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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.


Contestants Begin Activities With Church Service

By PETER ESILA ( The National )


THE six contestants in this year’s Miss Pacific Islands Pageant PNG opened their week of activities in the lead-up to the Nov 11 crowning with a church service yesterday at the St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Port Moresby.

Fr Peter Moi, told the contestants and the congregation that “the greatest amongst us is the one who is humble and who serves others, people who offer their services to others.”

The six contestants with reigning Miss Pacific Island PNG Kellyanne Limbiye and the pageant’s chaperone Antonia Singut were blessed by the Anglican Bishop of NCD, Central and Gulf Diocese Danny Bray Guka.

“It is a national event, everyone will be praying for you, strength and courage come from the Lord,” Guka told the contestants.

He also told them that the pageant would have an influence on them and they would not be the same again.

He urged them to become good role models for young people.

Singut said the day was about reflecting on the spiritual needs and spiritual basis of character building that they would need throughout the pageant.

“We have been joining this congregation for the last couple of years during the pageant,” she said.

The contestants are Miss Pacific Balance Fund Renee Jasmine Siaguru, Miss IBS Rosemary Pawih, Miss ITI Sheilla Yama, Miss Queen Emma Chocolates Naiwali Twain, Miss After Dark Fashions Rachael Ezekiel and Miss KTK Esther Aiga.

The contestants will be have a week of activities in Port Moresby till the crowning ball on Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The pageant provides a platform for cultural ambassadors and for women to build their potentials as agents of positive change.

The winner from the six contestants will represent PNG in the regional pageant in Fiji next month.


Tough Series for Kumuls

By : The National

KUMUL captain David Mead says tomorrow’s rugby league Tri-Series in Suva will be tough as Fiji and Australia will also test their World Cup combinations.

The 28-year-old told the Fiji media on arrival in Nadi on Wednesday said the game would gauge his team’s level against the tournament favourites as well as tournament top teams. “I guess that game is going to be tough and we need to show that we are prepared for that,” Mead, who plays for the Brisbane Broncos, said.

“This is our pre World Cup match and we want to test which combination is going to work.”

“We have a good mixture and we are looking forward to run well together this weekend.

“It is going be tough for us but know that we are out there to prepare well even though it’s a friendly match against the two teams.

“We know we are going to be out there giving it our best shot,” he added.

Mead, pictured, said it was his first time in Fiji and he looked forward to experiencing the nice and welcoming gesture that the nation was known for.

“I have heard a lot of good stories about Fiji from my family and friends who visited earlier, they said it’s a very nice and welcoming place and I am looking forward to experience that.”

Head coach Michael Marum said the side would use these games to select their combination for the first Rugby League World Cup game against Wales. He said he would make good use of this opportunity to physically test his players.

“We expect a physical game which will benefit us before selecting the best combination. It’s going to be tough and we have a good mixture of players who are striving to fulfil our world cup semi-final,” Marum said.

Marum announced his 18-man squad for the Tri-Series leaving out teenager Lachlan Lam, hooker Wartovo Puara Jr, backs Thompson Teteh and Stargroth Amean while prop Enoch Maki is the 18th man.

Catalan Dragons’ rake Paul Aiton was not considered as he joins the team next week.

The three-nation tournament will see the Kumuls face the Fiji Bati and Australian Kangaroos in three 40-minute matches over the same day.

Click TV will broadcast the series live on their PNG TV channel starting at 3.30pm tomorrow.

The match will be live streamed on the Asia Pacific Rugby League website thanks to host broadcaster, Fiji One. Kumuls: 1. David Mead (C), 2. Justin Olam, 3. Nene Macdonald, 4. Katto Ottio, 5. Garry Lo, 6. Ase Boas (VC), 7. Watson Boas, 8. Luke Page, 9. James Segeyaro, 10. Wellington Albert, 11. Rhyse Martin, 12. Nixon Put, 13. Rod Griffin; Interchange: 14. Kurt Baptiste, 15. Stanton Albert, 16. Moses Meninga, 17. Willie Minoga, 18. Enoch Maki
Fixtures: Sat, Oct 14 – 3pm Fiji Police v Australia Police, 5.30pm Fiji Bati v PNG Kumuls, 6.30pm PNG Kumuls v Australia Kangaroos, 7.30pm Fiji Bati v Australia Kangaroos. Venue: ANZ Stadium, Suva. (All matches in local time).

Australia confident of PNG’s Economy


AUSTRALIA maintains its confidence in the Papua New Guinea economy with renewed investment to strengthen economic ties despite the tough economic climate at present.
Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis told yesterday’s leaders’ summit in Port Moresby about Canberra’s enduring ties which extend to the business front with strong economic two-way trade.
“Our deep enduring ties extend to business trade and investment, reflecting our strong economic partnership,” Mr Davis said.

Bruce Davis – Australian High Commissioner

“Two-way trade is worth around K14 billion with about 64 per cent of trade exported from Papua New Guinea to Australia.
“This wasn’t trade of just traditional commodities like gold and petroleum – Australia imported almost K100 million worth of coffee from your growers last year, 30 per cent increase from the year before.”
Mr Davis pointed out investments by Australian companies currently stand at around K45 billion in a diverse range of sectors from banking and finance, tourism and legal services, mining oil and gas and others.
He highlighted the importance of bilateral trade investment as a major reason to establish its consulate-general office in Lae.
“There is a market in Australia for cocoa and other agricultural products in Australia too. In fact one Australian iconic chocolate company sources a significant percentage of its cocoa from Papua New Guinea due to its very special and unique flavour.
“This reflects our continued confidence in the economic future of Papua New Guinea. We recognise that Lae is an important commercial hub of Papua New Guinea, home to your largest port, largest manufacturing, and the gateway connecting the islands and the highlands. It is also home to a specific number of Australian businesses.”
The high commissioner maintained the importance of ongoing dialogue to the partnership for both countries to take advantage of opportunities and challenges that the two face, with both being resource based economies having felt the brunt of the recent downturn in commodity.
He maintained the need to harness the Asia-Pacific markets which can be beneficial with less red tape to trade freely to grow small and medium sized businesses.

Direct Flights between PNG and New Zealead signed

By: Toa Sime   
Papua New Guinea and New Zealand have finally signed an air services agreement paving the way for more air travel between the two countries.
Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato and his New Zealand counterpart, Murray McCulley signed the documents in Port Moresby, yesterday.
This now means there will be direct air travel between the two countries instead of having to make connection flights through Australian ports.

This is also Mr. McCully’s final visit to PNG as Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The New Zealand Foreign Minister and his delegation will travel to Bougainville to meet with the Autonomous Bougainville Government and other leaders there, to discuss that country’s ongoing support to developments in Bougainville. 
They depart out of Bougainville for Solomon Islands today.
NBC News – Toa Sime

When will it end? Say NO to GBV!

Another Angel gone to Soon!

Sent off by one who profess to love her

Why does it have to be this way?

No one deserves such sending off

Does no one ever Truely love?

Has the world lost its humanity?

Another Queen gone to soon

Beautiful lilly of the valley

Shining light of her family

Living example for our daughters

Left us without a goodbye

See you soon Shantelle !
#justiceforruby #justiceforregina #saynotoviolence

PNG ready to host APEC

PAPUA New Guinea is well prepared to take care of the needs of the 20 top world leaders when they meet in Port Moresby for the APEC Leaders’ Summit in 2018. APEC – Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation – chief executive officer Christopher Hawkins said that Port Moresby’s Jackson International Airport had sufficient parking for 4 Code E aircraft and peak passenger movement and was undergoing further redevelopment.

Mr Hawkins said that PNG had sufficient venues to host APEC and there were enough cruise ships and hotels which would supplement accommodation for the leaders. He also said that the new University campus village would accommodate the second-tier media.

This was his presentation to the heads of government missions last week for their usual APEC and 2017 National Election briefing.


Chief Secretary to Government Isaac Lupari told the foreign dignitaries that Papua New Guinea’s commitment to host APEC 2018 demonstrated the Government’s strong desire to consolidate APEC’s agenda of promoting  sustainable, open and secure economic growth and prosperity within the region, and globally.

“It also demonstrates PNG’s broadening engagement and active participation to collectively strengthen trade and investment linkages in the region,” he said.

Early this year the Government launched an operations order which is a strategic document that articulates our strategic intent, which is to, “provide a safe and secure environment to successfully host APEC 2018.”

It further identified the number of security agencies that would be involved and their respective tasks that they had to carry out, either individually or in collaboration with other agencies to achieve the strategic intent.

Mr Lupari said that APEC security operation would be led and delivered by the PNG APEC 2018 joint taskforce, which was an inter-agency taskforce that would be led by a senior police officer, and supported by all agencies identified in the operations order.

He said that while the operation order identifies specific tasks for each agency involved in the security operations, it also identifies agency capacity and capability gaps. “These will be addressed to allow agencies to deliver on their identified tasks,” he said.

Mr Lupari said that additionally, some of the “high end” capability requirements would be addressed through engagement with bilateral partners, “who have kindly raised their hands to support us host APEC 2018. Our officials have already started discussions with our friends on this aspect of the planning and preparations,”  he said.

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