China teen killing sparks internet boot camp debate

Source: BBC

A murder case in China, in which a teenager reportedly tied up and killed her mother after being sent to an internet addiction treatment centre, has sparked shock across the country.

The teenager, from the northern province of Heilongjiang, had “tied the victim up in a chair until she died” on 16 September, local police say, without giving further details about the death.

The 16-year-old, identified in media reports by a psuedonym, Chen Xin, has handed herself in to the police.

Local media say Chen Xin had been sent to an academy in Shandong, more than 1,000 km (600 miles) from her home, that specialised in “treating addictions and rebellious youths” – and which had a particular reputation for treating internet addictions.

She claimed in an online blog that she had been bundled into a car by two men and taken to the academy against her will, where she was held for four months, news outlet The Paper reported.

She also alleged there were frequent student beatings at the centre, and students were forced to “eat in front of the toilet bowl” as a form of punishment, The Paper added.

Local education officials say they are now investigating the college. The college has denied any corporal punishment.

The incident has sparked outrage online about China’s youth treatment centres, and debate about how parents should raise their children.

The Paper said it had interviewed several former students at the college who alleged abuse.

Many said they were beaten for not following orders, with one saying they were beaten “black and blue” for being found with a cigarette.

Others said they were sometimes forbidden to sleep, and forced to stand until the early hours of the morning.

One student said her parents paid 30,000 RMB to enroll her for a year and she lived “a life without dignity”.

Several news outlets have since sought to enter the school or seek interviews, but have been refused, state run newspaper People’s Daily reported.

‘Military-style discipline’

Internet boot camps became widely publicised in China in 2014, as there were reports of an increase in the number of young people suffering from insomnia and depression.

The camps involved “physical training and psychological counselling, as well as the prescription of drugs if doctors consider it necessary,” the South China Morning Post reported.

Within the camps, students mainly take part in military drills, and “practical” work (such as chopping vegetables), to improve their “bad” physical shape.

However, people have criticised the “harsh treatment and military-style discipline enforced on teenagers” at some camps, the SCMP says.

‘Tragedy’

The allegations of abuse at the centre have provoked online outrage, with thousands of users expressing anger Chen Xin’s parents.

One user whose post was widely praised said: “Everyone knows that parents play a major role in their child’s development, this environment acted as a catalyst towards two people undeserving of the title ‘parents’.”

Another social media user, whose comment received over 1,000 likes, said: “You do not treat your children… like animals”.

However, some have expressed shock that Chen Xin killed her mother, with one saying: “I do not support matricide”.

Meanwhile, media commentators have called the story a “tragedy” that highlights the lack of proper counselling and support available for families.

The Beijing Times warns parents to “wake up” to the risks of sending their children to such treatment centres.

“Do not send your children to such a ‘cage'” it says. “Using violent means only further hurts a child.”

A People’s Daily commentator, ‘Xiaojiang Suixiang’, said: “Some parents are left helpless by internet addicted children, and there is a lack of formal, professional psychological counselling in communities, which lead to ‘wild routes’.”

Oro treasury office ransacked

Source: LoopPNG

The Oro Provincial Treasury Office was broken into on Wednesday (21/09/16) night following a clean-up exercise by the Oro Provincial Government into the Provincial Treasury.

A frustrated Governor Gary Juffa stated that the continued effort to address corruption in Oro has uncovered what appears to be a syndicate of individuals including administration, treasury and bank staff collaborating with criminals and other private citizens to defraud the province and the people of their funds and is revealing interesting names.

Juffa said the most recent break into the provincial Treasury office was yet another indicator that certain people in Oro who are involved were hell bent on covering their tracks but added this would not deter the work his office was undertaking with the police.

He said for too long Oro had been in the grips of criminals who have found ways to bypass processes and procedures and checks to steal public funds and the result has been a province stagnated in the past 40 years.

These were actions by well-educated and trusted officers who have been placed there to serve as public servants, he said.

It was unusual that the treasury office was broken into when it did not have any cash or item of value but information, he said.

Governor Juffa said it was also suspicious that it occurred after the new Provincial Treasurer had started to put his foot down and had demanded accountability and proper procedures be followed.

“There will be no hiding as we are ready to reveal all. The thieves and criminals are not those on the streets with guns but those in offices with folders and fraudulent documents. It is no surprise to me as we have a new treasurer and PPC and we will get to the bottom of this,” said Juffa who is also sector chairman for finance and had been insisting on financial reports from Treasury and Oro Administration for months.

ENB Day ends on high note

Source: LoopPNG

The East New Britain Provincial Day ended on a high note at the Constitutional Park this afternoon.

Port Moresby residents came in their best ENB attires to celebrate the day organized by the East New Britain Students Association of the University of Papua New Guinea.

ENBSA President Jeremy Nature thanked everyone who had supported them at the Constitutional Park and said this year was yet another crowd pleaser.

Stalls were blaring in color with meri blouses, printed shirts, ENB flags, as well as face painting and cooked ENB cuisines like aigir and mumu.

The day’s celebration ended with showers and a little bit of thunder as the last group took the dancing arena.

Some of the spectators told Loop PNG that, although they were starting to get frustrated because of the lateness of the program, they were happy that the day still went as planned and that the organizing committee did not disappoint them.

Natura expressed his heartfelt gratitude to those that made today possible for the ENB residents here in Port Moresby and that they were able to pull through with the day’s activities.

Organisation aims to help young ladies

Source: LoopPNG

World Supermodel PNG is committed to give everyday girls a chance to be a part of a fashion industry.

National Director, Phylma Kelegai says the international platform which was introduced early this year aims to economically empower young women and give them exposure into the industry.

She said another platform built from this avenue was the agency that has already attracted at least 80 models to date, both male and female.

Kelegai said with much negativity in the society, she wanted to establish a safe place for young women, through this platform, an environment where they can feel free to express themselves.

“Get to participate in different areas and get them to work in other places so they have a bit of economic empowerment, a bit of exposure,” she said.

Kelegai added that the agency been involving in events over the past few months, basically to build the models confidence.

The agency today held a networking event inviting people in the industry, including fashion designers, business houses and photographers and makeup artists to establish contact with models.

Generous giving to charity

Source: LoopPNG

One woman’s silent work of charity has been recognized by a family when she was given resources to assist advance her work to help the needy.

The PNG Stoma Society, led by ostomate Janet Yaki received a 12 seater vehicle from the Neville family yesterday, relieving the society off its transport needs.

This is not the first time, the family has come on board to assist the society; they donated a container fitted with shelves and air condition last year to help Janet meet her storage needs.

In a small but significant meet yesterday, the Neville family, led by Greg Neville donated the vehicle to the patron of the society and Minister for Works and Implementation, Francis Awesa.

The Nevilles are not new to PNG and particularly Southern Highlands Province, hence their assistance to the Stoma Society, led by a woman from Southern Highlands was welcome news to the society.

The family is also working on a plan to build a K1.5 million shelter near the Port Moresby General Hospital to help Janet work close to where the patients are.

Currently, Janet who is an ostomate herself operates from her house, using the family vehicle to supply other ostomates with things like colostomy bags.

She has even been almost attacked by criminals, but preservers in the work she does. The new vehicle she received yesterday is fitted with security features and will greatly assist do her work.

Patron of the Society, Francis Awesa welcomed this generous donation and commended Janet for the work she does to help those who aren’t able to access basic supplies.

Madang district will have better independence celebration next year

Source: LoopPNG

Minister for Petroleum and Energy and Member for Madang has pledged K200,000 for next year Independence celebration in Madang District.

Minister Duban said this on Thursday while commenting on the need for people to celebrate independence in a true Madang way.

Duban said next year Madang District Development Authority (MDDA) will put K200,000 for independence celebration to bring together the people of Madang district from three three LLG’s Ambenob, MULLG and Transgogol.

He said next year will be bigger and better and people will celebrate in a true Madang way and with music, traditional and singsing festival.

He said this year the Kalibobo mini show at Madang Rotary Park on September 16 has brought crowd all over Madang town and next year will be bigger and better with another K100,000 added on top.

Duban thanked the people of Madang to celebrate this Independence peacefully without major incidents and problems.

Lae Councilor calls for removal of settlement

Source: LoopPNG

Ward Two councilor of the Lae Urban Local Level Government, Carol Yawing has supported calls by Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie for the removal of illegal settlements.

This follows the ongoing problems associated with Banana Block situated at the 7th street in the heart of Lae city.

Recently during the Independence day, a fight broke out between Engans and Southern Highlanders which has created problems for the community especially a residential area where highly tax payers reside.

“The government must seriously come down hard and evict these illegal settlements causing unnecessary problems.

“How can there be a settlement in the heart of the city, It’s a nightmare especially when this is a river side state land,” Ms Yawing said.

Yawing said the provincial government must do something and remove the illegal settlements in the city which is also a threat to investors trying to invest in the community.

It is believed an eviction was to be carried out sometime back but a restraining order was taken and Cr Yawing is angry the person who took out the order should come out and solve the problems being faced.

“Whoever that guy is who took the matter to court to stop the eviction should come out and sort these illegals problems at Banana Block,” Yawing said.

Yawing had been up and about with Police during the five days of fighting and she said it had been so frustrating seeing knife wielding men walking onto the main Cassowary Road causing tense among the community.

 

Picture caption: Ward Two Councillor Carol Yawing on the left.

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Town Mayor raises issues on hygiene

Source: LoopPNG

The growth in informal markets in Madang town area is posing a big treat to Health and hygiene of people who resides in Madang town.

Madang Town Mayor Joe Yama revealed this in a press conference on Thursday in Madang Urban LLG Chamber.

Yama said the Madang town Authority understands the needs of the people and are allocating certain areas in the 10 wards of Madang Urban for informal markets with certain conditions that people sell only approved items and be mindful of their rubbish.

He said however, vendors resort to sell whatever they want and keep on throwing rubbish anywhere they want which is not right and against the set rules.

Yama says MULLG always get the blame for increase in illegal activities and law and order problems but most of this activities are caused by people who know the rules yet continue to break it.

He said MULLG know that some vendors depend entirely on the income earn form the money collected from selling goods and services on the market but rules must be respected.

He added that MULLG will monitor and see all the informal markets and those who cannot comply will be deal with accordingly.

He stressed that health and hygiene is very important and people must take care of their own rubbish by putting it in appropriate rubbish bin to be collected.

US company plans to build assembly line in Madang

Source: LoopPNG

A bomb shell was literally dropped on Friday, Sept 9 during the Madang Investment Summit when Powerplus, a global manufacturer of construction equipment announced that it would build one of its assembly lines (factory) in Madang.

The announcement by Powerplus General Manager and Director, Gerard Lau, was a huge shock to the summit organizers as well as the Madang business community and the provincial government leaders.

Lau had earlier during his Company’s presentation at the summit clarified that Powerplus through a series of transformations, from a construction equipment and spare parts supplier established since 1973 had evolved to be a global manufacturer of construction equipment in 2001.

Following his announcement, Lau went on to say that the company’s outlook for the Pacific region was to establish Powerplus Pacific Limited in Madang.

He said the assembly based in Madang has already had land area identified along the north coast road measuring  10,000 to 50,000 square metres and will cater for sales and marketing.

The area will also cater for technical development and training centre and parts and services.

Lau did not elaborate on the cost of setting up the plant and when work would commence however, he said the factory would employ up to 500 people during full scale operation.

The best-selling products for the factory in Madang would be for wheel loader, Excavator, Bull dozer, agricultural tractor, motor grader, backhoe, truck, forklift, crane (Crawler/truck/tower), plant (Concrete/Asphalt/Stone)

He said from the Madang factory the company would looking to exports to emerging markets in the Pacific covering Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand    , East Timor Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Tonga.

He said Powerplus Group Inc. was incorporated in the United States 2001.

Its market game changer and brand influence was through its supply of spare parts to the US army for its mission in the Gulf War and in Afganistan.

“Powerplus offers an extensive and comprehensive range of construction equipment – an integrated solution to serve various-r construction needs,” Lau said.

The company’s international headquarter is Located in Powerplus Building – Singapore, where it houses: global Product Distribution; global Supply Chain, showroom, training Facility, eengineering Team and Spare Parts Depot.

Powerplus harness the best of American, European and Japanese technology  and is Positioned as a middle to high-end brand manufacturer.

Currently, Powerplus Group is represented in more than 100 countries, and is a brand that has won world-wide recognition.

Its global presence of distributors and dealers spread across 100 countries across six continents.

Lau said Powerplus strives to be the best alternative to market leaders and aspires to be household brand in the construction equipment and road-making machinery industry.

UN apologizes for peacekeepers abuse, cholera in Haiti — Repeating Islands

Issues tarnished UN reputation, traumatized victims, Ban says, Senabri Silvestre reports. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized Tuesday for a cholera epidemic in Haiti and sexual abuse attributed to the organization’s peacekeepers in different countries. “These two issues have tarnished the reputation of the United Nations and, much worse, traumatized many people … already affected by […]

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