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Contempt Matters Against Five Leaders Remain Before Court

The National

Contempt matters against five MPs in the Opposition remain before the court while proceedings are expected to continue next year, a lawyer says.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s lawyer Tiffany Twivey said that contempt matters before the court against the five Members of Parliament would proceed even after the Supreme Court upheld O’Neill’s appeal and dismissed the warrant of arrest against him.

“While the substantive matter on the arrest warrant is over, the contempt matters against five Opposition MPs still remain,” she said.

“They were contempt matters concerning comments made in a press conference and subsequent publications concerning the prime minister’s case against the arrest warrant, they will be continuing next year.”

The five MPs who had contempt applications filed against them are Sir Mekere Morauta, Kerenga Kua, Patrick Pruaitch, Belden Namah and Bryan Kramer, all members of the Opposition.

Contempt application filed against Kramer was in relation to his article that was posted online discussing O’Neill’s appeal which obtained a stay order on the warrant of arrest against him. The contempt applications filed against Namah, Kua, Pruaitch and Sir Mekere are related to statements that were televised and published in the mainstream media on August 10 and 14 regarding the warrant of arrest against O’Neill.

It was alleged that the five MPs’ statements caused damage to proceedings before the court in relation to the warrant of arrest and they intended to deter the prime minister availing himself of his constitutional rights to have the matter determined by a court of law.

Meanwhile, the warrant of arrest against O’Neill was dismissed by the Supreme Court on Friday after the court found and held that the arrest warrant was invalid and that it was not properly issued.

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Pom Gen to Receive K100 million

Source: PC Online

THE Port Moresby General Hospital will receive K100 million of the K1.5 billion health sector allocation in the 2018 national budget, Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Sir Puka Temu says.

Sir Puka said they had been allocated 100 per cent funding but the challenge was how to implement the budget.

“I’ve been in this hospital most of my life and I’ve seen transformation under the new board. The highest institution in healthcare is the hospital,” he said.

“This is to bring the private sector skill, experience and acumen into the public sector. The things they lack are because of the Budget issues.

“I was health secretary before and I would beg the government to fund our health plan below 60 per cent. It’s now 100 per cent funding.”

Sir Puka said the key word was partnership and he urged the communities to help the management of the hospitals by doing their part.

“Don’t throw rubbish everywhere. Listen to security guards,” he said.

“Visit patients on time with one guardian. Doctor-patient relationship must be improved. Prescription practices must be good and patients must complete their doses to avoid drug resistance.”

Miss Png On Path To Promote Tourism

Source: PC Online

BY JERRY SEFE

The 2017 Miss Pacific Islands pageant continues to grow and has proven so much over the years that the annual event is not just about beauty contest but a testament for Pacific women.

The event creates a platform for the contestants to play crucial roles within their respective communities in bringing about changes to create a positive environment for all.

In doing so, it’s also recognised as a launching pad that helps women and young girls excel in life changing careers to be role models for the ever growing female population in the Pacific nation.

In a recent Miss Pacific Island contest in Nadi, Fiji, nine contestants were given the privilege to represent their countries to speak on issues affecting their respective communities and societies in bringing about positive outcomes on how to address these issues.

During the event an in-depth presentation were delivered by the ladies on their selected interview topics on the issues of gender equality, education, tourism, politics, culture, climate change, technology, environment and health.

Miss PNG, Niawali Twain, (pictured) who was the Papua New Guinea MPIP ambassador, presented discussions on what type of tourism the Pacific region should focus on.

Miss Twain spoke about niche markets such as natural, wellness, beauty, health, culture and sports that are now putting Pacific Island nations on the global.

She said ecotourism in fact promotes preservation of the natural environment and it is important to the Pacific because of its long term sustainable development, low carbon footprints, and has positive impact on local economies.

“Cultural tourism preserves our traditions, as well as wellness tourism where all in the region have natural wellness ingredients readily available to everyone” said Twain.

Meanwhile the fundamental aspect of the topics presented by the pageants was to ensure everyone have equal access to resources and opportunities including economic participation and decision making to empower their nations.

Twain said through carrying out proper awareness and educating people which is the key to drive the people of the Pacific forward in future.

Pm: Do Not Pre-Empt Manumanu Inquiry Outcome

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called on all interested parties in the administrative inquiry into the Manumanu land deal to remain patient and not seek to pre-empt the outcomes of the inquiry.

“I have seen public comment in the media on the administrative inquiry into the Manumanu land deal,” Mr O’Neill said in a statement yesterday.

He said the final report had not been presented to the Government.

“When the final report has been presented to the Government it will be released to the public and prepared for tabling in the National Parliament.

“All interested parties need to remain patient and not seek to pre-empt the outcomes of the inquiry.

“This is a serious matter and the outcome will be finalised in an appropriate timeframe.

“Due process is essential and this must be respected,” Mr O’Neill said

The Prime Minister was responding to calls for him to release the findings of the administrative inquiry into the Manumanu land deal in Central Province.

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) chairman Lawrence Stephens renewed his call for Mr O’Neill to table in Parliament the administrative inquiries findings.

Experts Unite To Improve Health In The Region

Source: UQ News

New research partnerships tackling health challenges in the Pacific are expected to result from a unique gathering at The University of Queensland in 2018.

Hosted by UQ’s School of Public Health, the Pacific Health Governance Workshop will be the first in a series of events to address the most challenging aspects of health policy.

UQ School of Public Health researcher Dr Owen Williams said the workshop was expected to be a catalyst for joint projects in research and innovation across health, governance and development issues.

“The workshop will cover issues such as gender-based violence, pandemics, sanitation, food security and non-communicable diseases,” Dr Williams said.

“It will address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by bringing together stakeholders to develop research agendas that are Pacific-driven, respond to needs, and create strategies for joint research and action.”

Key Pacific scholars and practitioners were awarded international scholarships to attend the inaugural event, which will feature a keynote speech by Pacific Community Director General Dr Colin Tukuitonga.

Dr Tukuitonga, who has held appointments with the New Zealand government and the World Health Organisation, will discuss the Pacific Community’s role as the principal scientific and technical organisation in the region.

“This conference brings together experts from across the Pacific region’s 26 country and territory members to address issues around where the capacity and research needs are and how we can best provide research to help Pacific Health,” Dr Tukuitonga said.

The workshop is on February 15-16 at UQ’s St Lucia campus.

Budget Hope

The National

 

THE Government is viewing the future with optimism and confidence as it tables the 2018 national budget in Parliament today on the back of an “improving global economy”, with commodity prices returning to “healthier” levels.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, however, warned that while pressure on the economy from global factors is easing, the government would continue to ensure fiscal discipline is maintained.  “There is no doubt that we are seeing improvements in the global economy, and this is reflected in positive indicators in our own economy,” he said.

“Commodity prices are returning to healthier levels but there is still a long way to go before we can relax.

“When global conditions were at their lowest, our government managed the challenges we faced and this has placed us in a stronger position today.

“We continued to maintain positive economic growth through a programme of reducing spending, managing expenses and rescheduling some infrastructure construction.”

Treasurer Charles Abel will table the national financial plan this afternoon.

Debate on it will be suspended until Tuesday next week to allow the Opposition time to respond to it. O’Neill said the government was looking forward to a sensible debate on the budget “that is based on fact and not misinformation”.

He said there would be no cuts to education and healthcare, “our core national priorities”.

He also promised “a productive and safe Apec summit in 2018 through modest expenditure that builds capacity and leaves legacy in our government agencies”.

“Our Government will also continue to build more efficient public services that are increasingly capable while being less expensive to operate,” he said.

Shadow Treasury and Finance Minister Ian Ling-Stuckey said the Opposition was ready to debate the 12-month financial plan from the government.

“Last year, the Government did not allow a proper debate on the 2017 budget. We stand ready to judge the success of the 2018 budget and urge government to give the Opposition an opportunity to measure its merits,” he said.

He said they would judge the budget on its credibility, how the government planned to spend public money, how it addressed foreign exchange and jobs, how it dealt with deficits and debt financing, and whether it followed proper processes.

Funds on hold as Finance calls for acquittals first Minister

The National

Finance Minister James Marape told the Parliament that district services grants for 2017 have not been released and Finance and Treasury are yet to discuss the outcome.

In response to questions by Sumkar MP Chris Nangoi, Marape said the grants were constitutional and every district was entitled to it but the department required acquittals to receive the funds.

“We have not released the 2017 DSG so I will take this up with Treasury and negotiate for the funds to be released,” he said.

“District services grants is a constitutional grant, every district is entitled to it but we require acquittals from all districts.

“I have issued instructions to waver acquittal requirements for MPs who just entered parliament in the 2017 elections.
“You will work backwards as you get your funds for this year.
You will use and acquit for it.

“For those who are continuing members of parliament who served the district in the last term – we require your acquittals of the 2016 use of funds.
Then you can have a drawdown of 2017 funds.

In response to Markham MP Koni Iguan on the two components of the grants, non-digressional and digressional, Marape said he would factor those considerations in getting the departments concerned to look into the matter and report back to parliament.

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