Manus

Manus launches desalination project today

The program today will see the ground breaking ceremony and signing in Lorengau before drilling test works commence on Bipi Island.

Five villages will benefit from the project: Bipi, Mbuke (and Whal), Nauna, Mal and Aawa islands.

These five villages and Manus Province as a whole will lead the way with this technology that will see solar-powered seawater desalination plant systems installed to convert salt water to fresh drinking water.

Death penalty, Manus, criticised at PNG human rights review

The country's human rights record was scrutinised at its second Universal Periodic Review on Friday night.

Several countries encouraged PNG to decriminalise homosexuality, to improve its rates of violence against women - some of the worst in the world - and to put a stop to police brutality.

More police flown into Manus camp

David Yapu said the PNG immigration department asked him to provide a police presence after the Supreme Court in PNG ruled the centre was illegal.

A detainee has said police are now controlling the compound, but Mr Yapu said police are assisting the management.

"Their presence at the centre has calmed down the situation. So far I've been getting briefs from them on a daily basis that the situation at the center is quiet and normal."

David Yapu said police are stationed outside and not inside the detention centre.

 

Lawyers for asylum seekers on PNG file injuction

Papua New Guinea ordered the closure of the Manus camp after the country's Supreme Court ruled the facility unlawful, leaving the fate of the 850 people held there up in the air.

Australia and Papua New Guinea each claim each other is responsible for settling the hundreds held on Manus.

The injunction, filed in Australia's High Court on Wednesday, calls for the asylum seekers to be sent to Australia and not to Nauru, Matthew Byrnes, one of the lawyers acting on behalf of the majority of those held on Manus, told Reuters.

New operator of Australia's detention centres seeks an exit

Ferrovial is set to take a commanding stake in Broadspectrum, formerly Transfield Services, after its board agreed to a buy-out this week.

Broadspectrum had resisted takeover attempts, but the company's board changed its mind following a PNG Supreme Court ruling that the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island was unconstitutional.

The PNG Government has said it plans to close the centre on Manus Island following the court ruling, but Broadspectrum is contracted to run the centre on Nauru until 2017.

Australia and PNG officials to meet to discuss processing centre

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has confirmed following a discussion with the Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull.

They discussed issues relating to the Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the Manus Regional Processing Centre and the action that is required to comply with that decision.

O’Neill said in a statement that from this discussion, they have agreed that a delegation of officials from the Australian Government will visit Port Moresby next week to meet with our officials.

PM O’Neill: Manus Regional Processing Centre will close

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill also noted that the closure of the centre will have a negative effect on the local economy on Manus, and the Government will work with Australia to seek to minimise damage to businesses and workers.

“I have considered the ruling of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea and welcome this outcome,” Prime Minister O’Neill said.

“Respecting this ruling, Papua New Guinea will immediately ask the Australian Government to make alternative arrangements for the asylum seekers currently held at the Regional Processing Centre.

Asylum seekers disrupts Madang to Manus flights

An eyewitness Brian H Waffi posted on his facebook page alerting the public about the incident.

He said the flight was disrupted after two Asylum Seekers protested and tried to break the airplanes glass protested not to go to Manus.

“All of us were told to disembark after two Asylum Seekers protested and tried to break the airplanes glass protested not to go to Manus. We will reboard.”

“The plane was about to lift off when the two started hitting the windows and crying out loud struggling with the air hostess.

Manus launch of desalination project next month

The islands of Bipi, M’buke (including Whal), Nauna, Mal and Aawa will be recipients of the project that will see solar-powered seawater desalination plant systems installed to convert salt water to fresh drinking water.

The signing of this project took place in Port Moresby recently between the Department of National Planning & Monitoring and Sojitz Corporation, (contractor) engineers of the seawater source well sites.

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Pala application refused

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A five-man Supreme Court bench today refused an application filed by Attorney General Ano Pala asking the higher court to stay three proceedings in the lower courts.

New desalination project for Manus

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