Watch EMTV News Online

Finally after years and years of waiting a good sister of mine has discovered that EMTV finally has a website. Phew, well about time?! So have a look-see here. And yes you can now also watch the news from the website, although its 2 days behind, perhaps better late than never.

I would suggest to them also that they leverage the power of social networking by employing a YouTube page so as to get a larger coverage.

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Update 16th April 2013

EMTV have now done the full works on their new website with up to date content. Have a look at it here and you can also download the iPhone App at the iTunes store here.

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(Contact us at ask@masalai.com.pg if you’re interested in a mobile App)

18 thoughts on “Watch EMTV News Online

  1. can emtv secure funds from government n do more coverage to report on least development of png. and also can emtv assist from government to reports our georgrahy for touirist attraction.tnx. just som tots only

  2. TUNA – THE WAY OF THE FUTURE?

    As the reserves of Papua New Guinea’s oil and mineral resources available for exploitation decline every year, the focus must of necessity shift to other natural resources as an exercise in prudence.

    While the prolific gas resources of the country have caught the imagination of our young politicians and international financial markets, tuna, one of the greatest natural and renewable resources of Papua New Guinea, remains the best anchor yet for a brighter future. Yet our politicians generally, and those who are advising, are largely ignorant of this.

    Papua New Guinea currently faces serious threats both external and internal, to the security of this great resource.

    In the ‘90s a key government Minister who hails from Southern Highlands, who happens to be the Mining Minister at that time, gave exploration licenses to Barrick’s then subsidiary Nautilus over large square-kilometres of the Bismarck Sea, without any government policy on offshore Mining, let alone a proper regulatory regime under pinned by appropriate legislation.

    It was an extremely irresponsible decision for any government Minister to make without understanding the full implications of that decision. That decision, aided by the Mining Department machinery at that time, has now plunged the nation into this major tussle between Nautilus, who have invested so much money in exploration over large areas of our territorial waters, the Mining industry advocates and raft of scientists who rally on Nautilus’ side and the small man on the street who feels something is terribly wrong, but can’t quite eloquently advocate why.

    There is another threat that has greatly impacted on our tuna and other pelagic species that has gone largely unnoticed. Pilfering, poaching and policy failure. Through the external pilfering, and internally, by lack of appropriate policy to secure it, this great resource is now at a crisis point. At the centre of this unfolding tragedy is the lack of key functional information and statistics as to the nature of the threats posed to tuna fishery, and general lack of comprehension and appreciation of the commercial magnitude of the crisis on the part of the government.

    A recent regional fisheries conference in New Zealand was told by New Zealand Government representatives and its Foreign Minister that the Pacific Islands including Papua New Guinea was losing conservatively upward of US$100 million per annum to illegal fishing.

    Whilst this figure should ring serious alarm bells for governments in the Pacific, the reality is that it simply does not make the political radar screen. Other issues of internal political survival appear to take the fore leaving bureaucrats and policy makers to take a minimalist approach. The actual losses for a country like Papua New Guinea are likely to be higher than what the New Zealand conference was told.

    Papua New Guinea’s waters extending to its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), at most times of the year hosts over 20% of the worlds tuna stocks, mainly of yellow fin specie. It is valued well over US$20 Billion at sustainable levels to the small countries of the South-West Pacific, including PNG. It is a sacred act of God alone that the cold Okhotske currents emanating from Vladivostok and running off Sakhalin and the other Islands off the Northern tip of Japan should greet the warm Pacific current right here on our door step, thus creating plankton and other feed stock. This in turn presents a solid platform for spawning of a prolific tuna and other pelagic fishery for us.

    This fishery has been conservatively valued at US$2 billion per annum at sustainable levels. It is likened, if you like, to Papua New Guinea pulling the winning lottery ticket worth US$2 billion every year.

    Papua New Guinea, therefore, stands the envy of the world, and yet the abject tragedy of it all is Papua New Guinea has failed to fully understand that it has the “winning ticket” in its hand.

    There are schools and schools of schools, colleges, universities, roads, bridges, airstrips, health centres, hospitals, infrastructure, jobs and major industry etc, literally swimming around the waters of Papua New Guinea and yet the nation is yet to make the quantum leap at the leadership level to grasp the commercial reality of this asset and what it means for the future of the country.

    A similar paradigm shift must also occur with other resources such as timber, where the leadership must see chairs, tables, world class furniture, decent homes etc in every tree, to fathom the possibilities for the people.

    It is a known fact that the tuna fishery in both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans have been seriously depleted by purse-seiners and super-seiners capable of catching and holding anything from 900 – 1,500 short tons. These vessels can trans-ship and remain at sea for months at a time. Whilst this last April’s National Geographic magazine depicts a UN Assessment Report that 30% of the world’s fish stocks are currently over-fished, there is in PNG a level of apathy about our fish stocks that is borne out of lack of information on what is really going on in our own waters with our fish stock. This situation is alarming and the Government may not realize it for what it represents until it is too late for the country’s fish stocks. The degree of ferocity with which super-seiners have left the great oceans of the world bare can only be equalled to tragedy of a bushfire on land where nothing is left standing and nothing green is seen for miles.

    In the last fifteen years Papua New Guinea has evolved a policy of tuna domestication, aimed at seeking greater returns for its tuna resources. Under this policy a number of previously foreign licensed (Distant Waters Vessels), purse-seiners, have been brought on shore and several onshore processing facilities have been set up.

    However, whilst some industry participants have been genuine, others have taken more than commercial advantage of the domestication policy. A thorough economic analysis will reveal that the domestication policy has had minimal success, if at all. It has not delivered the level of returns earlier predicted by the policy.

    To this day, Papua New Guinea has issued far more licenses to Distant Water Vessels than it has the capacity to process their catch. The State has failed to monitor and ensure a healthy co-relation between Distant Water licences to seiners and capacity to downstream process, resulting in the bulk (over 80%) of the catches of domesticated vessels going off-shore.

    If the country does not have the capacity to process or value add domestically it should not issue excessive number of licences than the volumes its processors can sustain. It is only presiding over and legitimatizing its oceans to be raped and stripped bare for very little return, and this process clearly discounts the purpose of the domestication policy. There is therefore urgent policy and legal reform required on Access and Domestication policies to serve the national interest.

    The Access and Domestication Policy has failed the people, and the nation. It needs to be overhauled.

    Papua New Guinea is also losing hundreds of millions of kina annually to illegal fishing, illegal transshipping, illegal bunkering and illegal importation of goods in the EEZ. Illegal fishing and other illegal activities pose a serious and growing threat to Papua New Guinea and its security on the international sea borders. Not a week goes by without local people from Western, Sandaun, Milne Bay or Manus crying out to their Government to protect them and their fishing grounds.

    Indonesian fisherman even set up camp several hundreds nautical miles into Papua New Guinea Territory and fish for shark fin and other exotic varieties. On Kiwai Island, for instance, on the Fly River estuarine, only 2 years ago Indonesian nationals boldly sailed in, set up camp and engaged in the act of harvesting fish. They have successfully destroyed their own fishery through over-fishing and by use of dynamite, cynide and other environmentally destructive practices. Unless they are stopped, they will disregard State borders and are not likely to abate with the pressure of a growing population of over 180 million needing to be fed.

    In addition to the increasing problem with Indonesia, there are unlicensed seiners and super-seiners riding the high seas off Milne Bay, Manus, Vanimo, New Ireland and North Solomons Provinces, illegally harvesting Papua New Guinea’s tuna. They dart in and out and fish with impunity knowing very well Papua New Guinea has neither the means of aerial surveillance nor the patrol vessels to catch them. The degree and extent of pilfering or poaching is not known because the Government of Papua New Guinea over the years has not invested in a program of systematic aerial surveillance program coupled with other research to garner necessary data.

    Long after the oil and gas, and the mineral resources of Papua New Guinea have been depleted, it is hoped that tuna will secure and sustain the economic future of the country. However, that hope will be misplaced if Papua New Guinea continues to stand by and watch while its oceans are pillaged and laid bare, to become a barren and silent void, to the enrichment of other nations.

    Papua New Guinea has the opportunity now to act fast to avoid this seemingly inevitable tragedy.

    In respect of Nautilus and its band of Media-happy Merrymen, whilst they have performed their license conditions under the respective exploration licenses they hold, they must understand that exploration is what they wanted at their risk, and that is what they got. That license scheme does not automatically entitle them to a Mining Lease or a Special Mining Lease from the government and people of Papua New Guinea.

    The people of Papua New Guinea must understand that Nautilus does not have a right, or an automatic right to Mining Licenses in the Bismarck sea or any sea area in PNG.

    Sea-bed Mining cannot give the economic returns to PNG as our Tuna and our pelagic species and other marine resources can. On numbers along it is doubtful Nautilus can put US$2 Billion in the nation’s coffers every year at environmentally sustainable levels. In fact it can’t, and it won’t.

    So who is this nation trying to fool, by playing with the likes of Nautilus? The day we engage them and their one-eyed scientists to dig and dump in our pristine oceans, is the day we kiss goodbye to one of the world’s remaining great fishery, great tuna spawning areas, and the Children of PNG both born, and unborn may as well kiss goodbye to a prosperous future.

    Nautilus is running a deliberate media campaign with the support of certain government Ministers who are in bed with it, and without accusing any one of corruption, we all know there are no free lunches in Port Moresby, so we will be keenly watching which Minister is going to sell the interests of this nation this time for 30 pieces of silver.

    Papua New Guineans must get behind the lone voices of such brave young leaders like Hon. Gary Juffa now and stop this madness that threatens our tuna, and our future.

    1. Dear Brother Erasmus

      I have read through your comments dated on October 2nd 2012 on this topic ‘Tuna- The Way of the future’.

      Fist of all I would like to acknolwedge the great time and effort you have put into gathering all this information for us to read and understand and EmTv for initiating this medium of sharing and recieving information. I take my caps off for you for a detailed and comprehensible article. Therefore I am truelly speechless and stunded by in realising the drama that is playing inrelation to environemental damage to PNG waters,dangers to the fish stock of PNG and the billions of Kina that PNG is loosing since Independence. The economicall and environemental gain that PNG has is greater than any deep sea mining that can contribute little incontrast to the Fish market.

      I am now in support of in disagreeing with any activities that endangers PNG
      waters and our fish stocks and the provides little economic and environemental gain for PNG.

      My brother if I may ask, could you please suggest in your own right a strategy that we as the people can do to stop this terrifying activites to our fish stock in our seas?

      We need to do something now to save our fish and oceans from depleting and also to make our policitican invest in fisheries as you have mentioned for greater economic and environmental gain for PNG.

      I end my comments here and May God Bless you and in all that you are doing

      Cheers

  3. too much overseas sports news..
    we have so many sports and games are being played in and around png not to mention pom alone..Emtv should do more local sports news instead of overseas ones..

    liklik tinting tasol.

    Kohu Liem

  4. I believe as far as Development are concerned. We are on our way and it will be a joy to see our own Television Station promoting our cultures, Traditions and sports. We cannot be like the Westerners, we are a unique bunch capable of running our own issues our own way just like our great great forefathers did before the so called white man came. United we can get there ,it is possible. Cheers..

  5. Current Government should at least released the DSIP funds to the opposition MPs such as Sam BASIL to work on within his electorate. BULOLO District is really in need of funding to curb the current law and order situation.

    William Numbos

  6. I live up the north in a very remote and unserviced government station, but thanks to modern technology & communication advancement whereby dissemination and receiving of information is very effective in today’s era. I am grateful to emtv who played a pivotal role for all the coverage right across the nation, despite being separated with time and space one can know first-hand all that is happening in the “land of the unexpected”.

    What puzzles most are the hives of activities concentrated more in Port Moresby. Though amazing developments are happening everywhere in the Nation’s capital how about the so called resource rich provinces who have generated so much revenue into this country. It is indeed very sad to see the owners of the resources still living the pre and the post independence era. With the life span of mining in most parts of this country reaching their peak and depleting at a very fast rate which are off course unrenewable, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to show forth for. Run down aid posts, run down schools, run down roads, run down airstrips and the list goes on etc.

    Leaders of all resource rich provinces MUST fervently raise their voice on the floor of parliament and also they should rally their concern through all media outlets regarding this issue. The populace silent anguish and psychological stress within is unbearable, enough should be enough. The plight of the people for basic services and utilities should not be ignored overtime.

    Papua New Guinea!, where are we heading in the 21st century.

  7. PETER O’STEAL STRIKES AGAIN! – USD$1.2 BILLION CORRUPT LOAN.

    The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill (‘aka O’Steal) has personally and unilaterally directed that the State of PNG borrow US$1.2 Billion Dollars through international financiers syndicated by the Swiss UBS Bank, to buy 10% of Oil Search Limited (OSL) shares. It is believed this transaction is motivated by personal gain. Therefore, this loan is believed to be for a corrupt outcome. This corruption is perpetrated by UBS and other international banks lending the money.

    PNG does not need the loan. It is Peter ONeill who needs the loan for his own corrupt gain. He is using the country’s assets to obtain a personal benefit. This must be made very clear to the international lenders. On this basis no future PNG Government will be liable to repay the funds, lent for an illegal purpose.

    As of this article the international lenders will be deemed to be aware of the allegations I make here.( I invite the Prime Minister to contradict me if he can).

    This is not an ordinary share purchase (investment) made by the Prime Minister on behalf of the people of PNG. What I am about to reveal is only known to a few key people in government circles.

    In 2013 Total, the French Petroleum conglomerate entered into a deal with InterOil Limited wherein it purchased 60% stock in InterOil with the intention to develop the Gulf/Elk-Antelope LNG Project. Total bench marked the price of the InterOil shares against the known oil and gas reserves of InterOil’s Gulf/Elk LNG reserves, and international price indicators.

    Interoil was started by two men in this country, Phil Mulacek and Gayland Baker in early 1990s. These two men, one a Texan and the other from California walked into Port Moresby government offices with empty brief cases promising to build an Oil Refinery in PNG out of one abandoned by Chevron in Alaska. While Curtain Brothers offered the Motukea refinery, these two men with very slick marketing skills, and Gayland Baker’s position as a director of conservative Fuller Christian Seminary, gained the upper hand.

    The rest is history, of the way they manipulated government decision making processes, public announcements, to gain every benefit, favour, approval, license and a free lift up in every other step of that company’s development.

    Interoil today is testimony to how Phil Mulacek has carefully and deliberately manipulated the goodness of the people of PNG and their government, how he has ruthlessly and unscrupulously exploited the weaknesses of key leaders of PNG, to build a personal fortune worth several hundred Million Dollars for himself and his extended family. Mulacek has been ably assisted by Christian Vincent, the Frenchman, his brother-in-law who acts as Phil’s main go-to man who has also gained in the hundreds of Millions.

    In a small town things can get a bit incestuous, as Christian Vincent’s long term girlfriend in PNG happens to be the Fijian-Indian Lady with the short skirt who is the CEO for Peter O’Neill insurance company. Peter O’Neill is no stranger to Vincent and Mulacek having had many private dinners and meetings over the years when Mr O’Neill was a Minister in the Somare Cabinet.

    Having sold 60% of InterOil to the French Company for several hundred Million dollars, Mulacek and co have been holding out the balance of the shares of 40% for a price that is almost triple what the French have paid for per share previously. The French having pre-emptive rights could not pay the price that the Mulacek camp has been asking for the balance of the shares. Meanwhile the Gulf-Elk LNG Project is not going anywhere fast.

    The Mulacek camp have been trying to play Total against Exxon and Oil Search Ltd, who both also expressed interest in a piece of the action. Mulacek had hoped Total would pay the price to own the whole lot or Exxon would pay a premium to participate. No one took the bait. Over the years people have become tired and weary of Mulacek and his antics, always trying to profiteer and gain unreasonably, when he came to PNG with nothing. The InterOil project could have been fully financial 5 years ago had Mulacek not been greedy and held out.

    This game has developed into a stalemate with Total holding majority stock and cant fund the project until it took the rest of the stock. It required a game breaker.

    This is where the creative genius of Phil Mulacek came to the fore once again, and perhaps for the last time against the people of PNG. He approached Peter O’Neill through the lady with the short skirt for a private meeting. In that meeting it was laid out to ONeill that someone should assist Oil Search Limited (who has expressed interest ) to buy the balance of the 40% shares in Interoil for the exorbitant price that even Total would not pay. That Oil Search Limited had already been sounded out on this, and provided someone funded OilSearch Limited for the price of the Interoil Shares they would do the deal to further fortify them against any corporate raid. The State of PNG taking the shares would surely be a poison pill for the Dubai based Arabs seeking to do a raid on OilSearch Limited. The aggregate agreed price for 40% InterOil shares and OilSearch 10% shares was in the vicinity of USD1.0 Billion with enough fat to go around.

    What was put to O’Neill in that meeting was that if he could get the Government of PNG to borrow USD$1.2 Billion from international commercial lenders, and buy 10% of Oilsearch Limited shares, Oilsearch Limited would use the proceeds definitely to buy the 40% shares from Interoil at its ridiculous asking price, AND THERE WOULD BE A VERY TIDY KICK BACK OF USD$100 MILLION FROM MULACEK & CO TO ONEILL for making this happen.

    This was the game breaker. ONeill became the game breaker. He became Peter O’Steal.

    Having shook hands on the deal in last quarter of 2013, Phil Mulacek has been working feverishly with Peter Botten of Oil Search Limited, to get international lenders to lend to the State this huge sum of money, while Peter ONeill has been carefully moving the right people into right places to take the decisions for him, and to cover his arse in the State agencies. The last act was to move the Minister for Petroleum William Duma aside and put his own man Duban in place to approve the deal. ONeill knew Duma would see through the deal as unfair, unreasonable and corrupt and not approve it.

    This week Peter ONeill has had lawyers and Financiers and bankers camping all over town feverishly working to finalize the deal. The only Minister working closely with ONeill to close the deal is Ben Micah, who will support ONeill because he needs ONeill to turn a blind eye to his own stealing.

    Most of the Members of Parliament in the Government side do not know about this very juicy and lucrative deal that is going down just this week.

    In fact most of the Cabinet Ministers do not even know. The Opposition does not have the manpower or the resources to keep up with Peter O’Steall’s very active life of carrying on private business deals while pretending to be Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. Only a few people close to him only know some of the deals, but not all.

    This Prime Minister has made more money using his position as Prime Minister of this country than any other leader in the history of this country, and that folks, is the understatement of the Century. Nothing over K10 Million passes the Tenders Board, for example, without the Prime Minister getting a look in first. His fingers are so sticky that it is now common knowledge among all his Coalition Party colleagues that this man is not good for PNG.

    Papua New Guineans need to ask, and ascertain very clearly that:

    1. The State does not need the 10% of OilSearch Limited Shares. Oilsearch Limited is a public company. It can bloody well raise its own money and buy the shares. When Peter Botten was first approached to buy the Interoil shares he baulked at the sale price as he knew what Total paid. Interoil was asking far too much. When he was again approached with State Offer, he realized it would be a poison pill to have the State to hold substantial shares in OilSearch, so he happily agreed. Oilsearch quickly overpriced its batch of 10% shares and was also gaining from the sale of the shares to the State. Everybody gains from the State.

    2. The Deal and the Loan is not in the best commercial or financial interests of PNG and its economy. The Country has already pledged its assets, including the previous Oilsearch Shares (18%), to the Dubai based financiers of our LNG interests. Why borrow more to get into debt with Swiss Banks this time and park the interest encumbered (shares) in the same commercial entity (Oilsearch) that the Dubai lenders already have priority in call over? Putting all our LNG eggs (revenue stream) in one basket is not a wise move.

    3. Why didn’t Peter ONeill opt to use the money to allow the State to exercise its option to acquire 22.5% of the Gulf Elk LNG Project?

    4. Why is Peter ONeill helping to protect OilSearch which is a public company- unless there is a catch?

    5. Has Peter ONeill relied on a fair and commercial valuation of the shares of Oil Search Limited to justify the price, despite the prevailing share price? Where is the professional valuation?

    6. Why is Peter ONeill borrowing USD1.2 Billion to fund shares when the money can be best spent on health and education and infrastructure?

    7. How can the PNG economy which is already burdened by debt and currently underpinned by 2 consecutive years of massive budget deficits afford to shoulder this huge debt burden? Why has Peter ONeill further mortgaged our future?

    8. Why has Peter ONeill further exposed the PNG economy to the LNG Project. All the hopes of the politicians are on the LNG Project. This is a huge and monumental gamble; particularly because the State has failed to honour its agreements with the Landowners, and the State ( Arthur Somare) has failed to explain what happened to the 3% of the State’s 22.5% in the PNG LNG Project. What happened to the 3%? Mr ONeill was Finance Minister. He knows what happened to the 3% in the Dubai deal. Perhaps he can explain? The Landowners will not allow leaders to trick and mislead them anymore. They are wiser by the day.

    9. Why didn’t Peter ONeill allow the USD1.2 Billion to be borrowed by Kumul Holdings or National Petroleum Company or even the IPBC, for it to buy outright the shares of Interoil? Why gift Oil Search Limited this money at the expense of the people of PNG? Why does OilSearch have to own the InterOil Shares (thereby the Gulf-ELK LNG Project) when the State could easily acquire it and own it- and not for that price!

    10. What is the underlying rationale and underlying value in the exorbitant price (of the loan) of the InterOil Shares? Who has done independent industry benchmarked valuations based on which Peter ONeill has agreed with Mulacek to do this deal?

    11. What is the nature of the Mulacek-ONeill kickback and how was it designed to be delivered?

    12. Is it true this major investment decision worth approximately K4 Billion was made by one man, Peter ONeill, without Cabinet or Parliamentary approval or debate? If so then it is clearly an abuse of the office of the PM, and he should be referred to the Ombudsman for investigation.

    There are many things absolutely and seriously wrong with this investment decision. The Prime Minister has no power to unilaterally commit this country like he has done with Manus Asylum seekers etc. It has become abuse of power. He has become dictatorial.

    ONeill is currently getting government agencies and Departments to approve this transaction for which even the Finance & Treasury officials and the Bank of PNG have not done any formal prior appraisal of this loan. He is trying to rail road the proper government agencies to approve this transaction, when they haven’t even done any proper evaluation of this loan against the country’s other commitments and debt levels.

    I call on Ministers of Cabinet, Government Coalition Partners and Leaders to demand full briefing on this transaction, and all documentation on this transaction be tabled in Cabinet and Parliament for public scrutiny. I call on the Cabinet Ministers and coalition partners to block this stupid loan.

    I call on Senior Ministers to feel sorry for this country and its people, to take their oaths to serve the people seriously. I call on responsible Ministers to stand firm and not endorse this deal even it means their sacking. It is time for principled leaders to stand up to this PM and his greed.

    Already the PM has set it all up so that he does not sign any documents himself. He is using quiet pressure through other people including, once again Ministers Marabe, Polye, Micah and Duban to sign and endorse this deal that Parliament and Cabinet did not approve. Even if Cabinet approved it, it seems they would have been mis-informed. When the shit hits the fan, the PM will naturally go after these Ministers and once again, blame them, as he did with the Paraka deal.

    This is a stupid deal, designed to benefit a few greedy and selfish people. IT MUST BE STOPPED!

    The Prime Minister needs to declare his interest in this matter publicly and resign. He has taken far too much from this country and the small people. He has to learn that enough is enough!

    By Dr Patrick Onguglo

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