120212legal year opened
By Aloysius Laukai
Bougainville region joined the rest of the country in launching the 2012 legal year at Hahela catholic parish on Bukai island.
The ceremony started with the legal fratenity marching from the ABG offices in Kubu to the HAHELA CHURCH where the Bishop of Bougainville,Bishop Benard Unabali.
Two national court judges,Justice John Kawi and acting judge David Maliku witnessed the ceremony.
Speakers included the Bishop who talked on the church's Justice and peace initiative on Bougainville.
Bougainville regional member whos choir sang at the mass,ABG LLG minister,Joe Nopei, lawyer's representative,Thomas Tamusio, ABG President,JOHN MOMIS And Justice John Kawi.
Pictured are the members of the legal fraternity marching to church this morning.
Picture by Aloysius Laukai
By Aloysius Laukai
The philiphine team arrived on Buka this morning but were unable to travel to Arawa due to bad weather.
It has been raining for a week and the rivers are flooded between Buka and Arawa.
Pictured is team leader RAYMUND B.PUYAT talking to Protocol officer Philiph Kiha at the Buka airport.
080212Philipines investors visit Bougainville
By New Dawn Media:
AN investment delegation from Philippines will arrive in Buka on Friday to explore direct investment, trade and commercial ties with Bougainville.
Bougainville president John Momis said the group’s interest covers potential investment in agriculture, banking, shipping, tourism, fisheries and mining.
He said the group comprising eight business executives and leading politicians will have the opportunity to develop direct trade links with the Bougainville government and business community.
Momis said their visit is another positive indicator that Bougainville is well on the road to political and broad based economic recovery.
He assured that Bougainville is open for creditable business and investment opportunities.
The delegation will start with a full day briefing by the president and ABG officials followed by a trip to Arawa, Aropa airport, Kieta Wharf and Loloho sites in Central Bougainville.
Momis said some of the investors will travel to Siwai, Kangu and Tonolei in South Bougainville to explore investment opportunities particularly in pineapple production.
He added that the private sector business groups in Bougainville will have the opportunity to have one on one dialogue with potential business partners.
Momis urged that it is now up to the people of Bougainville to demonstrate maturity and embrace the opportunities that will come their way.
080212 OUTBREAK IN MOTLOCK
By Tapo Tovilu
A case of serous diarrhoea has been reported in the islands of Motlock in the atolls of Bougainville.
Disaster Coordinator Franklin Lacey has confirmed that two medical officers will be travelling to the atolls to asses and treat the outbreak.
He says currently the disaster office has no official report on the situation and how many have been affected.
Mr Lacey says MV Bougainville Atolls will be fairing the medical team to the atolls but funding has not been made available as yet.
New Dawn FM will be monitoring the situation in the atolls.
Three sister ships of the now sunken MV RABAUL QUEEN are still berthed at Buka wharf whilst talks between Rabaul Shipping continues for the release of these vessels.
Yesterday,NEW DAWN FM managed to talk to spokesmen for the grieving relatives of those who perished and Excombatant leader, john angamata assured us that they would releade the boats as soon as everything is sorted out between the shipping company.
He said they were on board the ships to provide security for the crews and the ships.
He said because of the tense situation the last thing they want to see is for some opportunists to use this situation to damage the ships.
Mr.Angamata said that they would meet again this morning to discuss the next course of action.
070212 Power outage
By Aloysius Laukai
Load shedding by Png power has been very unfair in the last two days and is getting worse.
Yesterday power was switched off at 2pm and did not come on untill aftermidnight.
And again power went off after 12midday and is still off whilst power on other areas are on.
The continous power fluctations have in the past damaged many of our broadcast equipments and the continious outages are killing business.
We are in the process of seeking legal advice in suing PNG POWER for providing unrealiable power service.
Otherwise some good and reliable power supplier can be established in the region.
Its better to operate a reliable service then clinging on to an unreliable and fluactuating energy.
After all we are so called AUTONOMOUS.
by Aloysius Laukai
The Autonomous Bougainville Government has dissassociated itself from activities of ex combatants and relatives of Mv Rabaul Queen passengers now holding 3 ships owned by Peter Sharp in Buka.
Chief ABG legal officer,CHRIS SIRIOSI told a meeting of relatives and ex combatants in Buka that the ABG was not involved in the holding of ships.
He said that the action was by relatives and ex combatants who are demanding to see PETER SHARP in Buka.
Chris Siriosi said that the ABG was interested in helping Bougainvilleans who were affected by the accident.
Meanwhile the Bougainville Disaster office is operating 24 hours to give information on the accident.