Once again, India and Pakistan stood at the brink of war over Kashmir, and have only just begun to tone down the posturing and threats. With nuclear weapons uncomfortably close at hand, almost 2 billion people in the region face the risk of nuclear catastrophe. For well over three decades now, multiple simulations and projections have suggested that an India–Pakistan nuclear escalation could lead to millions of deaths in the region, rivaling past great famines. The consequences of a nuclear exchange of any magnitude could affect generations to come. Kashmir has proved to be an especially intractable political predicament for the two countries. As Arundhati Roy wrote in her 2017 novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the confrontation over Kashmir is “a perfect war—a war that can never be won or lost, a war without end”. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe threat of war is a matter of urgent public health concern. Health workers have a duty to speak out and plead for peace. Why would these two populous and proud nations risk disaster by such brinksmanship? The region is one of the poorest in the world with human development ranking for India and Pakistan standing at 130 and 150, respectively, in 2018. An estimated 40 per cent (59 million) of the world’s stunted children and 53 per cent (27 million) of all wasted children live in south Asia, and 34 per cent of the population has no access to sanitation. Investments in health and education remain less than 4 per cent and 3 per cent of respective gross domestic product (GDP) in the region. Yet successive governments and military establishments have escalated military spending—in 2017, it was US$64 billion in India and $11 billion in Pakistan. Also Read – Insider threat managementPerhaps the greatest disappointment is the jingoism and warmongering that have gripped both countries, with some reckless parts of the media baying for blood. We have witnessed almost hysterical calls for retribution after the deplorable suicide bombing in Pulwama, Kashmir, on Feb 14, 2019, that killed 40 Indian soldiers. Perhaps the current escalation of air and ground skirmishes along the military Line of Control (the de facto India–Pakistan border) was inevitable. But civil society representatives and activists have been silenced. Contrarian views, including calls for peace, have been ridiculed and shouted down. With the release by Pakistan of the downed Indian air force pilot on March 1, 2019, temperatures have begun to cool somewhat, yet the situation remains extremely tense. We call upon the governments, political parties, mass media, and civil society in India and Pakistan to step back from the edge of conflict and to exercise constraint. The real causes of conflict in the region—important contributing factors to instability and the rise of extremism—include rampant poverty, inequalities, illiteracy, and lack of investment in human capital. Pakistan has lost more than 60 000 lives in fighting domestic terrorism in its tribal areas and Baluchistan, costing its economy at least $120 billion. Economic losses to the region are massive and simply unsustainable. It has been estimated that an additional terrorist incident per million persons reduces GDP per capita growth by about 1.5 per cent. These resources could have been spent on human development, religious harmony, and the promotion of grassroots democracy. Political leaders in both countries must move away from conflict and pursue diplomacy, dialogue, and the promotion of person to person contact and engagement between civil society representatives and youth. There is no conflict that cannot be resolved at the negotiating table. As the two countries once again stare into an abyss of disaster, we fervently call for peace, pragmatism, and the prevention of further violence. (The authors are: Dr. Arun Mitra, Vice President, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development; Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, The Aga Khan University, Karachi 75500, Pakistan (ZAB); and Dr. Arun Mitra, Zulfiqar A Bhutta and Richard Horton, The Lancet, London, UK (RH). The views expressed are strictly personal)
“The unethical marketing and promotion of infant formula and other breastfeeding substitute products in health facilities has served to undermine breastfeeding in Thailand,” the Thailand representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Bijaya Rajbhandari, and the country representatives for the World Health Organization (WHO), Maureen Birmingham, said in a joint statement.“This resolution by the Cabinet, which should help put a stop to these practices, is a commendable and critical step towards ensuring the best start in life for all children in Thailand,” the officials said.The Cabinet’s resolution endorsed proposed measures by the Ministry of Public Health to seek cooperation from all medical and health care facilities in barring promotional activities for breast milk substitutes and related products or accepting donations to allow those activities.The resolution also calls upon medical and health care personnel to “protect, support and promote breastfeeding,” and to not represent manufacturers, importers and distributors of breast milk substitutes and related products, according to the two UN agencies.This past May, UNICEF voiced alarm at the decline of breastfeeding across East Asia, and stressed the need to ensure that mothers understand the long-term benefits of this importance practice for the survival and development of their children. According to the agency, evidence shows that exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life not only improves their future growth and educational achievement, but also significantly reduces national health costs and helps prevent chronic malnutrition.In today’s statement, WHO and UNICEF stressed that the promotion and marketing of breast milk substitutes in health facilities was a violation of the International Code of Breast-milk substitutes, adopted in 1981 by the World Health Assembly.Dr. Birmingham said that Thailand now needs to pursue effective regulation of the marketing of breastfeeding substitutes and related products to mothers both within and outside of health facilities.Recent Ministry of Public Health data shows that only about 15 per cent of mothers in Thailand exclusively breastfeed for the first six months, while a large-scale survey in 2007 by the National Statistical Office found that about 15 per cent of babies had never been breastfed.
CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (centre) with other Caribbean Community representatives at the Conference.Climate change remains an ‘existential threat’ to the Caribbean, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque reminded an International Conference on Building Resilience to Natural Disasters, held in in Budapest, Romania, on Tuesday, according to a release from the Caricom Secretariat.“It has been recorded that between 2000 and 2017, Member States of our Community suffered at least seven major disasters in which damage ranged from 33% to 226% of the affected country’s GDP”, Ambassador LaRocque told the high-level Conference, attended by several CARICOM Foreign Ministers.He pointed to the 2017 experience where the estimated cost of reconstruction after the devastation by Hurricanes Irma and Maria was put at US$5 billion region-wide.“For us therefore, especially with the prediction of more intense and frequent storms, seeking to build resilience against that phenomenon is urgent,” he said.Romania, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is using the Conference for debate and exchange of good practices regarding resilience to natural disasters, and to identify and develop cooperation models between States in order to reduce the effects of global warming.Ambassador LaRocque, in highlighting the factors required to build the necessary resilience, stressed the importance of having access to concessional development financing well in advance of a disaster. He however bemoaned the fact that Member States, because of being labelled middle-income countries, cannot access this type of financing, since the principal criterion used is GDP per capita.“From our perspective, there is urgent need for the international community and international financial institutions to change the criteria for access to concessional development financing by middle-income SIDS. Substantial weight must be accorded to our vulnerability in this regard. The OECD has begun looking at the issue. We need the support of all OECD Members,” the Secretary General told the Conference.Ambassador LaRocque also pointed to the ongoing threat to the Region’s Financial Services sector from the ‘unwarranted labelling of some of our economies as non-cooperative tax jurisdictions by the EU’. Financial services, he emphasised, is a significant contributor to public finances in many CARICOM States and a source of funding for building resilience.Noting that the EU blacklisting ‘amounts to an attack on our economies’, the Secretary-General acknowledged host country Romania’s understanding of CARICOM’s concerns with regards to the EU’s actions and processes and its assistance in bringing them to the attention of the appropriate EU authorities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresidents of Cuba, Chile to join CARICOM Heads at 39th meetingJuly 2, 2018In “latest news”CARICOM and Argentina looking towards closer cooperationDecember 19, 2018In “Regional”CARICOM boss says regional integration provides resilienceMay 18, 2017In “latest news”
We had two weeks of fantastic Handball Event in Serbia – EHF EURO 2012. Here are the TOP 10 Best things of the most prestigious competition in the World of Handball.1. DANISH „NEW WAVE“Even without some injured players, Denmark became a European Champion. Four players, but more important – four important players in the Danish squad were heroes of the crucial wins in Serbia. Niklas Landin, Mikkel Hansen, Nikolaj Markussen and Rasmus Lauge are on the beginning of the twenties. God only knows where are the maximum of these talented generation. The next Olympic cycle belongs to them…2. MOMIR ILIC, DARKO STANIC AND SERBIAN „EAGLES“Hard-worker, Momir Ilic became a EHF EURO 2012 MVP. He was a really captain of the Serbian team. Most of the Europe doesn’t know for Darko Stanic. Now, everybody know for charismatic Serbian goalkeeper of untypical technique. These days in Serbia is only the “Tennis King” Novak Djokovic more popular than goalkeeper of Metalurg Skopje. Darko deserved that with his performances, but also an energy which shared with everyone. After 11 years, Serbia is celebrating a medal. Coach, Veselin Vukovic was the part of the last Final in 1986 as a player. More than 25 years after, Serbia is again “Handball country”…3. CROATIAN ROUTINE AND MARKO KOPLJARThey are fantastic team covered on the all positions with two good players. After two silver, Croatia wins bronze, but the most important, got Marko Kopljar, right back, who was „raped“ by the Media in past two years, because his performances weren’t on the NT level. Slavko Goluza saved „his life“ as the head coach. Croatia is the favorite for one of the medal at the Olympic Games…4. SPANISH TEAMThey are the Team. After Round 1 and win over France, majority of the Handball Fans thought that „Spanish time“ has come, but as we saw, France was easy to beat in Serbia. They failed in the last 90 minutes, second half against Denmark and bronze-medal match against Croatia. Before that, everything seemed perfect…5. MACEDONIAN PASSIONThe biggest impression of EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia are the Macedonian fans. In Nis, 4000 in the Hall, in Belgrade, almost 10.000 came to see the match against Denmark. With such a support was really difficult for Kiril Lazarov and friends to lose against anyone. Macedonia took fifth place, the best in the History and has a chance to qualify for the London. That is the biggest surprise of Serbian events…6. SLOVENIAN MODERN HANDBALLFirst defeat against Norway was a signal that Slovenia couldn’t do nothing in Serbia, but team coached by Boris Denic made fantastic effort, won against Iceland and Hungary and took sixth place on the end. Slovenians came to Serbia to see the potential of their new young team and coach, without big ambitions and pressure. They are now overyjoyed…7. GERMANS „ONE STEP TO THE HEAVEN“Germans had two „match balls“ for the semifinals, but obviosly, Group from Belgrade was match better. After draw with Serbia, Germany had to beat Denmark or Poland, but team of Martin Heuberger lost both of the games. They lost also a chance to qualify for the Olympic Games in London, which can be serious problem for German Handball, sponsors and progress…8. HUNGARIAN „SHORT WINGS“Team of Lajos Mocsai took three points from the Preliminary Round. It seemed that Hungarians are ready for the semifinal in front of the „home crowds“ in Novi Sad, but the first match against Iceland showed all bad things in their squad. Many of the players haven’t „key-role“ in their teams, so performances depends on that. In crucial moments, energy was lost and chance was waste, but Hungary showed that can play against everyone.9. KIRIL LAZAROVTwo times EHF CL Top scorer. After WC 2009 in Croatia (92), he sets a new record and became the Best scorer of the EHF EURO Championships ever with 61 goals.10. SERBIA…Friendly atmosphere, kind people, sold-out halls, Final weekend in front of 20.000 spectators, which is the new record of European championships, put Serbia on these list. Bravo for organisers, see you in Denmark 2014. ← Previous Story Wilbek leaves as Denmark coach in 2014! Next Story → Anita Gorbitz in Gyori until 2017
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australasian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) in Victoria, is holding an open day this Sunday at the AHEPA House at 8A Church Street in Hawthorn, Melbourne.AHEPA was established in 1922 in the United States by Greeks Americans trying to protect Hellenes from the prejudices and the discriminations they were subject to in the 1920s.The organisation has chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, Cyprus, Australia and New Zealand. The Australian chapter of AHEPA was founded in Werris Creek NSW in May 1934, exactly eighty years ago.AHEPA Australia through its cultural, charitable, educational and social activities tries to promote public interest in the Australian Hellenic culture, language and attributes of Hellenism.At the same time the organisation also tries to help Greece and Greeks in need in the motherland. Part of this priority was a recent donation of $85.944 by AHEPA Victoria to the Non-Government Organisation Kyvotos in Athens, in order to support poor, abandoned and orphan children in Greece.
Orthorexie : définition, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?L’orthorexie fait partie de la famille des troubles du comportement alimentaire comme la boulimie ou encore l’anorexie. Les personnes atteintes ont une obsession à manger sainement. Maxisciences vous expliqueDéfinitionContrairement à l’anorexie ou à la boulimie les personnes atteinte d’orthorexie n’ont pas de souci avec la quantité de nourriture présente dans leur assiette, mais bien de savoir si cette nourriture est saine. Une personne atteinte de ce trouble aura comme objectif de trouver le meilleur régime, plutôt que le poids idéal. Elle se focalise à se nourrir d’aliments qui la feront sentir pure et saine. Une personne orthorexique aura tendance à éviter toute nourriture contenant des pesticides, des OGM, des colorants artificiels ou des conservateurs ou encore les aliments contenant du sucre ou du gras.Symptômes Les personnes atteintes de ce trouble peuvent présenter de nombreux symptômes tels que : – L’obsession de manger des aliments sains- Angoisse de manger dehors- Angoisse, stress- Perte de poids rapide- Malnutrition- Insuffisance cardiaque (quand l’orthorexie devient très sévère)Traitement À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Un accompagnement psychologique et un suivi par un nutritionniste peut être nécessaire. Pour les cas les plus sévères, une hospitalisation peut être envisagée.À lire aussi Anorexie mentale : symptômes, causes, conséquences, qu’est ce que c’est ?Boulimie : définition, causes, conséquences, de quoi s’agit-il ?Le 22 mars 2018 à 17:44 • Morsli Pauline
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, November 30th, 2015 – Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in El Jadida, Morocco, has been selected to host the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final 2015.Set to take place on Saturday, December 12th, the dazzling red-carpet ceremony will welcome hospitality leaders and luminaries from around the world.Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort itself was opened in October 2009 following a multi-million dollar investment project initiated by HRH Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco.The resort, which encompasses 250 hectares of the Atlantic coast, was created by Kerzner International, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts. The perfect host for the highlight of the international hospitality calendar.Preparations are well underway, with WTA in the process of confirming world-class entertainment and an internationally renowned host for the event. A sumptuous banquet will also be served at the Gala Ceremony, mixing the best of local and international cuisine.World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It is with great pleasure World Travel Awards is able to announce the Grand Final 2015 will take place at Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in December. Having completed our annual Grand Tour it will be a honour to welcome all of our regional winners from around the world to compete for the converted global titles.“Preparations are now being finalised for what promises to be a night to remember.”WTA Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media.WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.For more information on the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 head over to the official website. Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 Sandals Resorts win top prizes at World Travel Awards Gala in Exuma Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:el jadida, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, morocco, world travel awards
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Road accident illustration by Prothom AloThree motorcyclists were killed when a truck hit a motorbike at Mahishbathan Bazar in Mahadebpur upazila of Naogaon on Tuesday night.The deceased were Sharif Hossain, 19, son of Dulal Hossain; Ruhani Islam, 19, son of Golam Rasul; and Sagar Hossain, 19, son of Abdus Samad of Bijoypur village of the upazila.The accident took place around 10:00pm when a truck rammed the motorbike carrying three people. The victims were killed on the spot, said Sazzad Hossain, officer-in-charge of Mahadebpur police station.Police later retrieved the bodies and handed them over to their families.
Share Photo provided by Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenThe Shriners Hospital located in Galveston will treat children who were injured during the recent volcanic eruption that occurred in Guatemala.Six Guatemalan children who suffered burn injuries because of the recent eruption of the Volcano of Fire are expected to arrive Wednesday night, shortly after midnight, in Galveston to be treated at the Shriners Hospitals for Children, according to the hospital public relations department.The children will be transported to the pediatric burn center, according to a news release from the hospital.The news release also detailed that, within 24 hours of the disaster, Shriners Hospitals deployed an emergency medical team from the Galveston Shriners Hospital to Guatemala to provide onsite evaluation and care.“The team worked with Guatemalan and U.S. officials to secure approval to transfer those who required further treatment at Shriners Hospitals in the United States,” the news release noted.Due to the severity of their injuries, critically burned patients are typically placed in pediatric intensive care units and the treatment can include surgery, rehabilitation and psychological support.Authorities cautiously resumed search and rescue operations Wednesday in towns and villages devastated by the volcanic eruption, which has killed at least 75 people.
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Tenants in the maritime terminal of Playa del Carmen say they continue to be without water.More than 20 tenants of the maritime terminal of Playa del Carmen have been without water since last Friday due to problems with Aguakan. The ongoing issues have seen problems remain unresolved with the city’s concessionaire.The water issues have come in the midst of summer vacation when the terminal sees about 18,000 people per day.José Luis Gutiérrez Pelayo, general manager of the port, said that they have been a week without water service since the company responsible for providing it had problems supplying it. He says the issues continue despite having payments made on time.He noted that the failure has already been reported, however there has not been a positive response from the company. For this reason, the terminal has been forced to hire pipes to run on behalf of the maritime terminal.Tenants of the terminal are demanding that the concessionaire be responsible, because they say had they not paid their water bill on time, Aguakan would not hesitate to cut off their supply, a contrary response they’ve had on the part of the company.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite He said he wishes there were other parents who would lobby for similar donations to the school.He emphasised that, as a community school, they are proud of their Islamic ethos and the partnership with the company would yield further benefits to the pupils. Mahomed Darsot, on behalf of the Shura Council, was equally appreciative of the donation and agreed that the students should be given an opportunity at experiential training at the company.An excursion will be planned to visit the factory plant in Pieters and details of the partnership will be worked out as soon as possible.The canvas marquee will be used for the Spring Festival & Food Fair on Saturday, September 6, as well as for sporting activities.The marquee normally sells for R38,000 and this donation will be part of the asset inventory of the school. Local company and winner of the Platinum Award at the 2014 Tourism Indaba, Canvas & Tent, demonstrated their corporate social responsibility when they donated a 250-seater marquee to the Islamic Educational Centre (IEC) recently.It was through the tireless efforts of Shamimah Asmal, a parent at the school and financial director at the company, that this all came to pass. Human resources manager Louise Coetzee was extremely chuffed at visiting the school and expressed her admiration at the various initiatives that has given the school a competitive advantage.The principal thanked Canvas & Tent and especially Shamimah Asmal for their magnanimous donation to the school.
Samoa Scenic has introduced a new option to its ‘off the Beaten Track’ tour options.It already offers four guided tours enabling visitors to experience the beauty of Samoa’s spectacular scenery including Lake Lanoto’o, mountain to mangrove treks/kayaking and the waters of Upolu with sea arches, trenches and waterfalls.Visitors can now also enjoy a National Park adventure with excursions within Samoa’s O Le Pupu Pu’e National Park – a visit to Ma Tree’s radiating buttress roots, a coastal lava cliff walk and the refreshing Togitogiga Falls.All tours are adults only. Wholesalers have full details.The post Samoa Scenic adds tours appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
Dealing with the effects of climate change, while protecting the livelihoods and cultures of the Pacific were the key issues discussed at a recent meeting about tourism in the region.The meeting, organised by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation, was held in Apia recently to discuses strategies for industry and how best to utilise the region’s resources.The organisation’s Chairwoman, Sonja Young, says the theme of the meeting, ‘Protecting our Blue Pacific, our Livelihood and our Home’, relates to protecting both the environment and the people of the Pacific.“It’s looking at progressing the lives of people and the industries and also at same time and cultural sustainability and ensuring the pristine environment, as per our cultural beliefs because we are just custodians for our further generations.”[Source: Radio NZ Online]The post Sustainability the focus of Pacific tourism meeting appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
Aircalin has a New Caledonia early bird sale, flying to Noumea from $230 one way including taxes.The sale period is from 3 November 2018 to 24 November 2018.Travel period one is from 19 February 2019 to 31 March 2019 and from 1 May 2019 to 30 May 2019 – Auckland to Noumea: from $230 one way.Travel period two is from 3 November 2018 to 18 December 2018, from 01 April 2019 to 30 April 2019 and from 01 June 2019 to 31 August 2019 – Auckland to Noumea: from $270 one way Prices are one way airfares and include all taxes. (Surcharge dates may apply. Check terms and conditions).These discounted airfares have protected inventory on every flight in each direction to ensure excellent availability for the New Zealand market and are booked in W-class.The post Aircalin early bird appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
“It’s incredible how we’ve treated the ocean over the years, thinking we could never do any harm to it,” says Kevin Iro, reflecting on his recent trip to Indonesia to attend the Our Ocean conference.At the conference—a major event attended by scientists, leaders, and advocates from all over the world—several corporations committed to ceasing production of single-use plastics by 2025. Among them were The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo.Iro attended the conference in his capacity as an ambassador for Marae Moana, the Cook Islands’ marine park. Legislated last year, the park has yet to be zoned and regulated beyond its ‘exclusion zones’, which are areas extending 50 nautical miles from the shore of every island in which no large-scale commercial fishing or seabed mining is permitted.In light of the emphasis on plastics at Our Ocean, Iro was proud of the work being done at home to ban plastic straws and bags.He says it’s important to remember Marae Moana is about more than just fisheries and mining; it’s also about encouraging a change in the way both locals and tourists are thinking about the environment and interacting with it.“It’s about awareness of our impact,” he says.The Our Ocean conference put Iro in touch with people from some major non-profit organisations who expressed interest in supporting the operations of Marae Moana.“It was good to meet some of the partners we’ve been dealing with over the years and to hear them say they’re still interested in supporting us,” he said. “It’s always good to let everyone know you’re still there and active.”There was no discussion about seabed minerals activity, which indicates the newness of the territory into which the Cook Islands is preparing to enter.The post Conference focuses on plastics appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog Research shows that if nothing changes, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.
Papua New Guinea’s ‘Authentic PNG’ sells a wide range of arts and crafts via its Facebook page. Business owner Dana Kurari-Roape will be attending Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand’s Path to Market programme in Auckland from 4-9 April.This year, the programme allows for businesses to showcase their products at PTI NZ’s Path to the Pacific Trade Show at The Cloud in Auckland on April 6.More than 40+ Pacific Island businesses will attend Path to Market in Auckland. Companies were identified at the local in-country Path to Market workshop as exporters or potential exporters to New Zealand. They are then invited to attend the Auckland Path to Market programme that includes showcasing at an event followed by feedback workshops, site visits and one-to-one business meetings. Authentic PNG’s Facebook page is its shop front and lives up to its name.Products on show and for sale at The Cloud are: sublimated printed tees featuring PNG patterns and motifs; Bilum — traditional handmade string bags once used by women to carry babies and household items (these bags are handmade with traditional twine or wool and coloured string. The bags are growing in popularity in Australia and other non-traditional markets); traditional fine carvings; handmade pottery and finely woven cane products not usually seen in New Zealand. Some of these products are available to buy via her APNG Facebook page. Orders are taken and then freighted to the buyers.“We identify and source unique pieces from talented rural artists,” Ms Kurari-Roape said.Her business opened in 2014. In 2018 Ms Kurari-Roape attended the Path to Market workshop in Port Moresby where she was selected by the local economic development agency to come to Auckland.Whilst on the workshop she wants to, “Observe and learn as much as I can. And to understand what PTI has been doing and how APNG can be part of this great adventure with PTI NZ.”Another important aim is taking her learnings from her Auckland experience back home. She wanted to apply this to her business operation local and international.“I find PNG and New Zealand have commonality as cultural people and so both nationals respectively love the rich diversified cultures, the land and its people.”We tend to love our culture displayed in today’s contemporary world.Authentic PNG has customers from New Zealand enquiring and wanting to buy our cane baskets/trays, natural fibre Bilums (bags) and carvings. PNG cane products lasts a lifetime and so it APNG would like to be the catalyst in providing the long-lasting household product to New Zealand consumers, she wrote in her email.“Happy to find a market in NZ to provide in large quantity. We will bring samples for the market day,” she said.For more information email Ian Furlong, PTI Trade Development Manager, on email@example.comThe post PNG’s ‘Authentic’ arts and crafts in Auckland appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
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