Monthly Archives: April 2017

Leo Dion nominates for ENB Regional

The Evergreen sleepy town of Kokopo in the East New Britain Province turned RED today!

Deputy Prime Minister and Governor for EastNew Britain today nominates and turned the streets RED with his Party PNC colours!

Hundreds of City Residents all turned up to show signs of support that they will bring him back for another term in the Parliament.

 

 

 

Highlands Highway rehabilitation continues

BY: Sally Pokiton

Local Communities in the Henganofi district of Eastern Highlands province have been called on to support the rehabilitation of the Highlands Highway in the district.

Police Minister and member for Henganofi Robert Atiafa said local participation is important in carrying out the project which will cost over K81 million.

The signing of the project took place in Port Moresby this morning at Government house, and will see the Highlands Highway section of the Henganofi district to Lampo undergo rehabilitation over the next two years.

The Asian Development Bank and the Government of PNG are partnering in the road rehabilitation project, at a total cost of K81, 691,247.

Works Secretary David Wereh said this is part of the government’s ongoing Highlands Core Road Network efforts in the 10 year Highlands Highway rehabilitation work under ADB and European Union funding.

He said since the inception of the 10 year program in 2007, and under first tranche of the project sealed the Mendi to Kandep road, and the Liagam-Pogera road.

Other projects on various sections of the highlands highway are still being carried out.

Deputy General Manager of China Wuyi Co Ltd, Ding Hong Liang said despite this being their first project in the country, they are ready and will work closely with the locals to deliver it on time.

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/highlands-highway-rehabilitation-continues-57512

No more Task Force Sweep team

BY: Sally Pokiton

Funding constraints over the past three years has seen Investigation body, Task Force Sweep withdraw its appeal in the Supreme Court today after a long court battle.

 A three-man Supreme Court bench this morning allowed the withdrawal of the appeal after leave was sought in the court by Sam Koim in his capacity as Chairman of the Investigation Task Force Sweep team.

This now means that the stay that was issued by the Supreme Court in February, allowing the work of the Task Force Sweep team to continue, while the Supreme Court deals with the appeal is discharged.

task force on hold

Koim asked the court this morning to allow him to withdraw the appeal which was filed challenging the decision of a Judicial Review in the National Court.

The Judicial Review on Dec 2,2016 upheld the NEC decision to disband the Task Force sweep in 2014 because the establishment of the Investigation Task Force Sweep team was as a result of an administrative NEC policy decision and the court has no jurisdiction to review an NEC decision.

Task Force Sweep has not received any funding since it was abolished on 18 June 2014 and Koim said although they maintained the office through the stay that was put in place by the courts, it was impossible for them to survive and sustain operations.

When asked by Loop PNG about the timing of the withdrawal of the appeal given nominations are on, Koim said he has no intentions to contest the elections.

“Its 24 hours before the nominations close, there’s nothing much we can do about it.

“We have made the decision to withdraw the proceeding for personal reasons, which does not include contesting the elections.

For now, the Task Force Sweep team is no longer in place until and unless the government decides.

Meanwhile retired judge, Graham Ellis is expected in the country this Friday, according to lawyer Tiffany Twivey in court today.

Retired Judge Ellis was appointed by NCE to head the new investigation body; Independent Commission Against Corruption.

It is a NEC decision and the bill for the establishment of ICAC is still before Parliament. It is yet to go for the third reading and the final vote.

 

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/no-more-task-force-sweep-team-57571

PNG’s WTO Representation

 

PAPUA New Guinea is amongst other Pacific Island countries excluding Fiji and Solomon Islands to have permanent representation in the World Trade Organisation.
This was revealed by the Secretary for Trade Commerce and Industry John Andrias yesterday.

Mr Andrias said however some are still in the process of establishing representation with the WTO.

He said PNG made a conscious decision to join the WTO and be part of the Multilateral Trading System (MTS) because it believes that the system provides security and stability in trade for all its members even more so for the smallest and most vulnerable economies.

“We believe the system was developed with the purpose of promoting prosperity for all its members,” he stated.

Therefore, Mr Andrias said Fiji and Solomon islands have a permanent representation in Geneva to help them so they have a mission.

PNG is represented from its Brussels mission and due to the distance they are not there on a day to day basis to attend to all the negotiations taking place in Geneva.

“We have done some submissions over the last three years, we have NEC endorsement but to date we are still looking at ways to get a mission established in Geneva because Geneva is a strategic location where you have the UN missions like WTO, ILO there so it will not be a mistake to have a permanent representation in Geneva where we will be able to safe guard our interests and also to look at ways to get more benefits and developments.

The rest of us who are members of WTO, rely on Pacific Islands Secretariat through Madam Mere Falemaka to represent us,” he said.

Mr Andrias said there is a small dedicated team in Geneva that monitors all the negotiations on all areas including export or fisheries subsidies issues which were not discussed or on the table over the last 16 years.

“So for us as a country and a region that that is dependent on fisheries, we are to ensure that there are proper rules and policies for us.

“Our interest is to be accommodated so we have to be in there to ensure that our interest in terms of policies and development aspirations are
all captured in the export subsidy rules that will be negotiated and accepted by all members once everyone agrees to it,” he said.

http://postcourier.com.pg/pngs-wto-representation/

Judiciary launches online case listings

BY: Sally Pokiton

Court users who don’t have access to emailed copies of the National and Supreme Court diary can now access that online on the PNG Judiciary website.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo has launched the online Case Docketing System (CDS) for Court Listings via the PNG Judiciary website www.pngjudiciary.gov.pg and is encouraging court users to make use of the online listing services to improve on their case preparations and attendance in court.

He said online posting of the cases lists for both the National and Supreme Court is the first step the Judiciary is taking in introducing the e-filing which the Supreme Court will introduce later this year.

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The PNG case list contains cases that are progressively listed before judges in both the National and Supreme Court for hearing on a daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly basis.

Basic and necessary information concerning each case such as parties, lawyers representing the parties, type of matter set down for hearing, the presiding judge, date, time and location of the hearing will be on the case list.

Sir Salamo said this is a step taken to modernise the judiciary’s case management system where technology is important in helping improving the efficiency of court case management systems.

“It’s a first time we done this by posting our case list online and we are quite pleased to achieve that,” he said.

“Posting of the case listings online is part of the court’s program to modernize the courts so that court services and court information are readily accessible to our court users.

“It gives us the opportunity also to build up our staff capacity and to train our staff to be able to make the necessary input of data and the technical requirements that go with it to be able to these products,” The Chief Justice added.

A third court, which is the Court of Appeals case listings will be included online too as and when the Appeal Court bill is passed by Parliament.

“We will upgrade the technical requirements and the data base so that the court of appeals can be included for its case listings,” Sir Salamo further added.

This Bill will see the Court of Appeals come between the National and Supreme Court. The third and final reading of the Bill was supposed to have gone through in the last sitting of Parliament however that was not done.  It remains on parliament’s list of unfinished business.

 

 

NAQIA Warns Of Tougher Panelities

THE National Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Authority has warned of tougher penalties when its regulations are amended.

The warning was sounded by NAQIA officials last Friday in Port Moresby when announcing the detention of a large quantity of powdered kava that had been shipped in from Fiji, bypassing import protocols.

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The 11 cartons were impounded by NAQIA officials over a week ago at Jackson International Airport. A notice of detention was subsequently issued to a Port Moresby-based Fijian clothing company, Jacks.
NAQIA boss Joel Alu said the goods would be destroyed by incineration.
Investigations would be carried out as to how the goods were landed without following proper protocols.
“Under the existing laws they can be charged up to K4000.
“This is not the first time we have confiscated items.
“We have in the past impounded things like fresh poultry from the US, Indonesia’ even rice from China.
“Despite our surveillance efforts, people are still bringing stuff in illegally.
“This is concerning because it poses a biosecurity threat to our country but more importantly our local industry,” Mr Alu said.

 

http://postcourier.com.pg/naqia-warns-tougher-penalities/

Aussie GG touches down in PNG

By: Cedric Patjole

Australian Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, arrived in PNG today as part the ANZAC Day commemorative celebrations and mark the 75th Anniversary of the World War II campaigns in PNG.

 

The official carrier, The Royal Australian Airforce, touched down at 10:55am at the Jacksons International Airport to the welcome of a PNG Defence Force Guard of Honour and Royal PNG Constabulary Band.

At 11:02 am Governor-General Cosgrove disembarked and was greeted by Chief Protocol Officer, Morea Veratau, Minister for Sports, Special Events and APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davies, Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari, and Foreign Affairs Secretary, William Dihm.

PNG Defence Force Commander, Gilbert Toropo, received Cosgrove before the Guard which the Australian Governor-General inspected as part of the ceremonial welcome and formalities.

At 11:13 am Cosgrove left the airport e route to meet PNG Governor general Bob Dadae.

The Australian Governor-General will attend Anzac Day events which include the Dawn Service at the Bomana War Cemetery tomorrow, the Anzac Day Ceremony at the Isurava Memorial in Oro Province, and a commemorative service at Kokoda Station.

He will also visit Alotau Province to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay before leaving PNG.

 

Picture: Sir Peter Cosgrove inspects a Guard of Honour on arrival at the Jacksons International Airport in

 

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/aussie-gg-touches-down-png-57396

 

Its On!

ABOUT 1000 candidates have nominated so far since the issue of writs for the National Election last Thursday, among them Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato’s office gave an update yesterday on candidates who have nominated. Prime Minister O’Neill, Planning Minister Charles Abel, Sports and APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko, National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop, Communications and Technology Minister Jimmy Miringtoro, were among the first to nominate.

“Just by looking at the list so far from updated reports received from about 10 provinces as of yesterday, the nominations are slow but we expect most of them to nominate tomorrow (Monday) and all by Thursday,” Mr Gamato’s office said.

The Electoral Commission headquarters had received lists from election officials in Milne Bay, Northern, Morobe, New Ireland, East Sepik, Western, Madang and East New Britain, Bougainville, Central, NCD, West Sepik, West New Britain, Eastern Highlands, Southern Highlands, Western Highlands and Chimbu at the weekend.

About 4000 candidates and 45 political parties are expected to contest for the 111 seats in Parliament during the National Election,

Last Friday it was recorded that Milne Bay had five provincial candidates had nominated, eight for Alotau Open, four for Samarai-Murua, three for Esa’ala and six for Kiriwina-Goodenough.

Other progressive tallies included:

• Northern Provincial (2), Sohe (4) Ijivitari (2)

• Morobe Provincial (7), Kabwum (3), Lae Open (5), Markham (3), Menyamya (1), Nawaeb (10) Tewae-Siassi (2), Finschhafen (3), Huon Gulf (2) and Bulolo (30).

• East Sepik Regional (2) Ambunti-Dreikikir (2), Angoram (1), Maprik (5), Wewak (5), Wosera-Gawi (3) and Yangoru-Saussia (2)

• Madang Provincial (4), Bogia (3), Madang Open (2), Middle Ramu (5) and Sumkar (7)

• Western Provincial (6), North Fly (5), South Fly (1) and Middle Fly (1)

• East New Britain Provincial (3), Gazelle (3), Kokopo (6), Pomio (4) and Rabaul (3)

• New Ireland Provincial (6), Kavieng (4) and Namatanai (1)

Southern Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Bougainville, Chimbu, Western Highlands, Central and West New Britain election officials informed Post-Courier late yesterday that full updates would be given today. They only provided estimated figures.

“Just by looking at the list so far from updated reports received from about 10 provinces as of yesterday, the nominations are slow but we expect most of them to nominate tomorrow, and all by Thursday,” Mr Gamato’s office said.
The Electoral Commission headquarters had received lists from election officials in Milne Bay, Northern, Morobe, New Ireland, East Sepik, Western, Madang and East New Britain, Bougainville, Central, NCD, West Sepik, West New Britain, Eastern Highlands, Southern Highlands, Western Highlands and Chimbu during the weekend.
About 4000 candidates and 45 political parties are expected to contest for the 111 seats in parliament during the National Election,
Last Friday, it was recorded that Milne Bay had five provincial candidates had nominated, eight for Alotau Open, four for Samarai-Murua, three for Esa’ala and six for Kiriwina-Goodenough.
Other progressive tallies included;

  • Northern Provincial (2), Sohe (4) Ijivitari (2)
  • Morobe Provincial (7), Kabwum (3), Lae Open (5), Markham (3), Menyamya (1), Nawaeb (10) Tewae-Siassi (2), Finschhafen (3), Huon Gulf (2) and Bulolo (30).
  • East Sepik Regional (2) Ambunti-Dreikikir (2), Angoram (1), Maprik (5), Wewak (5), Wosera-Gawi (3) and Yangoru-Saussia (2)
  • Madang Provincial (4), Bogia (3), Madang Open (2), Middle Ramu (5) and Sumkar (7)
  • Western Provincial (6), North Fly (5), South Fly (1) and Middle Fly (1)
  • East New Britain Provincial (3), Gazelle (3), Kokopo (6), Pomio (4) and Rabaul (3)
  • New Ireland Provincial (6), Kavieng (4) and Namatanai (1)

Southern Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Bougainville, Chimbu, Western Highlands, Central and West New Britain election officials informed Post-Courier late yesterday that full updates would be given today. They only provided estimated figures.

 

http://postcourier.com.pg/its-on-2/

Strong wind warning for Southern, Momase and Manus

BY: Quintina Naime

With the National Elections already in campaign mode, candidates and supporters in the Southern and Momase regions must be aware of strong winds when out campaigning.

People living along the coast of the Southern and Momase regions including Manus Province are urged to take precaution when going out to sea.

The PNG National Weather Service has issued a renewal strong wind warning for all coastal waters of Southern PNG to Northern PNG including Vanimo, Aitape, Wewak, west of Madang and all waters of Manus.

Strong southeast winds of 25/34 knots are expected to continue for the next 24 hours causing rough seas and high wind waves.

All small crafts and boat operators are advised to take necessary precautions before going out to sea.

PNG NWS assistant director Jimmy Gomoga stresses that people should be wary of these warnings issued every time and adhere to these warnings to avoid getting lost out at sea.

Coastal villagers are also warned to avoid traveling long distances by boat or dinghy and also going out fishing during this time of strong winds.

Gomoga said previously that strong winds were expected during the wet season especially along the southern coast of PNG.

 

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/strong-wind-warning-southern-momase-and-manus-57230

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