground breaking as they show that these ancestors make up the worlds oldest known culture.

Conducted at Cambridge University under the supervision of Professor Eske Willerslev, elders from the aboriginal tribes in Australia were also part of this team. Genetic sequencing with the genes of a number of Indigenous Australians and some natives of New Guinea extracted from their saliva was achieved. Prior to this, the same study had only been conducted on three people. The subjects in the study came from many places, some quite far from each other.

Earlier, experts did wonder if the recent generations of Indigenous communities had descended from the very first set of people to live in Australia. Their theories have now been confirmed. Being the most thorough study of its kinds, it has also proved that all of us are descended from the same group of ancestors who migrated out of Africa.
In Australia, this migration happened when the ancestors of the Papuans and the Aborigines moved along with others a little over 70,000 years ago. They then separated from that group some 14,000 years later and were most likely the first of our kind to make it across a large water body like an ocean. This group landed in Sahul, the landmass that broke into separate pieces to become the plac...

23:06

Kramers shock allegation: 'The plan to have me assassinated' "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Koim exchangeBRYAN KRAMER MP

Sam Koim's response to Bryan Kramer's revelation can be downloaded at the end of this statement

MADANG - Two days ago I was contacted by former chairman of Anti-corruption Task Force Sweep, Sam Koim, to inform me he had received reliable intelligence that individuals with political connections were planning to have me assassinated.

Concerned about my safety Mr Koim went out of his way to contact me so that I would take extra care.

I responded I was banking on it but appreciated the head ups. It was no surprise, when you go after high level corruption it's only a matter time you are permanently silenced.

I accepted that fate a long time ago. The real threat won't come from our corrupt and stupid politicians but the foreign nationals who pull the strings from behind the scenes and profit from them.

I have briefed key members in Opposition that I expect to be killed for doing what I do and it is important they are clear on what to do next when that happens.

I don't normally share this information in the public domain, as any information I do share will only be after I am absolutely certain the information is credible without a question of doubt.

So how is it I never seem to be charged or sued over my reports?

Well provided what you publish is the truth you are protected by the law. However, wrongfully accusing someone, then you face civil and even criminal prosecution.

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Bryan Kramer MP

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22:00

Now it's K2.3 million on Bentleys for APEC: but was there a tender? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

SPV commercial invoice
Extract of an invoice for 3 Bentley Continental Flying Spurs at a cost of K2.3 million - did this deal go through an open & competitive tender as required?

SIR MEKERE MORAUTA MP

PORT MORESBY - APEC Authority documents reveal that the K2.3 million purchase of three super-luxury Bentleys for the prime minister, APEC minister and others was carried out through the Malaysian medical supplies company Borneo Pacific.

An invoice for the cars sent to APEC Authority CEO Christopher Hawkins comes from South Pacific Ventures of Kuala Lumpur, which describes itself as a business consultancy and health services provider in Papua New Guinea.

Borneo Pacific and South Pacific Ventures are both controlled by a Malaysian family which is close to prime minister Peter ONeill and other senior politicians, businessmen and public servants.

The family has extensive octopus-like business interests in PNG, and is currently rumoured to be starting a brewery in partnership with the prime minister.

Borneo Pacific has been criticised for the provision of over-priced medical supplies, faulty medicines and hitches in its supply chain. It has attracted widespread criticism, including from the Australian government, for its failings.

Bentley continental flying spur
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