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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”.

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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.

 

Acting PM Condemns Domestic Violence

BY NELLIE SETEPANO ( Post Courier )

 

Acting Prime Minister Charles Abel has condemned the ongoing occurrences of violence against women throughout Papua New Guinea.

“One of the important aspects that is affecting our culture today, one that is very upsetting and disturbing, is the violence that we continue to perpetuate against our women, particularly the violence that is happening in Papua New Guinea today, related to sorcery.

“This is happening throughout PNG, and I want to say, very clearly, that this is not part of our culture.

“The violence and the suppression of our women is not part of our culture,” he said,

He said using the excuse of sorcery, where men pick on old, vulnerable ladies, like widows, because they have some excuse or problems in their minds, they blame old, defenseless ladies is not PNG culture.

“It is only an act of cowardice, where Papua New Guinean men stand around and watch while other men torture old ladies, widows and young women, is not Papua New Guinea – that is a sick culture.

“Therefore, I want to condemn these actions, in the strongest and highest way possible. Those who perpetuate such violence against women are not men – they are cowards and bullies. If you are men, go pick on another man,” he said.

“I want those cowards to be stopped and the law to hold them to account. I am not proud to be a Papua New Guinean, when I see a Papua New Guinean man doing that to a Papua New Guinean lady,” he said.

He said such behavior is completely unacceptable and the government and all of us must do everything in our power to eradicate it.

Men Need to Stand Up to Prevent Violence Against Women

Men Need to Stand Up to Prevent Violence Against Women
PM Calls for Communities and Churches to Show Leadership

Approved for Release: 25 October 2017
Office of the Prime Minister
Papua New Guinea

 

Communities must stand up against any act of violence against women, and Churches must take a leading role in protecting victims and exposing violent men.

This is the message from the Prime Minster, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, to community and church leaders, as well as male family members who he said have a natural responsibility to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

“A man is a coward if he thinks it is ok to hit a woman, these abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they hit a woman who is smaller,” the Prime Minister said.

“We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women, but no Government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

“There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

“Community leaders are not truly leaders if they turn a blind eye to violence against women.

“Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable.

“Any community or Church leader who turns a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let their people down, and has abandoned the Christian principles our Nation holds dear.”

The Prime Minister further called on the men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

“I also appeal to the sons of our nation, if your Father beats your Mother you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your Mother.

“Your Mother gave you life, now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you.

“The same goes for all the men in families, to brothers, uncles, and other male family members, do not turn a blind eye.”

The Prime Minister said the National Government will increase public awareness aimed at preventing domestic violence. This will be undertaken alongside the commitment of increased resources for police and courts to deal with violent men, as well as increased support for the victims of violence.

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