291113TEPASUNA SPORTS FINALS
B Aloysius Laukai
Teapasuna Sports Association in the Tinputz District held their finals this week.
This Association was established this year and their season was a success according to Lawrence Banae from Teapasuna and who also covered this first closing.
Finals were for Volle Ball and Soccer.
In soccer Estol Club from Iokomori village won by beating Tabis club from Namatoa with 1 point to nil.
In volleyball Kruts won LSK 3 sets to nil.
Games ended with presentations and everybody was happy and are looking forward to the next season in the new year.
Pictured are Estol Players the winners..Pic by Lawrence Banae
291113 CANADIAN POLICE CARRY OUT INVESTIGATIONS IN BOUGAINVILLE.
By Alex Munme
A team of four Canadian Police Investigators are in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville to carry out investigations on Canadian Companies operating in Bougainville and to find out if they are operating legally.
Bougainville’s Acting President Albert Punghau told a Press conference in Buka yesterday that these Canadian Investigators were carrying investigations on possible breaches by the Canadian Companies operating in Bougainville under the Canadian Law-the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act 1998 and are here at their own initiative.
Under the Canadian Law Canadian Companies and citizens must not be allowed to use bribery or corruption to get advantage when doing business in developing countries and countries re-building after conflict like Bougainville.
The team of Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigators include; two Police Crime Investigators, one Lawyer and a Police Liaison Officer.
The Acting President while welcoming the team said they will conduct investigations only and whether or not criminal charges will be laid depending on the outcome of their findings.
He said that although it’s a Canadian Law it is intended to help places like Bougainville who do not have the capacity to scrutinize investors trying to come into Bougainville.
Mr. Punghau added that section 15 of the Bougainville Constitution directs full cooperation on similar operations to ensure that Bougainville is not used in any way to support terrorism or money laundering or other trans-national crimes and no people in Bougainville should support or assist terrorism or money laundering or other trans-national crimes.
He said that the Constitution also commits all Bougainvilleans to work to eliminate universal problems in Bougainville including corruption.
He called on the ABG and Bougainvilleans particularly Bougainville Administration Officials, current and former ABG Ministers to cooperate during the investigations.
Meanwhile, the Acting Chief Administrator, Chris Siriosi, while sharing the same sentiments, said that the Bougainville Administration has been directed to cooperate in full with the team.
He said that Bougainville’s mineral resources were one of its main sources of wealth and it is wrong for foreigners to try to get access to that wealth unfairly by corrupt practices. He said the focus of the investigation is whether that has occurred here.
Mr. Siriosi said the investigation is based Canadian own interest and initiative and is not the result of any complaint by the ABG.
281113BY ELECTION ON SCHEDULE
By Aloysius Laukai
The ABG By-Election for the five vacant seats is on schedule according to the Bougainville Acting Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU.
He told New Dawn FM this afternoon that Polling is on schedule and will start from Wednesday 4th December and will run for the next five days.
The Electoral Commissioner said that because of the Mountainous terrain of Kongara the polling there will be for Seven days.
MR. MANU also announced that the ABG has made amendment to the Polling time from 8 am to 6pm to a new timing from 8am to 4pm.
He said that this law will be applied during the By election and on the 2015 ABG Elections.
The ABG electoral Commissioner also announced that all countings will be made in Buka.
On the Outstanding payments from the 2012 National Elections, MR. MANU said that the National Government has allocated 20Million Kina for all outstanding payments in Papua New Guinea including Bougainville.
And payments will be settled before Christmas.
271113HEALTH SUMMIT OPENED
By Aloysius Laukai
The two-days Health/Donor Partners summit was officially opened by the ABG Minister for Finance, Planning and Treasury and Acting President, ALBERT PUNGHAU at the Kuri village resort this morning.
In his opening remarks, MR. PUNGHAU expressed his utmost gratitude to all donors and participants of the first ever summit to be held in Buka.
He said that the people of Bougainville through their government is happy for their presence and be able to deliberate in presenting and discussing priorities in Health that may need external donor support over the next five years.
The Acting President said that he was able to note the intended outcome of the donor summit in that there are clear intentions as defined by the summit goals and objectives.
To the external participants, MR. PUNGHAU said that he was pleased that their input as experts of various activities in the public service is of paramount importance.
He said their input were very important to Bougainville and to develop a realistic Health service delivery mechanism that can serve the people of Bougainville better was what Bougainville wants to see especially our efforts to serve the women and children who are most vulnerable to common infections.
And to the local participants, MR. PUNGHAU called on them to provide to the summit the reality of the challenges, constraints and what ever other impediments that they encounter at the work place fairly to our donor partners for their consideration, been the implementers of government policies, and objectives.
He said that he trusts that you will express your experiences to the donor summit realistically and constructively.
On the part of the ABG Health system, the acting President informed the donors that the ABG wants to make all sectors focus more on the family unit and therefore the Health division will be the one that will be accountable to the demands for health services by the people at the village level and that is where 95percent of Bougainville’s population live.
He said that the system should take account of improving accessibility to basic and even secondary health services by all persons who have the need for, it should critically identify loop holes, constraints and challenges with the current system.
The Acting President said that he hoped that the system is designed to address efficiency and effectiveness of the important core government resources.