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The truth about Mathew Yakai / MCC’s taro blight lies

Arnold Jameson

Taro Blight? Really? So what about the Yams, Bananas, Sugar canes, Cassavas, Sago palm trees and all the other plants that dried up like they were burnt too?

Check out the pictures of plants that are NOT TARO, but are also burnt right after the heaviest fog from the Chinese NiCo mine covered the Basamuk area of Madang Province, on the 17th of February this year (2014).

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The MCC (Madang Chinese Clowns) Ramu Nickel Mine had two of THEIR OWN Community Affairs officers appear in both the Post Courier and the National newspapers smiling and holding 2 taro plants saying they look
burnt because of a disease called the taro blight.  The article was a very shallow piece not stating which villages were visited, figures of how many plants including taros were collected and tested for how long, how is it that other plants affected as well are still called taro blight, where are the research results, why are the results not shown to the project impacted people of Basamuk and PNG as a whole etc…etc…etc…etc and etc..

Such clowns with newspaper articles that have no one’s name on it as the journalist who researched before writing such poor/crappy articles, but we all know its none other than Mathew Yakai, the Papua New Guinean traitor’s work of betrayal. Word is there are people related to people who have worked and are working in the mine, looking out for the person (Mathew Yakai) who turns their life’s stories into circus entertainment articles for the Ramu Nickel Chinese Clowns and himself to enjoy.

Let Mathew deal with himself, let’s get back to telling the Madang Chinese Clowns (MCC) the TRUTH about their ‘Taro Blight’ story with Full Colored Pictures’, so listen very carefully.

On the morning of February 17th this year (2014), something terribly strange happened meaning, something that’s never happened and experienced before happened. It affected both adults and children.

It started a little after 12midnight, and went away at around 3 o’clock in the morning. Areas around the Chinese Nickel Mine at the Basamuk Bay were fogged up by a very thick fog that came out of the mine and refused to rise because it was way too heavy. There were experiences of thick fogs coming out of the mine previously, as on the 18th of October 2012 and January 2013, but this one is way heavier and thicker. It caused the series of things that I will tell you about after I tell you about the 2012 and the 2013 ones.

On the 18th of October 2012, there was a leakage and also a fog, the first time a fog was experienced by the Basamuk people. This fog also turned some plants that are nearer to the mine brown, and the Chinese Nickel Mine told the people, it’s the act of fire, a fire no one saw and knew about except the Madang Chinese Clowns (MCC).

Then in January 2013, another fog from the mine sank instead of rising and suffocated the people, both young and old. To ‘help’ with this NASTY situation the Madang Chinese Clowns went around giving…..wait for it…..wait for it…. COCA COLA soft drinks to the people! Imagine the kids! A lousy K2000 was handed out to the Jungag community to distribute (maybe everyone gets K5 each then?) for the people affected, and everyone else seriously affected were given K100 each to help themselves. Having said that, none of these was reported in the mainstream media as usual.

Now, this fog that’s thicker and heavier than these two previous fogs that I’ve just told you about took place on February 17th, 2014. Like the others it sank instead of rising and was all over the sea, covering most of the Basamuk area. The roads were also said to be covered by this fog, confusing the drivers of trucks especially those climbing mountains to and from the Basamuk area.

Thick white smoke from the refinery, moving southwards

Thick white fog from the refinery, moving southwards

Three of the guards on duty on site that night couldn’t take it anymore that they had to RUN to the nearest creek at Ganglau and dip their heads into it. Adults in the area confirmed that they were coughing continuously because the fog was everywhere, and a child of 4 years old died that morning too. It is believed that the boy died because he was very sick, and the fog complicated his breathing which may have caused his death.

Right after the fog cleared that day, without delay the plants, including food plants started to go brown and eventually die. Instead of addressing the problem, the Madang Chinese Clowns (MCC) had their puppet Mathew Yakai LIE to everyone through the Mainstream media that all these exclusives are just the ‘Taro Blight’ disease.

What you and everyone else don’t know is that, the MCC Community Affairs officers who appeared in the papers with Mathew Yakai’s delightful ‘Taro Blight’ story, were actually patrolling these VERY affected areas and handing out K100 each to every garden owner to keep his/her mouth shut.

With that, Gabriel Luluaki the so-called Department of Environment and Conservation Officer, should go down to Basamuk and sip as much ‘safe’ sea water as he could and eat some food from these gardens with the people, instead of letting the Madang Chinese Clowns PISS the words ‘Ramu Nico meets government criteria’ through his mouth. Word is this Gabriel Luluaki person was PAID by Mathew Yakai’s MCC friends. Well, you can just can tell how Gabriel’s T-shirt is struggling to keep his stomach in from the picture taken by none other then Mathew Yakai ‘again’.

All in all, the PNG Mainstream journalists still FAIL to ask the right questions so as to report both sides of this story. EMTV reported Ramu NiCo Meets Government Criteria on DSTP’. Attending conferences to eat and drink and copy word for word and reposting Press Releases is simply LAZY Journalism and Plain STUPIDITY.

Another example is the National Newspaper of Thursday May 22nd 2014 running a story with the headline ‘Company Meeting all Criteria’. What criteria? Shouldn’t the public know in black and white researches and results by independent bodies since this matter is ‘Highly Controversial’ and is ‘Public Information’?

Then again these stories and many others don’t have the name of a journalist to it and again, we all know its Mathew Yakai’s doing. Another joke he created to laugh about with his Chinese Clown buddies. Therefore, if you are in the Basamuk area, Kumbrukari or anywhere else in Madang and your sons, daughters, parents or you yourself fall very ill and are in pain because of Ramu NiCo’s poisons, bear in mind that Mathew Yakai is telling everyone else that YOU ARE ALL LIARS. He is currently telling everyone that you are all in heaven when you and your families are actually going through hell right now. Die if you will, Mathew Yakai has the Chinese Clowns to protect NOT YOU.

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Mining threat to marine, conservation group says

The National aka The Loggers Times

MARINE life in Madang is facing environmental risks created by major development projects in the province, says a non-government organisation.

Mas Kagin Tapani Association project co-ordinator Wenceslaus  Magun said the Ramu nickel cobalt mine deep sea tailings endangered marine life.

The tailings have already polluted the Basamuk Bay just after two years of mining operations, he said.

Magun said waste from various canneries and factories, and the proposed deep sea mining in the Bismark Sea could affect marine resources.

“The threat to marine life posed by major development is a challenge for the organisation, which is focusing on the conservation of marine resources such as the leatherback turtles,” he said.

“There is an urgent need for the community at large to understand this.

“The local, provincial and the Government has to be well informed of the proposed developments and their effects on their environment.”

Mas Kagin is making a positive input through its campaign programme by holding a public forum in Madang.

Magun said the organisation was trying to conserve the leatherback turtle and other marine resources.

He said conservation of the turtle species was vital as it was a cultural resource for the people. Losing the species would result in loss of their culture and identity.”

He said donors that support their fight include WWF Melanesia, Global Green grants, South Pacific Regional Environment Programme plus support in-kind from family members.

He said the programme put emphasis on the turtle population which was declining.

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Mine tailings in Basamuk Bay

The National aka The Loggers Times

Governor Kas speaking at the Forum

Governor Jim Kas wants answers on Ramu tailings pollution

MADANG Governor Jim Kas has asked the Department of Environment and Conservation to investigate findings of a recent study indicating that the two canyons to the east and west beneath the sea in Basamuk Bay have been affected by tailings from the RamuNiCo mine.

According to Kas, there are three canyons beneath the sea in Basamuk Bay where the tailings from the mine are being deposited.

He said the University of Papua New Guinea and a research organisation from France conducted surveys in the area starting 2010.

“In 2010 they found and established some baseline data from that particular area.

“MCC says that from the modelling when DSTP saw one of those canyons, the two canyons to the east and west of that canyon will not be affected,” Kas said in Parliament last Friday.

“But according to the recent study done about two months ago, as witnessed by the Member for Usino-Bundi and myself, the canyons are now affected.

“Will you confirm or deny that these things are happening under the sea at Basamuk?” he asked Environment and Conservation Minister John Pundari.

Kas was concerned that the mining operation was now into its second year and the canyons were being affected.

He asked Pundari if measures could be taken to conduct independent studies to establishing the fact that such was happening at Basamuk.

“I’ll be interested in those assessments whoever they are, whether they are independent parties engaged by the Madang provincial government or the district for that matter, for and on behalf of the people,” Pundari said.

“I will get my department to assess that and if there is a need for an independent study or further studies to be done I will inform the governor accordingly.”

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Ramu mine tailings threaten bay

Toxic tailings on the move – company modeling proving wrong…

The National aka The Loggers Times

JUST two years of operation of the Ramu nickel-cobalt mine has seen tailings smother organisms and sediment in the Basamuk Bay, a research says.

Such has been the impact on the biodiversity that organisms have disappeared, it said.

Marine researcher and biology lecturer from the University of Papua New Guinea Ralf Mana said:

“The tailings of the mine disposed into the bay have overridden the organisms and the sea and the sea floor.

“The shellfish, star-fish, worms, sea cucumbers and other invertebrates that live on the ocean sediments are affected.”

Mana and two French researchers from the National Museum of National History in Paris, carried out a study over 30 days on the research vessel Alis and reported on the impact of the tailings. Mana said they had not seen the organisms that lived on the sediment.

“All the organisms have disappeared,” he claimed.

“In 2010 and 2012, similar researches undertaken collected samples of the organisms and sediment on the sea floor.

“Only two years after the operation of the mining, tailings of the mine have smothered the organisms and the sediment. The organisms that live above the sea floor might move away or die.

“We might lose the different biodiversity in the sea because of the tailings.

“I believe the tailing canyon is tilted at six degrees which is too low. This is causing the tailings to accumulate at both sides of the canyon.

“The tilt had caused the tailings to move east and west. This is contrary to the tailing disposal model.”

The researchers were involved in the Maddeep Kavieng Biodiversity Expedition that started in April and ended at the weekend.

The expedition involved taking pictures of living organism and collecting sediment at ocean depths ranging from 200 metres to  1500m.

This is where the organisms live without the use of sunlight but rely on other energy sources to survive.

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Security guard affected by the thick smoke from MCC refinery

Mystery deepens regarding the story by John Bivi in the National Newspaper about pollution from the Basamuk refinery polluting local food crops and the gardens.

Thick white smoke from the refinery, moving southwards

Thick smoke from the refinery, moving southwards

A landowner at Basamuk has confirmed that not only the food crops were spoilt but a security guard was also affected. The guard is suffering infections in his eyes which he believes are as a result of the thick dark smoke from the refinery factory.

The source added that MCC only release the smoke during night when there are heavy down pours of rain and most likely when everyone is inside their houses. However the poor security guards are outside guarding during night that’s how his eyes are affected.

Tha landowner added a Mineral Resource Authority inspector visited last week during the National Mine Safety week but did nothing on the issues that were raised by locals. They complained about the thick dark smoke which is released during the night and during heavy rain and falls down as fog during the morning to the ground level and the wind helps to spread affecting food crops badly.

The government and MCC are turning are blind eye on to this and the poor people are suffering silently.

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Flaws in Ramu NiCo pollution denial

The scientific analysis by experts at Cocoa Coconut Institute of PNG (CCIPNG) for Ramu NiCo on the alleged gas explosion at Basamuk, rather shows obvious flaws in their attempt to cover up what seems to be major gas pollution.

First of all, the scientific analysis was carried out several weeks after the initial alleged pollution from the explosion. Even the experts themselves admitted the evidence of pollution would have disappeared by then. It does not take an expert to point out the first compromise of their analysis.

Secondly, poor visual evidence was presented in the article, only showing a bunch of unidentified leaves and the faces of those experts. There was no proper visual display of proof by the experts.

Thirdly, experts stated that if the pollution was sulfuric acid, it would have destroyed the other crops as well. Below is a picture that was taken in Dein village recently after the explosion. It shows the yellowing of almost all vegetation in the area.

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Is this not a possible indication of sulfuric acid leakage? Those experts have to question their 100% certainty on the taro blight.

Furthermore, these are sample pictures of the taro blight:

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And these are pictures from a garden in Mindre near Basamuk, taken recently after the alleged gas leak:

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It only requires common sense to know there is something wrong here, and people in authority are not speaking out on what is really going on. Unofficially, according to an inside source, “there are pressing environment non-compliance issues that need regress”.

Hence, the credibility of the expert analysis may be down to individual comprehension, but the obvious flaws cannot be denied. CCIPNG have to be honest on their analysis when reporting such matters because this is not about securing interests, it is about protecting peoples’ lives.

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Ramu mine denies pollution

Post Courier

ramumineRAMU NiCo Mine in Madang Province has denied allegations from nearby communities that smoke from the mine’s refinery is affecting their food crops like yam and taro.

In a statement last week, the miner said preliminary findings from a combined plant experts including Yak Namaliu, plant pathologist and Waike Yasinge, plant agronomist from Cocoa Coconut Institute of PNG (CCRIPNG) and Moses Moruba from food Crops and agriculture division of the Department of Agriculture and Livestock in Madang Province have confirmed that.

The findings said a common fungal disease called phytophtora or “taro blight” is the main cause withering taro leaves and affecting other garden food crops including yam and banana at Basamuk villages close to the Ramu NiCo owned Basamuk Refinery and not the alleged smoke from Ramu NiCo Refinery.

In a statement, Ramu NiCo said CCRIPNG is the public state entity mandated to carry out research on coconut and cocoa in PNG.

After a week of assessment on villages and food crops, the research team concluded that the crops were 100% affected by taro blight and not the alleged sulfuric gas from Basamuk Refinery.

“Taro blight is common during rainy or wet season. If it was sulfuric acid then banana and sugar canes, including other crops would be severely affected,” Mr. Namaliu said.

The team also denied a report by John Bivi from Madang Provincial Government’s Director of Mines that villagers in the Rai Coast District were affected by the alleged gas emission.

Bivi’s report alleged that thick fumes and smelt acid were reported in the Rai Coast villages, including impacts on human lives and garden crops.

“Bivi does not have the scientific data and lab analysis to prove that. He must be very careful,” the team warned. Ramu NiCo also categorically denies any pollution caused by Basamuk Refinery.

Mr. Namaliu said during their assessment, they discovered that most garden crops were healthy but those that showed signs of withering were due to either taro blight or black-cross which are common fungal diseases during the wet season.

“It is impossible that any damage been done by the sulfuric gas. It would even be deflated with no impact on plants as sulfur gas is common in the air and diluted fast,” Mr. Namiliu said.

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