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Orchids unveiled

August 16, 2017

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THE Papua New Guinea women’s rugby league team now have a name, the Orchids, which was officially announced yesterday in Port Moresby.
The event saw the PNG Rugby Football League release its 30-member squad for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup which will be staged in Sydney in November.
The women’s national team logo was unveiled while the naming rights sponsor, Oil Search, was formally announced.

PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said the process that was undertaken by the league to find a new name and brand for the women’s national team was a testament to the importance the league had placed on the women’s game.

He said the name Orchids was reflective of the country’s unique flora and fauna.
Tsaka said he was proud because it was an important first step PNG women’s rugby league was taking and they could now consider themselves a member of the international rugby league community.

Although the PNG women’s team have yet to play a match, they will get that opportunity before the World Cup when the Jillaroos, Australia’s national women’s team, travel up with their Prime Minister’s 13 for the annual fixture at the end of the month.
“The national women’s rugby league has not had a formal name and in fact have yet to play an international match,” Tsaka said.

“The name of the national team was approved by the PNGRFL board in March this year.
“The board decided to find a named that was indigenous to PNG and reflected on the national diversity,” Tsaka said

The PNG Orchids 30-member squad will now going into training for the Prime Minister’s 13 curtain raiser  on Sept 23 and then the Women’s World Cup (Nov 16-Dec 2).
2017 Rugby League World Cup chief executive Andrew Hill confirmed that the Jillaroos would play the Orchids as the curtain raiser to the PMs’ 13 fixture at the National Football Stadium.

Orchids naming rights sponsor Oil Search Limited was represented by managing director Peter Botten who said his company which has its roots in the country was proud of being associated with the country’s number one sport as well as being part of the women’s game.
“We are proud to sponsor PNG’s national sport through direct sponsorship and also through the National Football Stadium,” Botten said.

Representing the Papua New Guinea womenfolk during the event Mrs Lynda Babao-O’Neill, wife of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill officially unveiled the PNG Orchids logo.
She congratulated the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League for their efforts in developing and promoting the women’s game.

PNG Orchids squad: Barbar Selsel, Carol Humeu, Cathy Neap, Elvina Aaron, Freda Waula, Grace Mark, Jenifer Michael, Joan Kuman, Maima Wae, Margaret Papo, Martha Karl, Naomi Kaupa, Shirley Joe, Akosita Baru, Anna Oiufa, Brenda Goro, Christy Roulage, Della Audama, Elava Turpa, Gloria Kaupa, Helen Abau, Jacobeth Ware, Shirley Jerry, Vero Waula; Shadow players: Anas Lingiliket, Atua Arek, Barbra Andrew, Fay Sogavo, Mala Mark, Melisa James. Coach: Dennis Miall.




Call To Improve Timber Value

THE Director of PNG Forest Institute in Lae, Dr Martin Golman, has called for institutions to work together to promote the downstream processing of timber and improve its value.


He made this call last Friday during a workshop by several partners from PNG and Australia to enhance value-added wood processing in the country.


“Collaborative support from every organisation can improve downstream processing of timber in the country. Only 20 per cent of timber is processed here while 80 per cent is exported and processed overseas so we must work together to increase that,” he said.


Dr Golman highlighted that processing of timber in the country promoted the Governments’  policy of downstream processing.


“Small-scale timber producers who produce 500 to 5,000 cubic meters of timber can treat process their timber before exporting,” he said.


Head of the Department of Forestry at University of Technology Dr Mex Peki said that downstream processing of timber could be improved through more research.


“By 2030, we want more than 80 per cent of our timber to be processed here in the country. This can be achieved through continuous support from institutions,” he said.


The workshop is was funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, PNG Forest Research Institute, Unitech, PNG Timber and Forest Industry Training College and PNG Forest Industries Association.

via: The National [15/08/17]

Snake Bite Awareness Vital

Post Courier Author 


St John Ambulance PNG is looking at focusing its emergency medical technician (EMT) and ambulance operator team training to deal with snakebites.

According to St John Ambulance PNGs’ chief staff officer, Matthew Cannon, the prevalence of snakebite related deaths in PNG is extremely high and warranted greater attention.

“On average, about three people in PNG die of snake bites everyday, which is equivalent to about 1000 a year. In Australia they only get one snake bite related death a year. That is equal to about 1000 times the snakebite related deaths for a population that is about 33 times smaller,” he said.

Statistics have indicated a higher occurrence of poisonous snake bites along the coastal regions of PNG, especially along the Papuan coast.

Gapi Mala, a 56 year-old from Kore village in Rigo was bitten by a death adder a month ago while working in his garden.

According to Mr Mala, he had not felt the bite, but realized something was wrong when he started coughing up blood.

The prompt actions of his family members who took him to Kwikila station hospital and then to Port Moresby general hospital saved his life.

According to Mr Cannon there needs to be awareness of how to deal with snakebites.

“We need to dispel some rumors; firstly, sucking the venom out of the bite wound doesn’t work and in some cases may even make things worse. Cutting the wound also and tying off the limbs to restrict blood flow doesn’t work.”

“The first thing you should always do is call an ambulance. After that, you need to put a compression bandage on the wound and try not to move the patient around as much as possible. This can increase blood flow, causing the venom to spread much faster through the body. If the patient starts experiencing nausea, vomiting or drooping eyelids, put them on their side to clear their airways,” he said.

Mr Cannon said it was important to identify the type of snake that bit you, as some snakes have a dry bite and are not venomous.

“It is helpful if you can take a photo of the snake to help identify it, but about 90 per cent of all snakebite cases we deal with are caused by the Papuan Taipan or Papuan Black. We deal with several snakebite cases in a week in Port Moresby.”

$15 Billion Worth Of PNG Logs Are Sold To The US Annually

August 11,2017


Source: Post Courier Online

A recent article in the National Geographic magazine has put Papua New Guinea’s tropical forests at risk of being taken over by foreigners.

The report titled “Stained Trade” says that 12 percent of our land, that’s more than 8 million acres has been invaded by foreign investments through a 99-year land leasing scheme, rent free, with the government collecting royalties on exported logs.The biggest consumer of wood products is the United States with China selling almost $15 billion worth of PNG logs made into furniture, and home improvement items annually.

It’s a shame that unknowingly the  U.S may unwittingly be fueling illegal logging in Papua New Guinea’s tropical forests simply by shopping at furniture stores.

A non-profit organization, ‘Global Witness’, has tracked the 9,000-mile journey of timber from the South Pacific nation, where illegal logging is rampant, through Chinese factories to retail shelves in the U.S.

The report says companies are not doing enough to ensure the wood they’re selling is legal.

While the U.S. bans the import of illegal wood, China does not.

PNG is home to the world’s third largest tropical rain forest, with mountainous terrain and hundreds of islands, Papua New Guinea is considered one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

Sir Peter Ipatas: I am supporting O’Neill because he is a good Prime Minister

Governor-elect for Enga Sir Peter Ipatas has defended Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and appealed to all the leaders who say he is corrupt to provide evidence and look at themselves.
Sir Peter said that Mr O’Neill was a people’s leader and a good leader, and he put up his hand to make sure he returns as the Prime Minister because of the attention Enga has received in the last five years compared to the last 15 years.
“You see, I want to stress that no leader is perfect. When leaders make statements criticising another leader, you must also know that you are a leader, you must assess yourself first, you are a human being, along the line you can make mistake. So when you look at a leader, when you want to elect them, especially the office of the Prime Minister, which is a very powerful position, you have to look at the big picture and look at the pros and cons of the person, and then make a judgement on whether he will continue to serve the office of the Prime Minister,” he said.
“There has been a slogan for PNC, Peter O’Neill being corrupt, to this date, even my students at the University of Papua New Guinea, my Engan students who went out in full force to say that this government is corrupt, PNC is corrupt, have never come with evidence.
“I will give you an example. Sir Mekere is in, and some people in the country say he is the one who can save the country. But I tell you, why they dethroned him in 2002. I was part of his team, I was a member of PDM and then a member of the PNGP. There we had a good Prime Minister, but the University of Papua New Guinea students started a propaganda that Mekere’s Government was going to sell land to the World Bank. Obviously we know that in Papua New Guinea our land is our land. But this was a propaganda at election time in 2001. And there and then in 2002, we lost that government.
“I want to appeal to all young MPs who have just won, you have to know the man to make a judgment. I made the sacrifice and I have an impeccable track record serving my people. I will not throw this away, clearly for somebody just for Peter O’Neill being the Prime Minister. He has delivered to Enga, he has delivered to the rest of Papua New Guinea, he has delivered to the national capital. What else do you want? When you got the right government things are happening.
“He may have some issues, but that’s when we need to work with the Prime Minister to solve these issues. The issue of trying to make him and to suggest that he is corrupt, you got to back it up with evidence. I want to remind Sir Mekere that he has to remember how he was removed as Prime Minister. I am still there. I am one of his loyal MPs, I supported him because he was the Prime Minister. Today I am supporting O’Neill because he is a good Prime Minister. ”

NCD Polling Officials to be Paid First

PNG Electoral Commissioner Patalias Gamato said the reason for the delay with polling in NCD was due to outstanding payments owed to polling officials in the capital.

He said polling officials refused to start work and demanded payment of their allowances first before polling that caused disruption through the city this morning.

Electoral Commission intended to pay the polling officials today and differed the polling date to Friday 29th June 2017. Further confusion spread in the city after NCD police confiscated K184,300 in election polling allowances from NCD Election Manager, Mr Terence Hetinu after he was suspected by police for carrying cash without any security escort in Port Moresby this morning.

Apparently, polling in one part of the city went ahead on schedule before a decision was made later in the day for polling in NCD to be postponed to Friday. About a thousand ballot papers were confiscated and taken to Boroko Police Station under the watchful eyes of NCD Deputy Election Manager Ms Roselyn Tabogani and also assistant North East Electorate Returning Officer.

Mr Gamato appealed to people in NCD to remain calm and wait until Friday to cast their votes.

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Gamato: Ballot Papers and Confiscated Cash Legal

Electoral Commission Mr. Patilias Gamato confirmed during press conference this afternoon that all ballot papers and cash confiscated by police from Electoral Commission managers in Port Moresby were legal and part of the Commission’s internal operations.

Mr Gamato explained that K184,300 in cash confiscated and counted at Boroko Police Station were payments intended to pay polling officials working at various polling locations in NCD.

He also confirmed that over a thousand ballot papers used at a polling location in NCD was legal, however were confiscated and taken to Boroko Police station after the announcement of deferred elections for NCD was moved to Friday.

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