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          Hardship Is Not A Competition: Supporting Our Farmers Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Support Our Neighbours      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

With all of NSW now drought declared, and other states fast heading in the same direction, calls for more support for farmers is welcome. But slashing spending to help neighbours we’ve abused for decades is not the way to get there, writes Hayley McQuire.

I support Australian Farmers. What I don’t agree with is the constant argument about “Why are we giving so much in foreign aid yet not supporting our farmers?”

This is a common theme that arises whenever there are a group of Australians in crisis.

“Why are we giving so much in foreign aid while there are so many homeless? Why are we giving so much in foreign aid while our old people are on a horrible pension? Why are we giving so much in foreign aid when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People…..”

Okay, admittedly, it doesn’t seem to appear when First Peoples are in crisis. But for the record, the majority of our Foreign Aid budget is spent with our neighbours in the Asia Pacific.

Let’s keep in mind our history with countries in this region.

A large amount of our aid goes to our closest neighbour Papua New Guinea, with $546.3m allocated in the 2017-2018 budget.

The Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. (IMAGE: Drew Douglas, Flickr)

Every ANZAC Day we celebrate our partnership with Papua New Guinea and how they saved our arse on the Kokoda Track. However, we conveniently forget the fact that PNG was under Australia’s colonial rule as one of our territory’s up until 1972. We conveniently forget how Australia has exploited PNG for their natural resources (here’s looking at you Rio Tinto Bougainville Copper Mine).

Australia also gives aid to other Pacific countries like Vanuatu ($69.8m in 2017-2018) and Solomon Islands ($146m in 2017-2018).

So, I guess some are forgetting the time Australia STOLE people from their homes and forced them into indentured labour and built an entire sugar industry off the back of black bodies.

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          Papua New Guinea hopes for economic boost from APEC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Papua New Guinea government's been spending up large for the APEC summit it is hosting this year in the hope it will reap large economic rewards. APEC leaders - including US President Donald Trump - will converge on Port Moresby this November to discuss trade and investment. It's the biggest event that has ever taken place in Papua New Guinea. RNZ Pacific's Johnny Blades reports from the PNG capital.
          Dateline Pacific morning edition for 10 August 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Three months out from a key vote, support for New Caledonia independence seems to be on the wane; The teenager who was severely beaten by Papua New Guinea police has been charged; An arrest has been made related to the deaths of two babies in Samoa last month soon after their MMR vaccines; Newly-graduated Samoan carers look to Australia for work; And, is the recent surge in funding from the United States a step-up, or all talk?
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Người nhái Đài Loan tập luyện ban đêm tại Cao Hùng, 23/07/2018.
(Asia Times) – Đài Loan tăng ngân sách sản xuất tàu ngầm để chống Trung Quốc

Nữ tổng thống Đài Loan Thái Anh Văn hôm qua 08/08/2018 hứa sẽ chi thêm 2,4 tỉ đô la, tương đương hơn 1/5 ngân sách quốc phòng trong năm tới, để tự sản xuất vũ khí. Đặc biệt là việc chế tạo và nâng cấp tàu ngầm tấn công để tăng cường năng lực Hải quân, đối phó với nguy cơ bị Trung Quốc xâm lược.

Hồi tháng Tư, Washington đã cho phép xuất khẩu các công nghệ cao liên quan đến tàu ngầm cho Đài Loan, bất chấp sự phản đối của Bắc Kinh.

Duterte và Tập Cận Bình tại Bắc Kinh, 20/10/2016. Ảnh Ng Han Guan/AP
(Inquirer)Chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình sẽ thăm Philippines vào cuối năm

Phủ Tổng thống Philippines hôm nay 09/08/2018 xác nhận chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình sẽ thăm Manila trước cuối năm 2018.

Đây sẽ là chuyến công du Philippines đầu tiên của ông Tập trong nhiệm kỳ của tổng thống Rodrigo Duterte, sau khi dự hội nghị APEC tại Papua New Guinea.

Bà Michelle Bachelet, nguyên tổng thống Chilê.
(Reuters)Nguyên tổng thống Chilê được đề nghị chức cao ủy Nhân quyền Liên Hiệp Quốc

Tổng thư ký Liên Hiệp Quốc Antonio Guterres hôm qua 08/08/2018 đã chọn lựa cựu tổng thống Chilê, bà Michelle Bachelet vào chức vụ cao ủy Nhân quyền Liên Hiệp Quốc. Đại hội đồng Liên Hiệp Quốc họp lại ngày mai sẽ có quyết định cuối cùng.

Người đương chức, ông Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein không muốn tái ứng cử vì không được sự ủng hộ của các cường quốc Hoa Kỳ, Trung Quốc và Nga. Ông Zeid đã không ngần ngại đả kích các biện pháp của tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump.

          Human rights groups call for investigation into brutal beating of boy by PNG police      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Assault, filmed and shared on social media, shows armed officers hitting naked 15-year-old boy with sticks

Human rights groups have called for an immediate investigation into the brutal beating of a young boy by Papua New Guinea police that was caught on film.

A video of the assault was filmed and this week shared widely on social media, showing armed officers hitting the naked 15-year-old boy with sticks, kicking him in the head and groin, and dragging him along rocks.

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          China could overtake Australia as biggest donor to Pacific      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Canberra, Aug 10 (IANS) China could overtake Australia as the biggest donor to Pacific nations, but only if Beijing follows through on its promises of aid and support that are currently billions of dollars short of being realised, a new report said here on Friday.

According to the report from Australia's Lowy Institute, a foreign policy think tank, China has pledged around $5.88 billion worth of aid to the Pacific since 2011, less than Australia's $6.72 billion, reports CNN.

During the same period, the US committed $1.36 billion in aid to the Pacific.

While Australia is still the biggest player in the region, ongoing major spending under Belt and Road could see Beijing leapfrog it.

In Papua New Guinea alone, China has pledged billions of dollars to build roads and other projects, some of which is not reflected in the Lowy data because the deals are in their early stages.

However during the 2011-2018 period, only around 21 per cent of the money China pledged was actually spent, compared to 97 per cent for Australia, according to the report.

While China's aid commitments would see it overtake Australia in the near future, Jonathan Pryke, director of Lowy's Pacific Islands Programme, was sceptical if actual spending would ever match Beijing's promises.

"China is talking a big game in terms of its commitments to the region and that's concentrated on one country, Papua New Guinea," he said. "I'm not convinced China will (overtake) Australia. We have a much broader, much deeper degree of engagement than China has."

Earlier this year, Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells accused Beijing of constructing "useless buildings" and roads that "(don't) go anywhere" while loading unsustainable debt onto poorer countries, reports CNN.

Australia has become increasingly gripped by concerns over Chinese influence in the country, and relations between Beijing and Canberra have deteriorated around the passage of an anti-foreign influence laws seen as targeting China.

A series of angry editorials and opinion pieces in Chinese state media when the laws were first introduced labelled them "disgraceful" and "absurd".



          Dateline Pacific evening edition for 10 August 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A State of Emergency remains in place on the Vanuatu island of Ambae following an increase in volcanic activity in late July and a mass evacuation is underway; the Bishop of Mendi says Southern Highlanders are showing great resilience after February's major earthquake in Papua New Guinea's Highlands; refugees receiving medical treatment in Papua New Guinea are no longer provided with interpreters, a Kurdish refugee says; three months out from a key vote, support for New Caledonia independence seems to be on the wane; newly-graduated Samoan carers look to Australia for work.
          Southern Highlanders resilient after quake disaster      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Bishop of Mendi says Southern Highlanders are showing great resilience after February's major earthquake in Papua New Guinea's Highlands.
          Interpreters not provided for sick Manus Island refugees      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Refugees receiving medical treatment in Papua New Guinea are no longer provided with interpreters, a Kurdish refugee says.
          Improving Educational Outcomes       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Mavis Sanders, PhD, is on a mission to improve literacy and overall educational outcomes in underserved communities of color in Baltimore and beyond. That mission took on new life at Barnard, where she served as a budding high school teaching intern in the Bronx. “I’ve always loved children and I’ve always loved learning,” Sanders says. “But I never thought about a career in urban education until I discovered Barnard’s [urban teaching] program.”

Today, Sanders is the inaugural director of the Sherman Center for Early Learning in Urban Communities at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She is building a program deeply rooted in the community it serves, drawing upon research she conducts with her students about collaborations among schools, families, and communities. Having served previously as a professor of education and research scientist at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University for sixteen years, Sanders is now also a professor of education at UMBC.

The Birmingham, Alabama native was raised to appreciate the importance of the kind of interpersonal connections she studies. In her close-knit neighborhood, there was always a sense of the collective. While many programs aimed at improving educational outcomes are strictly data-driven, the Sherman Center takes a different approach. Instead of using a one-size-fits-all template to implement agendas, the Center teams up with schools, families, and communities to develop more effective early-education practices for urban schools. “We get input from principals, parents, educators, and researchers to create an interactive approach to educational improvement,” Sanders explains. “It’s an authentic partnership built on collaboration and communication.”

Sanders’s path has never strayed far from education. Once she earned her degree at Barnard, she joined the Peace Corps and spent two years teaching English in Papua New Guinea. She went on to Stanford, where she earned her master’s degree in sociology and, in 1992, a PhD in social sciences, policy, and educational practices. That led her to JHU, where she designed and directed a graduate certificate program focused on collaborative leadership for schools, families, and communities. Her sixteen years at JHU, where she worked extensively with Dr. Joyce Epstein, director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools, were “career defining,” she says. “The theory and research that guided our work then guide me still. For us, ‘It takes a village’ to improve learning experiences and outcomes for all students is not just a hackneyed phrase—it is an educational-reform approach.”

Sanders has authored or co-authored more than sixty journal articles and book chapters, enabling schools to strengthen curricula and implement the collaborative programs she designs to ensure African Americans’ academic success. Sanders sees her current work as only the beginning of an effort to pioneer educational best practices. “As we scale up,” she says, “I hope that the Sherman Center can be a model for other programs. Our goal is to find the best ways to inspire and prepare young children in urban schools for lifelong learning.” •

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           ICTSI's 6pc profit slip to US$97.7 million      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Manila's International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) posted a six per cent year-on-year decline in first half net profit to US$97.7 million, drawn on revenues of US$661.8 million, an increase of 10 per cent, according to Shipping Gazette.Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of US$299.5 million were three per cent higher than the US$289.7 million generated in the first half of 2017.The decline in net profit was blamed start-up costs of the new terminals in Papua New Guinea and Australia and the $7.5 million non-recurring gain on the termination of the sub-concession agreement in Nigeria in the second quarter of 2017.This was tapered by the strong operating income from organic terminals; a decrease in the company's share in the net loss at Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce (SPIA), its joint venture container terminal project with PSA International in Buenaventura, Colombia, and a $2.8 million non-recurring gain from the pre-termination of interest rate swap related to the pre-payment of the project finance loan at its terminal operations in Manzanillo, Mexico in May.For the quarter ended June 30, revenue increased 10 per cent to $336.4 million; EBITDA was six per cent higher at $151.8 million.ICTSI handled consolidated volume of 4,714,255 TEU in the first six months of 2018, four per cent more than the 4,545,405 TEU handled in the same period in 2017.The increase in volume was primarily due to the robust global trade activities particularly in the emerging markets, continuing volume growth at most terminals and the contribution of the new terminals in Lae and Motukea in Papua New Guinea, and Melbourne, Australia. Excluding the new terminals, volume increased by one per cent.For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, total consolidated throughput was five per cent higher at 2,388,715 TEU year on year. Excluding the new terminals, consolidated volume would have increased by three per cent in the second quarter of 2018.

Source: Transportweekly
          Sick Manus Island refugees not given interpreters      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Refugees receiving medical treatment in Papua New Guinea are no longer provided with interpreters, a Kurdish refugee says.
          PNG opposition leader slams latest budget revelations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Papua New Guinea opposition leader, Patrick Pruaitch, says the government is risking a major financial crisis engulfing the education system.
          PNG increases push against polio after outbreak      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

More than a million children will be vaccinated against polio in Papua New Guinea in the coming months as the government tries to avert a wider outbreak of the disease.

          Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You, thru Aug 26      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
For this Spring 2018 exhibit, entitled Face to Face: Looking at Objects that Look at You, the Hearst staff and 14 UC Berkeley freshmen have co-curated a global selection of objects that depict human faces in different ways. The exhibit asks: Why and how do crafting traditions of the world so often incorporate human faces, and how do people respond to those faces? Objects such as West African helmet masks and Roman sculpture illustrate varying conceptions of the “ideal” face, while Japanese tobacco boxes and ancient Peruvian portrait jars raise the question of what a facial expression can mean. Additional objects, including Chinese bamboo figurines and Caroline Mytinger’s paintings of Papua New Guineans, represent the contrast between portraying faces of one’s own ethnic group versus those of another. Visitors are invited to examine the way they themselves depict and interpret faces in their everyday lives. This timely exhibit cultivates critical thinking about crucial issues such as stereotyping, representation and misrepresentation, and snap judgments.

Alongside the exhibit, the Hearst Museum will be continuing its monthly Lounge Lecture series. These lectures, hosted in the cozy Lounge of Anthropological Discoveries, will focus on topics related to the exhibit and give visitors the opportunity to learn and discuss in an intimate and casual space. Featured speakers include Ken Goldberg, who will speak about the history of “the uncanny”, and Paul Koudounaris, who will speak about global death and funerary practices. In addition to lectures, the Hearst will also be hosting a variety of hands-on and performance events ranging from caricature drawing workshops to Maori song and dance demonstrations.

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology Visitor Information:

102 Kroeber Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m, to 6 p.m.

Gallery Admission:
$6 general admission
$3 non-UC Berkeley students, UC Berkeley alumni, 65+
Free for all UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff; 18 & under

(510) 643-1191

Related Events:

Lounge Lecture Series – Third Thursdays*, 6-8pm
3/15: Ken Goldberg – Beyond the Uncanny Valley of the Dolls
4/19: Paul Koudounaris – Memento Mori: Lessons from a Decade Among the Dead
5/17: Gloria Nusse – Making Faces, Forensic Art and Facial identification
*6/14: Kelly Baur – Screening & Discussion of Weichanmu: Vamos a la Guerra
8/16: Sandra Sardjono – The Mythological Faces of Java

Hands On at the Hearst – Last Saturdays*
4/28, 11am – 12pm: Māori Mo Ake Tonu – Māori Performance
5/26, 10am – 1pm: Ernesto Olmos – Mesoamerican Instrument Making Workshop
*6/2, 1pm – 2pm: Daniel Barash -Shadow Puppet Faces! A Family Shadow Puppetry Workshop
6/30, 10am – 1pm: Vanessa Di Tullio – Sculpting the Human Face
7/28, 10am – 1pm: Jon Casey – Caricature Drawing Workshop
*8/2, 6pm – 8pm: Nick Ishimaru – The Faces of Japanese Performing Arts

Updated information about events is available at

*Starred events occur outside the usual programming schedule.
          Tweed Heads Seagulls vs Papua New Guinea Hunters, Aug 12, 2018 – Preview, Watch and Bet, Score      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Australian Queensland Cup, Tweed Seagulls – PNG Hunters, Sunday, 12:00 am ET Tweed Seagulls – PNG Hunters 00:00 / 90:00 Watch and bet Tweed Seagulls – PNG Hunters live Sign in or Register (it’s free) to watch and bet Live Stream* To place a bet while streaming, go to Live In-Play Prior to joining bookmaker…
          8/11/2018: NEWS: Mozzie-borne virus outbreak warning      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
MOSQUITO surveillance in the Torres Strait, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia needs to be strengthened to prevent exotic disease outbreaks in Australia, experts say. Queensland Health and James Cook University researchers say that, despite Australia’s...

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