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LOOTING broke out on the streets of Port Moresby this morning, reports Rhian Deutrom of The Australian newspaper.
Shots were heard on Angau Drive about 11am and several buildings were set on fire 50 metres from the Salvation Army compound and a local school.
The Salvation Army compound is staffed by Australian couple, PNG territorial commander Colonel Kelvin Alley and Colonel Julie Alley, as well as local officers.
Earlier this afternoon, Colonel Alley said the situation was “quite serious”.
THE National Library of Australia has recently completed the digitisation of the entire run of the Pacific Islands Monthly magazine and all of the issues can be browsed or the text fully searched in its Trove archive.
Pacific Islands Monthly (PIM) was founded in Sydney by New Zealand born journalist Robert William (Robbie) Robson, who had moved to Australia during World War I. The first issue was published August 1930 and it ran until June 2000.
PIM was originally published by Pacific Publications in Sydney, with the company being officially registered in 1931 with a nominal capital of £1,000 in £1 shares. It was later purchased by the Herald and Weekly Times and after News Ltd acquired the Herald and Weekly Times in 1987, PIM was published from Suva, Fiji. The first issue of PIM was in newspaper format and consisted of 12 pages.
THE significance of the bilum varies throughout Papua New Guinea. In Enga, for example, it is a symbol of the disproportionate societal burden women carry throughout their lives.
Years ago, during my Christmas break from school, my second oldest sister, a young cousin and I were returning home from Laiagam station after a brief visit with our oldest sister.
At the time, my sister had courageously walked away from her abusive husband.
The likelihood of us running into him was real since many clan members loitered around the road which passed through his village. My sister prepped us for a possible attempt by him to take her by force.
ACCORDING to the United Nations, the latest statistics in Papua New Guinea estimate that almost 47,000 people are infected with HIV in a country whose population is about eight million. UNAIDS' country director Stuart Watson (pictured) says that there's been an increase of 10,000 of people with HIV in the past two years. He spoke to Johnny Blades
STUART WATSON: In 2015 we estimated that the prevalence in the population was 0.7%. Just last week we completed the most recent estimations and projections for the epidemic in Papua New Guinea and we're now at 0.91%.
So contrary to the trends in many parts of the world, unfortunately in PNG, which has roughly 95% of the epidemic burden in the Pacific region, is trending in the wrong direction. So in PNG, those figures translate into just under 47,000 people living with HIV; roughly 3,000 new infections in the last year, of which nearly a quarter were children and youths. So it's definitely not a good situation.
I HAVE recently finished reading Stephanie Williams splendid book ‘Running the Show’, which details the lives of some of the men who governed the British Empire.
They were, to say the least, a very eclectic group, ranging through idealists, adventurers, carpet baggers and the occasional madman.
They often worked in atrocious conditions, with illness, injury and death being constant companions. After four consuls posted to Lagos died of fever in rapid succession, the British Consulate there was accurately described as "a corrugated iron coffin containing a dead consul once a year".
Despite the obvious dangers of the work, many of Britain's brightest and best offered themselves to the colonial service. One such was Sir Arthur Charles Hamilton Gordon who, after several lesser appointments in places as diverse as New Brunswick, Trinidad and Mauritius, was appointed the first governor of Fiji in 1875.
IN May 1966, like Administration officers throughout the country, I took part in the first national Papua New Guinea census.
Unlike a conventional census, and given the difficulties in counting everyone in the country, the objective was to collect data from samples of the population and to extrapolate from that to produce a national demography.
Compared to the more arduous patrols assigned to others, I was given a dream assignment: to collect demographic data about expatriates and Papua New Guineans living at mission stations along the lower and middle reaches of the Sepik River.
ON Easter eve most Christians attended their local churches to mark the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, while others use this opportunity to visit loved ones at home.
A young man from Jika tribe in the Western Highlands, an accountancy graduate from the University of Technology in 2014, came from a wealthy family background.
He started his own business at Four Mile in Lae and, as a young and determined man, he worked around the clock to ensure his firm became popular and profitable.
In Easter last year, he thought of taking a vacation and decided to kill two birds with one stone: visit his family at home and at the same time undertake some business in Mt Hagen.
I AM pleased to announce the signing of an overarching memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the ABG and the PNG national government on the drawdown of powers in accordance with the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
This is an historic moment and an important step in formalising autonomy arrangements for the people of Bougainville.
The signing of the memorandum of understanding has been a long time coming and it is an important step in giving effect to the very clear intent of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
The MOU will act as a guiding document. It puts in place the systems, processes and financial mechanisms to enable the ABG to assume legal responsibility for its own affairs. This, in tum, provides the foundation upon which full autonomy will be achieved.
WHILE the story of the battle on the Kokoda Track is clearly and unequivocally military in nature and mostly about the men involved, it is also true to say that the women and children caught up in the conflict have been largely ignored.
I have read a lot about the Kokoda campaign and do not recall any mention of women or children. It seems inconceivable that they were simply not there, even if they had hidden in the bush to avoid the combatants.
It would be a worthwhile addition to the history of the Kokoda battle if someone could undertake a research project to discover and describe the experiences of the women and children who were caught up in the conflict.
I CAN tell you what the Australian government is going to do about the refugees on Manus Island who won't be resettled in the United States. Nothing.
There are potentially hundreds of men on Manus Island who could — if the figure of 1,250 refugees to be taken by the United States is correct — be left behind.
Parliamentary Library figures show there are at least 1,616 refugees on the two islands — 941 on Nauru and 675 on Manus.
THE recent success of the book ‘My Walk to Equality’ edited by Rashmii Amoah Bell prompts me to write this short piece – the story of my wife Julie.
Julie is an orphan, the offspring of a polygamous marriage. She was about six years of age when her mother died from injuries sustained after her father’s third wife stabbed her when she was pregnant with her third child.
Julie grew up in her maternal grandmother’s house after she ran away when her father beat her up badly for missing just one day of school.
Consequently, she missed out on an education altogether thanks to a loving but backward grandmother who never released her to resume classes at Kandep Primary School which was close to their village.
AUSTRALIAN-funded projects have removed “mateship” from the lexicon used in Papua New Guinea to describe the heroism of Diggers fighting the Japanese on the Kokoda Track, in what a prominent critic describes as politically correct revisionism to “demilitarise” the battleground’s history in the lead up to its 75th anniversary.
According to former Australian Army major, Vietnam War veteran and NSW Liberal state MP Charlie Lynn, who for the past 25 years has run treks on the Kokoda Track, $65 million of Australian taxpayers’ money has been directed through “a conga line of consultants” to green-leaning and leftist development projects promoting Australian liberal values such as gender equity on the track.
At the same time, he claims, bridges and toilets on the track have fallen into disrepair and Australian-sponsored aid projects such as schools have no desks and clinics no medicines.
AN ancient Greek philosopher, Diogenes of Sinope, was seen on the streets of Athens with a lighted lantern in his hand in broad daylight.
When out of curiosity people asked Diogenes what he was looking for, he replied, “I am looking for a man?”
Diogenes acted so strangely to stir up his fellow citizens. His contention was that, even though it seemed so obvious that the world was full of human beings, it was not easy to find a person he was looking for.
The philosopher was trying to find a man in the true sense of the word, which he visualised as follows:
LIKE in many societies around the world, corruption in Papua New Guinea has become necessary for the conduct of business.
In very many government departments, schools, hospitals and in the legal system corruption is the mode for easing the pathway for commerce.
Public institutions have become the domain of ‘fat cows’ which the private domain is feeding and milking.
The feeders and milkers include politicians, pastors, community leaders, the educated elite and business people.
Keith Jackson writes: I arrived in Kieta as manager of Radio Bougainville in November 1970 with the simple instruction from my Department of Information headquarters in Port Moresby to “fix the station”, which I had been told was aligned too closely with the Department of District Administration (DDA) and the ‘copper company’ (CRA). This, I was advised, was destroying the station’s relationship with large swathes of its Bougainvillean audience. I spent more than two years in Bougainville repositioning the station and in 1975, in pursuit of an honours degree in political science, wrote about the whole issue of government broadcasting in a monograph entitled Maus Bilong Gavman. In the following article, Bill Brown reflects on that paper in the light of his own contemporaneous experience as DDA’s senior administrator on the island. If you're interested, you can read my original 1975 paper here.
I TRY to avoid responding to Phil Fitzpatrick’s cunningly baited lures but the hook buried in his November 2016 post, ‘Musty, dusty books & the goldmines that lie within’ is too important to ignore.
Phil must have known that he was delving into murky waters when he mused that “a more serious breach of the non-political stance of the service occurred when the District Commissioner of Bougainville, Des Ashton, used the local station, Radio Bougainville, to attack individuals in the community opposed to mining and land alienation.”
IT’S been a while since my last appearance in PNG Attitude and I own some guilt feelings because skimming through the blog is not the same as sharing articles with readers and regular contributors and commenters.
I’ve spent most of my time over the past two years trying to fulfil my career vision as a Bougainville diocesan media operative.
This has included trying to get a radio station running for the Catholic Diocese of Bougainville and at the same keeping the office providing its daily services.
It’s been a great challenge but we now have all our radio equipment here awaiting installation in the coming months.
AS Papua New Guinea celebrated International Women’s Day recently, my attention turned to the important role in our society of those skillfully netted strings bags known as bilums.
No-one knows when that twine was originally twisted and looped to obtain a robust string bag but we do know that its usefulness and beauty has extended forward in time to continue to be of significance even today.
The prominent British anthropological couple, Marilyn and Andrew Strathern, who spent years in the highlands of PNG, thought the bilum was a result of the practice of spirit worship as they observed women looping the string while singing ritual chants.
THE result of June's national election will determine the future of Papua New Guinea and it is important that voters are well informed about the issues that are critical to the nation through informed, open public debate.
It is also important to ensure that the conduct of the election itself is free and fair and that electoral systems and processes are transparent and subject to international and domestic public scrutiny.
The adoption of appropriate policies is the key to getting Papua New Guinea back on track, not grandiose schemes, vote-buying and sweet-talk.
VERONICA Weiang is quietly optimistic of her chances in the upcoming national elections after attending week long Practice Parliament for women conducted by UNDP, the National Parliament and the Office of Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates.
Veronica was among 50 women selected from more than 200 applicants who applied to be trained in parliamentary process, the norms of governance and political debate and policy decisions.
The training was conducted at the Gateway Hotel which ended with a mock parliament broadcast live on FM100 Radio.
Veronica said attending the training has provided her the opportunity to bond with many other Papua New Guinean women leaders from around the country and to create a lasting network of friendship.
PRESIDENT of the Autonomous Bougainville Government Chief Dr John Momis has announced his support of the new Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL), which has shaken itself off after the sudden exit of Rio Tinto last year.
The government believes BCL has stepped away from the post-colonial, pre-crisis model that left Bougainville at a disadvantage.
The company is now partly owned by the Bougainville government, the PNG government, Panguna landowners, the people of Bougainville and minority private shareholders and, together with the landowners, it still plans to redevelop the defunct Panguna copper and gold mine for the benefit of Bougainville.
PAPUA New Guinea has some history of being associated with the supernatural.
Our forefathers believed in magic, practiced it and passed it down through the generations until they were challenged by the arrival of missionaries in the 1800s.
Most people in PNG believe in Sanguma, the local term for witchcraft or black magic, and anyone you ask has a story to tell. The belief is widespread among the highly educated and the illiterate – a connection shared with some African nations.
Supposed witches have been tortured and burnt by groups of men often supported by village elders. The torture is somewhat common in most parts of the country.
PUBLIC Service Minister Sir Puka Temu (pictured) and departmental Secretary John Kali will lead a top delegation of agency heads to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville to execute a memorandum of understanding with the Autonomous Bougainville Government for the drawdown of powers set out in the Bouganville Peace Agreement.
This follows agreement that the Papua New Guinea national government will devolve a lot more of its powers to the ABG including human resource management, education, labour and employment, agriculture and livestock, communications and information, community development, arts and culture, health, tourism, and environment and conservation.
Mr Kali emphasised that the most important ingredient was the development of capacity in the Bougainville public service in terms of its institutions and public servants so the new powers are effectively assumed and utilised for the good of the people in the province.
WITH only three women currently in parliament out of 111 MPs, an intending candidate for Central Province, Rufina Peter, says she believes more women in the House will reduce political corruption.
"I think having more women in politics and in parliament will be a start towards minimising or reducing the levels of corruption in government,” Rufina Peter said.
“Female politicians will be more concerned about being transparent and to hold leaders to account for certain decisions that they make while holding public office."
Here's my talk from last night's Brisbane launch of My Walk to Equality, organised superbly by Murray Bladwell and attended by a standing room only crowd who purchased every available book. So it was two great launches in Port Moresby and Australia for this wonderful first collection of writing by Papua New Guinean women
THE PNG Attitude blog began in 2006 as a small-scale effort to connect people who had attended the Australian School of Pacific Administration, ASOPA.
The full story of the blog can be found in Phil Fitzpatrick’s entertaining book, ‘Fighting for a Voice’ (Pukpuk Publications, 2016), which you can download for free.
ASOPA was a training place for kiaps, teachers and other professionals sent to work in the then Territory of Papua and New Guinea and the people who graduated there had a fine esprit de corps that kept them in touch with each other down the years.
IF THE body is made from the foods we eat, then the beauty of the poems we pen, the elegance of the prose we write and the majesty of the books we author can be said to be derived from the books we read.
The ideas, imagery and anecdotes from books, speeches and newspapers are the raw materials that the brain needs to weave its creative magic to mint ideas to fill the blank page.
The creative soul needs a constant dose of good books for reading, to replenish the mental stock. Reading and writing are symbiotic twins. To write well, one needs to read well from literature’s vast spectrum.
There you lie beneath that tree of life
Daydreaming about a beautiful wife
Dwarfs scold you and ask for a fight
How long will you be in the night?
Wake up and give life a true meaning
Acknowledge the potentials of your being
Four decades far too long for a big man
Just to sleep and think of a good wife
See if those dwarfs can really fight
And if the fruits are worth tasting
Weigh them all on your shoulder
Wait not when you get older
NOOSA mayor Tony Wellington, just one year in the job, has strongly endorsed a project initiated by the Simbu provincial government to establish a relationship between the people of Simbu in Papua New Guinea and Noosa Shire in Australia.
Cr Wellington also advised that two of his six councillors expressed enthusiasm about participating personally in Projek Wantok (Project Friendship) and will do so.
He was responding formally to an invitation from Simbu Governor, Hon Noah Kool Yalba MP, to sanction the project at an official level.
“I would like to extend the hand of friendship to yourself and the people of Simbu on behalf of Noosa Council and its residents,” Cr Wellington wrote.
COMMUNITIES in the South Fly District of Papua New Guinea’s Western Province are suffering from a leadership vacuum created by the lack of political leadership according Jamie Namorong, a prominent community leader from Malam village in the Trans-Fly.
Jamie Namorong stated that the lack of political leadership coupled with geographical challenges has led to the decline of service delivery in his district.
He said the departure of the PNG Sustainable Development Program from the province has resulted in the decline in mobile communications coverage and many communities that once had access are now cut off from the rest of the world.
AS WE prepare for the forthcoming national elections, many candidates and parties are coming out of the woodwork ready to take our people again on a journey that we assume to be a date with destiny.
Our people are being led and hyped to believe that 21 April ,when the writs for the elections will be issued, will be a point at which some dramatic things will happen in our country and in our people’s lives.
Come 21 April a carnival-like atmosphere will grip our nation and our people. Singsing groups will abound and pigs aplenty will be slaughtered. A lot of pronouncements, declarations and promises will be made. A lot of tension and allegations will fly around and, judging from past experience, we might even witness violence.
This will be all in the name of electing members of parliament who we look forward to represent us and provide leadership.
THE kundu is an ancient message drum that tells the stories and histories of communities – which makes it a perfect symbol for a documentary company.
For the documentary production company I have founded, Kundu Productions, it has an even more special significance.
That’s because the kundu drum is from Papua New Guinea, the land of my birth and a country whose earliest known history, culture and customs were chronicled by my pioneer great grandparents.
My great grandfather, the Denmark-born Richard Parkinson, was a prolific anthropologist and author whose most classic tome ‘Thirty Years in the South Seas’ is the quintessential record of early New Guinea. His collaborator and interpreter for this and many other works was his wife Phebe Parkinson.
From Eden to Windsor Castle - the amazing life of Sir Oswald Brierly by Bob Lawrence, 76 pages, full colour, $30 plus $5 postage and packaging. Benjamin Boyd by Bob Lawrence, second edition, 36 pages, B&W, $20 plus $5 postage and packaging. Available from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can order both books for a discounted $45
CAPTAIN Owen Stanley, after whom the fine mountain range just north of Port Moresby is named, made two survey trips into the Torres Strait between 1848 and 1850.
On these voyages, he was accompanied by his official marine artist, Oswald Brierly, and now I have been able to tell his story.
EMTV reporter Serah Aupong was a busy person at last week’s book launch of My Walk to Equality in Port Moresby.
And the package she put together on the book and on Papua New Guinean writers for EMTV News was a model of condensing a big event into a sharp-edged news feature.
Serah's piece, neatly entitled ‘Rising Papua New Guinean Writers, was the second story on EMTV’s Sunday night news.
WITH Noosa Council giving its blessing to a Simbu-initiated scheme in which people in Noosa Shire will cooperate across a range of projects with people in Simbu Province, more details have been released in a draft project document.
The pioneering scheme was proposed by the Simbu provincial government in the Papua New Guinea highlands following a visit to Noosa by a group of PNG writers and journalists last year.
Responding to a letter from provincial governor Noah Kool, a member of the national parliament of PNG, Noosa mayor Tony Wellington said the Simbu people had a reputation for dynamism, resilience and a positive attitude towards blending the benefits of the modern world with the values of their traditional lives.
The PNG Adventurous Training Guide 2017 by Reg Yates RFD, self published, Melbourne, February 2017. You can contact Reg Yates here
RETIRED Australian Army Captain Reg Yates RFD, one of the most experienced trek leaders operating in Papua New Guinea, has produced a first-rate guide for people planning to walk through some of the most difficult and interesting country in PNG.
The 48-page guide is for experienced trekkers, familiar with walking in Papua New Guinea or who work with knowledgeable with PNG villagers, and for Australian Defence Force personnel.
THE trajectory of Papua New Guinea as a failing state now seems fairly well established.
The dismal failure of successive PNG governments to deliver honest and competent government must inevitably have consequences.
The developments referred to in Michael Main’s article, ‘PNG gets a dose of resource curse as LNG project foments unrest’, may be the first major symptom of a developing socio-economic catastrophe.
Even if the PNG Defence Force and Royal PNG Constabulary had the will to seriously intervene in this dispute in Hela Province, they seem unlikely to have the capacity to usefully do so.
THIS is women’s literature advocacy, PNG-style.
After an initial cordial reception, the donor-distributor element of the My Walk to Equality project (donors buy and distribute the books themselves) prompted a senior female manager to baulk.
Possibly thinking I was insinuating of myself with stealth-like prowl into her personal (that is, organisation’s) purse.
Her method in dealing with this discomfort was to execute a swift block on my emails thus eradicating further correspondence.
I snorted like a ravenous hyena when I observed this senior female manager and a subordinate or two pounce on the invitation to the book launch.
‘Gummi’ Fridriksson is the CEO and a director of Paga Hill Development Company and both he and the company have been great supporters of literature in PNG. Without their early sponsorship of My Walk to Equality this landmark publishing project would have been much more difficult to accomplish. He made these remarks at last Wednesday’s book launch….
THE Paga Hill Development Company is very proud to be able to support such an important publication and event.
We wholeheartedly congratulate the authors, all women of Papua New Guinea, on the significant milestone achievement of My Walk to Equality.
Their stories are now proudly published for current and future generations to enjoy and learn from and gain inspiration from.
As she read 'My Walk to Equality', the first collection of women’s writing from Papua New Guinea for which she wrote a Foreword, Tanya Zeriga-Alone derived some key pointers to guide women on their complex societal journey. This is a lightly edited version of her talk at the launch of the book in Port Moresby on International Women's Day last Wednesday.....
CONGRATULATIONS to all the women who brought 'My Walk to Equality' to fruition. All the women in the book are great story tellers.
I went through different emotions in the course of reading this book. From anger to sadness to tears and just a choked up feeling, but I learnt a lot.
The theme for International Women’s Day was Be Bold for Change. The launching of the anthology on this day is a bold step toward equality for woman in Papua New Guinea.
The anthology contains the stories of women who are already creating a better and stronger PNG.
Curious like a hen
Cuckooing around a bit of worm
I am full of words, inside I’m battling to death
Trying to reach you, in black and white truth
Of the country’s politics and games
Of the hero’s narratives and fames
In my head there is a throbbing ache
The truth is a pain; I’ve reached out more than once
Told you so many times
Will telling you make a change, the world a better place?
Unfeeling, daring brave, facing the world telling them
Stories of happenings then and now
Of who and what and how
Like today a cow gives a shit in two toea penny bits
On Mount Sogeri’s pastoral greeneries
Laughable, angry for your sake
Just so you know sometimes I have to fake
Out of the blue stories, who gives a heck?
Cows shit story is a piece of cake
I please hungry money making company
THE Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas (LNG) project is the largest resource extraction project in the Asia-Pacific region.
Constructed at a stated cost of US$19 billion, it's operated by ExxonMobil in joint venture with Oil Search and four other partners.
The project extracts natural gas from the Papua New Guinea highlands, where it is processed before being sent via some 700 kilometres of pipeline to a plant near the nation's capital, Port Moresby. The gas is then liquefied and transferred into ships for sale offshore.
Construction for the project began in 2010, and the first gas shipment was made in May 2014.
AUSTRALIA’S increasingly tricky relationship with Papua New Guinea could be about to get more difficult.
The PNG government has asked Australia to directly fund its health and education spending after it suffered a severe economic downturn and was forced to make major budget cuts.
PNG used the 25th ministerial forum between the two countries to ask Australia to shift its $500 million of annual aid away from narrowly-focused programs into helping fund its health, education and infrastructure priorities.
Planning Minister Charles Abel said the shift was something that had been discussed for some time.
28 FEBRUARY 2017 will do down in our diaries as one of the most memorable events in our writing journey.
The lingering thrill and sheer delight of our first meeting with Keith Jackson was overwhelming. It was like a dream come true. We’d always wanted to meet him.
We are a small team of writers in Goroka but the welcome was warm. The team met in Tess Flaherty Hall at the University of Goroka at lunchtime and waited anxiously for the visitors (seen in the photo below at the Daulo Pass) to arrive.
Around 1: 30 pm the Jacksons entered the hall. It was truly an honour to meet and shake hands with this great man. Present to welcome and meet the Jackson family were Bomai Witne, Lorraine Basse, Joe Kuman, Ann-Marie Wanamp, Nicola Daniel and Dominica Are.
I’M A vegetarian, a vegan, in fact, have been for most of my life.
This means that I don’t eat any animal products like fish, meat or milk or anything made from them like cheese. I also don’t use animal products like leather. I’m happy and healthy with my diet and lifestyle.
I’ve got nothing against eating meat or dairy products. My problem is the way they are produced, in particular the cruelty involved, especially the mass production methods like feed lots and tiny pens and cages.
Through Governor Noah Kool, a member of the national parliament of Papua New Guinea, the people of Simbu initiated an approach to Noosa mayor Tony Wellington seeking his council’s endorsement of a joint community initiative, designated as Projek Wantok (Project Friendship). The mayor has advised that he will be writing to Governor Kool to accept the invitation. We reproduce an edited version of the governor’s letter….
LAST year, a group of Papua New Guinean writers – including the eminent Simbu author Mr Francis Nii – visited your lovely shire and had the pleasure of meeting both you and the Queensland parliamentarian, Hon Glen Elmes MP.
I received reports of this encounter and of the group’s successful and pleasurable visit to Noosa Shire, and I also heard about the character of your council and its commitment to the environment, to the arts and to the overall well-being of the community.
LANDS Minister Benny Allen is blocking the implementation of government decisions to end the so-called ‘special leases’ land grab and return stolen land to its customary owners.
Since 2013, prime minister Peter O’Neill has repeatedly promised the unlawful leases will be cancelled and in June 2014 the National Executive Council endorsed the recommendation from a Commission of Inquiry that the leases be revoked.
But Benny Allen (pictured) and the Department of Lands are still stalling action and have failed to cancel any leases.
ACCESS to electric power is one of Papua New Guinea’s most significant development challenges.
Oil Search’s recent focus on the electricity sector in PNG is a strategic response to this challenge.
With its new power business, the company aims to deliver financially sustainable power solutions that will strengthen and build the capacity of providers, promote greater energy reliability for industries and deliver cleaner and affordable electricity.
Michael Uiari (pictured), head of business development with Oil Search Power Holdings, said it is logical for the company to offer its in-country project management and operating expertise to help find solutions for the government to improve access to electricity.
The first collection of writing by Papua New Guinean women, My Walk to Equality, was launched last night before 80 people at a high-spirited event at The Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby. The book’s editor, Rashmii Amoah Bell, could not be there and her speech was delivered by Cr Ingrid Jackson. The launch - which included a number of powerful presentations by leading women - was scheduled to coincide with International Women’s Day. The book will also be launched at the Mary Ryan bookshop at Milton in Brisbane next Thursday
TO the brilliant 44 Papua New Guinean women writers. To Keith Jackson and Philip Fitzpatrick. Well we did it!
I extend my apologies for my absence from this Port Moresby launch of our milestone publication. If there is anything I am more devoted to than reading, writing and praising God Almighty, it is my young family and fulfilling my daily responsibilities to my three children.
And so I thank Councillor Ingrid Jackson who has kindly agreed to convey these words on my behalf to this wonderful gathering celebrating the publication of My Walk to Equality.
LAST Saturday morning at around 10 o’clock two vehicles passed my hamlet at the entrance of the Panguna mine’s pit drainage tunnel.
On them were faces I knew from Konnuku Village, downstream from the Panguna tailings carried along in the Kabarong River. All the faces were angry and showed there was a purpose to their run.
That purpose became clear on Monday. An entire family homestead was torched. The victims lost all their property and valuables, including money, to the fire.
IT’S a privilege to attend the launch of this anthology, My Walk to Equality.
This important collection gives practical and insightful meaning to our shared goal of gender equality.
I join with others in congratulating all those involved in the project, including editor Rashmii Amoah Bell, the 45 Papua New Guinean women writers involved and Keith Jackson.
The anthology is a timely vehicle through which the contributing writers have been able to express themselves and speak out about issues that matter, deeply, to all societies.