Cost of doing business high in Manus, says Minister

This includes the high cost of air fares and the lack of tourism infrastructure in the province.

Minister for Trade Commerce and Industry, Richard Maru revealed this when officially opening a 3 days Seminar on Tourism in Manus Province recently.

Maru was invited by the Manus Provincial Government to officiate at this Tourism seminar for him to specifically speak on the impact of the closure of the Asylum Seekers Processing Centre on local SME’s and the unemployment rate that will be caused as a result of the closure of the center.

First drill test in Bipi a success

Officers from Sojitz Corporation (contractors), the engineers of the seawater source well sites, staff from Department of National Planning & Monitoring and the national project manager of the PEC (Pacific Environment Community) fund desalination project, Tom Anayabere were welcomed into Bipi on Thursday.

They were greeted by dancers on the beachfront before a traditional washing of their faces was done to ward off evil spirits.

 The first drill test took place that same afternoon at one of the identified beach well site before it was completed with PVC conduit.

Protests in Manus and Nauru as Australia 'stalls' on policy

As protests at the other Australian-run detention centre on Nauru enter day 56, those in the Manus Island centre have holding signs and chanting "Freedom, Freedom" and "This place is illegal".

The centre in PNG was ruled unconstitutional by the country's Supreme Court, prompting the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, to vow to close it.

However the Australian authorities said this might take some time and repeated that the refugees and asylum seekers would never go to Australia.

Desalination ground-breaking in Bipi today

Amongst the team going to Bipi this morning are three Japanese engineers from the Toray Industry, the manufacturers of the desalination plant.

The three arrived in Manus on Wednesday and were welcomed by officers from Sojitz Corporation, (the contractors) engineers of the seawater source well sites, staff from Department of National Planning & Monitoring and the National project manager of the PEC (Pacific Environment Community) fund desalination project, Tom Anayabere.

Meri Manus thank Roai and Pom Manus community

A prominent citizen in the Manus community in the city reached out with a simple donation of K500 to these mothers.

Leslie Roai decided to give his small donation to help the women in a small way.

The nine mothers are members of the Pihi Manus Association who come from the Lorengau LLG and the Lelemadi Bupichipeu LLG.

Association president Grace Malai, when receiving the donation of K500, thanked Roai on behalf of the women for coming forward to help them in their time of need.

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.