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O’Neill Wants Churches to Lead Sorcery Fight

By EHEYUC SESERU The National

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called on churches to take the lead in the fight against sorcery accusations and violence against women in villages.

O’Neill said the old mentality and belief in sorcery was affecting the nation in rural and urban areas.

He said the most affected were always women and girls.

O’Niell called on churches to lead in driving awareness in the villages because the government could not go there. He said the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV) and sorcery accusations needed the help of the churches.

“Our churches must identify solutions and address these social issues in our villages and communities, and address it through mission and the word of God,” he said.

“The church has an important role to play among our population by influencing people’s behaviour.”

O’Neill acknowledged church workers in rural areas but said the issues were affecting people.

He said the government was ready to work with churches to address sorcery and gender-based violence.

The prime minister was speaking at Mogl Kagai village in Sinasina-Yongomulg, Chimbu, on the first day of the 31st synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG.

The church’s Bishop Rev Jack Urame said they were ready to work with the government to address issues that were affecting people in rural areas.

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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.

Miss PNG Flying Our Flag at Fiji Pageant

By : The National

 

MISS Papua New Guinea 2017 Niawali Anastasia Twain is among the nine beauty queens contesting the annual Miss Pacific Islands pageant in Fiji.

Twain, 23, from West New Britain and Manus, travelled to Nadi on Wednesday on Air Niugini and was accorded a special welcome by the crew and invited to the cockpit.

The participating this year come from American Samoa, Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and, for the first time in the 40-year history of the pageant, a Miss Rapanui from Easter Islands.

The event is being hosted by the Nadi Town Council at Prince Charles Park, costing F$200,000 (about K330,000) as part of a tourism drive.

The theme this year is “Climate Change to sustain our islands –based on the COP23 Outcomes”.

The programme proper will begin next Wednesday, Dec 6, with a topic presentation, stage interview and sarong wear show.

The crowning in next Saturday.

The crown is held by Miss Pacific Islands Fiji Anne Dunn.

Miss Papua New Guinea Abigail Havora was crowned Miss Pacific Islands in 2015.

Violence Abhorred

By : The National

 

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has voiced the nation’s outrage at the “unacceptable” torture and killings of women and girls accused of practising sorcery, as another mother died yesterday.

He referred to the men behind the torture and killing of women and girls as “cowards” whose actions were “pathetic and perverted”.

The outpouring of shock and outrage was sparked by the torture two weeks ago in Enga of the six-year-old daughter of Kepari Leniata, the women stripped and burnt to death in public in Mt Hagen in 2013.

The perpetrators believed that sanguma was hereditary and passed from the mother to the daughter. “Let’s be clear. Sanguma beliefs are absolute rubbish,” O’Neill said.

“In the modern day, sanguma is not a real cultural practice.
“It is a false belief and involves the violent abuse and torture of women and girls by pathetic and perverted individuals.

“The men behind these murders are cowards who are looking for someone to blame because of their own failure in life. These violent acts are against our values as a nation and are completely unacceptable.”

“In the case of the young girl who was recently attacked in Enga, we are grateful for the brave people who gave her first aid and took her to a safe location.”

O’Neill said community leaders who allowed the abuse to continue “are just as bad as the men who carry out the crimes”. “As a Christian nation, these abuses are also an attack on our religion,” O’Neill said.

“That goes against all the teachings of the church.
“The Christian faith that we share teaches us to love one another and uphold the rights of the young and the weak.

“In churches around our country, I call on leaders to discuss this issue and how you would deal with this violence if it was tried in your communities.”

The prime minister said the Government would continue to work with the churches, people and police “to end these false beliefs and protect the lives of all Papua New Guineans”.

If you have any stories on sorcery-related torture, email editorial@thenational.com.pg

Twain to Represent PNG at Pacific Pageant

By : The National

 

MISS Queen Emma Chocolates Nialawin Twain will represent the country at the Miss Pacific Islands pageant to be held in Fiji from Dec 2 to 9.

Patron Linda Babao-O’Neill said the pageant not only empowered young people but was also a platform “to showcase and preserve our culture, traditions, and our way of life”.

She said Twain would be the cultural ambassador at the regional pageant and the climate change advocate for the country.

“PNG and other Pacific Islands countries remain extremely vulnerable to the climate change that include extreme tropical storms, severe droughts and sea level rising in coastal communities and much more,” Babao-O’Neill said.

“This ongoing disaster needs to be stopped.”

Twain, born and raised in Morobe, is employed by the Korobosea Medical Clinic, and is hoping to complete a medical laboratory science programme next year.

“I believe the pageant is a leadership building arena that has changed perceptions, impacted lives and can inspire change,” she said.

Twain also received awards for best topic, best sarong wea and best traditionally-inspired dress.

Miss Kuna Taberia Kiruwi Esther Aiga received the Miss Tourism Award, Miss International Training Institute Shiella Yama received the Miss Friendship and second runner-up awards, Miss Balance Fund Renee Siaguru received best talent and first runner-up awards, Miss After Dark Fashion Rachel Ezekiel received Miss Photogenic and third runner-up awards, and Miss Institute of Business Studies University Rosemary Lawih received the patron’s award.

Chairperson Molly O’Rourke said another important aspect of the pageant was the scholarship fund which assisted young women to complete or continue their education in tertiary institutions.

Since the inception of the pageant in 2011, the committee had raised more than K600,000 and assisted 193 women to continue or complete their education in colleges and tertiary institutions.

600 Nurses Gearing up for Symposium

By Elizabeth Vuvu ( The National )

 

ABOUT 600 nurses from around the country are meeting in Kokopo, East New Britain this week for the 14th National Nurses Research Symposium.

Speaking during the opening of the symposium at the Vunapope Diocesan Hall, acting national president of the PNG Nurses’ Association, Sten Nawik, said the association had come a long way, with ENB taking on the challenge from Morobe last year to host the symposium on behalf of NGI region this year.

He said the symposium provided an avenue for the nursing society to share knowledge and experience.

ENB deputy governor Cosmas Bauk, who officially opened the symposium, appeared to be the favourite speaker at the opening as he was applauded when he reminded everybody that a nurse was the human face of health service.

“The nurse is the first person the sick have as a companion and the last person one will see apart from a family member before one dies,” Bauk said.

“The love and compassion a nurse shows accelerates the healing process of a sick patient.”

ENB deputy administrator Nicholas Larme thanked all nurses for their services.

He said the administration gave K50,000 to the hosting committee as a token of appreciation of nurses and the work they have done in the last 40 years.

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.

 

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