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A notice from a Coalition of civil society groups dated 17/05/16, was circulated nation wide on email and social media urging the public and work force to come to a stand still. This was in a desperate attempt to stamp down on the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Peter O’Niell to step aside from office for alleged corrupt dealings.

It was in support of the UPNG (University of Papua New Guinea) boycotting classes to petition the Prime Minister to step down from office.

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Beldan Namah calls for PNG to remove PM

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The Papua New Guinea opposition MP who launched the successful challenge to the Manus Island asylum seeker detention centre has called for the removal of the prime minister Peter O’Neill.

In 2014, the then opposition leader Belden Namah challenged the deal between Australia and PNG to open the Manus centre for offshore processing of asylum seekers who had tried to reach Australia.

PNG’s Supreme Court last month ruled that the Manus arrangement was illegal.

Belden Namah said the ruling nearly three weeks ago showed that Mr O’Neill attempted to vandalise and compromise PNG’s constitution to serve the policy interests of a foreign government.

While the prime minister declared following the ruling that the centre would be closed, the governments of PNG and Australia have yet to settle on what to do with the asylum seekers and refugees still on Manus.

Mr Namah said he was giving the PNG and Australian governments three months to close down the facility.

Furthermore, he has called on Mr O’Neill to resign due to what he describes as mounting governance and economic crises.

The Vanimo-Green River MP was also partly responsible for another successful Supreme Court challenge against an O’Neill government initiative.

The 30-month grace period amendment, which further protected PNG’s government from motions of no-confidence in parliament, was declared unconstitutional last year.

Belden Namah cited the latest ruling as further evidence that Peter O’Neill was prepared to compromise and vandalize the constitution to build his personal wealth while the country was brought to its knees.

Defending the constitution

Mr Namah’s call came as police fraud squad detectives recently made a series of high profile arrests linked to a major fraud case implicating the prime minister.

The probe stems from investigations by the anti-corruption unit Taskforce Sweep.

An arrest warrant was secured in 2014, but fraud detectives remain stayed from arresting Mr O’Neill on that charge by a judicial review still before the courts.

Claiming PNG needs an urgent rescue, Mr Namah said he and his colleagues in opposition had done all they could to defend the constitution and hold the prime minister accountable, but that the people must take the country back.

“The whole country needs to rally behind the university students, and the PNG anti – corruption police and Task Force Sweep Team and demand the immediate resignation of the Prime Minister,” said Mr Namah.

The prime minister has repeatedly claimed his innocence over the fraud case and denied there was any evidence of wrongdoing on his part.

However Mr Namah said the Prime Minister must clear himself from allegations of corruption through the institutions of state that have worked very well for 40 years since independence.

“Papua New Guinea will be no more if this man, Peter O’Neill is allowed one more day in office” he said at a press conference in Port Moresby yesterday.

The former opposition leader said a new government or prime minister was needed as a matter of urgency to review, reform and take corrective measures to the economy and save the nation from total collapse.

“Our corruption index rating has gone over the roof, our economic and financial rating nosedived to negative value, and as an investment destination, we have withered away”.

Vetting committee is unconstitutional

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Now we have a vetting committee in Papua New Guinea that screens high profile police investigations before any arrests can be made.

This committee was set up after the suspension of the PNG Fraud Squad by PNG’s police commissioner Gary Baki following a series of high-profile arrests made by the fraud squad last month.

Head of fraud squad Mathew Damaru and his colleagues allegedly were accused by Police commissioner Gary Baki of procedural breaches and reminding them of the conditions for reopening the Fraud Squad operations; that all high-profile cases be presented to a vetting committee before arrests can be warranted.

A lawyer representing Papua New Guinea’s police fraud squad says conditions around vetting “high profile” investigations is suspicious. Mr Damaru’s lawyer McRonald Nale said the vetting committee condition was unconstitutional.

So how do you define the word high-profile?

It is actually discriminating against the citizens of Papua New Guinea. If the police is investigating the Prime Minister or an unemployed youth, the law should apply to everyone regardless of stature.

Frankly there is nothing in the Papua New Guinea constitution or the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Act which specify that all police personnel must inform the Police Commissioner first before they carry out any arrest on citizens and leaders of this country.

There is nothing in the RPNGC Act or the PNG Constitution which says that court judges, Members of Parliament and lawyers are subject to arrest only under the Police Commissioner’s discretion while ordinary citizens are subject to the harsh law of being beaten up first and charged later.

Coincidently, the Police Commissioners office is politically appointed and one and can be subject to manipulation and dictation from higher powers to get the outcome needed to conceal corruption practices.

No right thinking citizen should tolerate such one sided tactics from the government leaders and politically motivated decisions, when we all are equal in status and come under one organic law regardless of ethnicity, qualification, wealth or fame.

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UNICEF supports data collection

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Through the use of mobile phone-based data collection and advocacy initiatives, UNICEF is supporting government departments in Papua New Guinea to collect and communicate vital data via RapidPro to inform policy decisions.

RapidPro is UNICEF’s mobile phone based system for real-time data collection for improved monitoring of service delivery. It is a communication engine to power connections among decision makers, frontline workers and government partners.

UNCEF is driving efforts with government, NGOs and the private sector to identify and scale up technological, scientific and programmatic innovations that can contribute to high benefits for marginalized children.

Using RapidPro, government departments are collecting a broad range of real time data from school enrolment numbers to inform about district level funding and cases of juvenile justice.

Outgoing UNICEF country representative to Papua New Guinea Baba Danbappa said, “UNIFEF’s quality data was needed for successful implementation of projects and programmes in the country.”

“UNICEF has also introduced to DIRD two modern systems and technologies, the Rapid Pro mobile SMS technology to be used as a pre-monitoring tool for collecting sectoral data from districts and Devinfo programme for generating district information.” He said.

UNICEF is supporting the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD) to strengthen data collection, monitoring and service delivery at the district and provincial level. Once at scale, the initiative will reach 1,162 government administrators. By enabling DIRD to collect real-time data, RapidPro will help increase the responsiveness of Government to the needs of district level authorities and ensure greater accountability for spending. Data collection is ongoing in seven districts, and will be scaled up to other districts in May and June of 2016. Data collected through the system will be linked to the DevInfo data management system and will help inform policy development.

To ensure sustainability, officers from DIRD and stakeholder government agencies were trained on the use of Devinfo and Rapid pro mobile short message services (SMS) systems for the purpose of continuation of district information management systems projects. Mr. Danbabba said, “This training would equip the officers on what sort of information is required for collection and how they would go about to get those data needed for the service delivery in a district or province.”

Free online training on how to use RAPID PRO mobile SMS system Click here…

Mangrove replanting in SI and PNG


WWF with support from the Australian Government’s overseas aid program managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has been working with communities and local government in Manus Province and Madang Lagoon in Papua New Guinea and in Gizo (capital of Western Province in Solomon Islands) to plant and rehabilitate mangroves. By doing so we will be conserving biodiversity, enhancing climate change resilience and disaster risk reduction in these coastal communities, with the aim to improve livelihoods of these coastal communities. WWF Programmes

I caught up with Turamunij Merrick on Facebook and discovered that Mangrove nursery was erected over the weekend by the local villagers at Ulingan, Madang, Papua New Guinea and some planting have already taken place at the bay inlet. Picture courtesy of  Turamunj Merrick Facebook .


How to Turn an Old Android Device into a Security Camera

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One of the best uses for an old Android device is to turn it into a security webcam that can be accessed over the internet. But most of the time, this is a rather difficult process, because existing apps usually require you to mess around with network settings and configure a personal web server.

Thankfully, a new app from Perch Technologies has finally taken all of the hassle out of setting up a home monitor. It lets you turn your old phone or tablet into a live-streaming webcam, complete with cloud DVR features and motion detection, and I’ll show you how to set it up.  Read more…

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Fiber Optic Hack


You would think Fiber optic systems were the solution to optimum data security since the replacement of hard wire. However, it is possible that intruders can tap into a fiber optic system without detection. Some loop holes were identified by Kimberlie Witcher at the University Mary Washington in a submission titled “FIBER OPTICS AND ITS SECURITY VULNERABILITIES”  It may not be a completely simple task, but with the right equipment,knowledge and access, it could probably be achieved by a mid-level hacker. Data security will always be a problem. Intruders not only have a variety of reasons for stealing or manipulating data, but also a variety of methods to obtain the data. Constant and up to date awareness and knowledge of the current risks and solutions is essential to ensure that all data is as secure as technically and financially possible.