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Skills Training And Development Needed For PLWD


The fraternity of people living with disabilites in Lae is calling for continued and meaningful skills training development.

Benedict Hipom, President of the Morobe Disable Agency, a registered entity within the Morobe province told the post courier that it was sad to see the government support towards the people with special needs is slowly coming to a stop.

“We want to be partners in the development of this country,” Mr Hipom said.

He said government support was still lacking even though the agency and its members were an established group of people.

“We are grateful for the charity that we have received but this has to stop because we as individuals need to be empowered,” an agency member said.

Mr Hipom said the agency has been receiving mindset training from the Lae based Fijianabure consultancy and training but said there are still more people in Lae city and the Morobe province as a whole who would be in dire need of skills training and development.

“We want to be trained people so that we are able to sustain ourselves because we do not want to be a burden to society,” Mr Hipom said.

President Hipom challenged the Lae community to work the people with special needs to help them achieve more for themselves in life.

A representative from the Women of Desitiny, a new and small all-women community based organization Shirley Napolioni told the post courier that it was important to give skills training to the people with special needs.

“We as members of a community should be able to help them (PLWDs) bridge the gap on immediate needs that can impart positive change in their lives so that,” Mrs Napolioni said.

She added that there was also a widening gap between the government, business houses, the community and most importantly, the people.


PM Welcomes AFL’s Growing Popularity

Source: Loop PNG

The Prime Minister says the growing popularity of AFL in Papua New Guinea is positive and provides another outlet for the nation’s youth to be healthier and participate in team sports.



He issued the statement following the PNG Mosquitoes’ victory in Melbourne this weekend, making them back-to-back champions.



“I welcome the growing popularity of Aussie Rules in Papua New Guinea,” says PM Peter O’Neill.



“It is a unique game in the world of sports and is another way that Papua New Guineans and Australians can form stronger bonds.



“There is plenty of room for the different codes of football to expand in Papua New Guinea.



“Our people will always have a great passion for rugby league, but we are a sports-loving nation and we will watch sports of all codes.”



The PM pointed out how popular soccer has become with the FIFA Women’s Under 20 World Cup, including rugby union’s growing supporter base.



“The Government will continue to encourage and develop grassroots sports around the country, as well as supporting the development of high performance athletes,” states O’Neill.



“We have some great athletes in our country who compete on the world stage.



“I congratulate all players, coaches, and staff for their hard work to win the AFL International Cup and bring the trophy back to Papua New Guinea.



“Perhaps some of our young PNG Mozzies were spotted by talent scouts and they might have the opportunity to wear the jumper of an AFL team one day.”


Education opens doors

21st August 2017
Source: The National
EDUCATION is the master key to open all doors, West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel says.
Muthuvel thanked the New Britain Palm Oil Ltd for creating opportunities for children living in the vicinity of the Malilimi Primary School to have a good future through education.
“Education is the master key to unlock all doors,” he said.

Muthuvel plans to upgrade human resources in the province.

He is committed to supporting education through the Tertiary Education Student Assistance Scheme, EQUITV, capacity-building of elementary teachers through the Early Childhood Programme, the building of new classrooms and the revamping of IT laboratories.

He said it was important to have a right attitude all the time.
“About 85 per cent of the time, interviewees select employees based on their attitude and not qualifications,” he said
“It is vital to redirect our children in the right part to ensure they are nurtured with a high calibre and positive attitude.
With knowledge and understanding, every child will be able to achieve their dreams.”
School board chairman Khairul Zainal thanked Muthuvel for keeping his word.

This came to light during the presentation of K200,000 as school grant under the trust account.
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DWU cultural day, extravaganza for Madang

BY ELLIOT DAWEA (DWU journalism Student)

The Divine Word University (DWU) annual Cultural Day at the Madang campus once again attracted a large crowd last Saturday at the DWU Madang campus.

Students from 22 provinces in Papua New Guinea performed on the day. Many students had their parents, guardians and extended relatives on campus to assist them with the preparations and performances as well.

The cultural day performance was preceded by a parade of costumes and dances by representatives of each group at the SVD Memorial Auditorium on Friday.

The neighbouring Solomon Islands also perform in this year’s cultural show. The audience dancing to the tune of international flavour, traditional attire, singing and dancing coming

Living up to the university’s slogan “Valuing our Culture and Heritage through Collaboration”, students from various provinces in PNG put on a lively display of their cultural heritage through their bilas (traditional regalia), dancing and singing at the Madang campus.

Many visitors, both local and international, were present for taking photographs or filming the dances and body decorations while some posed with the participants for that memorable photo opportunity.

The Cultural Day is a calendar event of DWU where the university encourages its students to value their indigenous cultural heritage. The event provides an avenue for students to come together to share the different cultures through songs, dances and enacted ceremonies.

The cultural celebration took place a day after DWU marks its 19th Foundation Day which commemorates the Papua New Guinea government’s declaration of the former Divine Word Institute (DWI) as a University on 21st August, 1996.

The 2017 event was organised and run by students with the support of the university administration.

Member of Parliament for Madang Open Bryan Krema was present at the show.

Photo credit: KEVIN PAMBA –

Dynamite Decapitates Fisherman

Imelda Wavik


​A man is dead, after his head was blown off in a freak dynamite accident last Saturday in Porebada, Central province.

According to Central police commander, Laimo Asi, the deceased was on a fishing trip with his friends when they set off illegal faulty dynamite, that didn’t explode on time.

The deceased decided to dive into the sea to check after a few minutes just as the dynamite went off; police reported that the body of the deceased drifted up minutes later, missing his head.

PPC Asi said this that while this is a sad situation it could have been avoided if the men had not resorted to illegal fishing.

Asi is saddened at the incident which caused the death of the man but urged the people to be mindful, and use the right and safe methods for fishing.

Minor title in sight



THE PNG Hunters play perhaps their most important game of the regular season on Sunday against ninth-placed Wynnum Manly Seagulls at the National Football Stadium.
The prize: the 2017 Intrust Super Cup minor premiership.

If Michael Marum’s men win they secure the top spot heading into the finals and their first minor title since joining the competition in 2014.

Marum has advised his troops to remain calm and focused on the task at hand.
“This is an important game for us. We know that we have to win this,” Marum said.
The other draw will be the rugby league fan’s first chance to see Kumuls captain David Mead live in action against the Hunters for the first time.

Marum said he was aware the Seagulls, while out of finals contention were bringing up a strong outfit and if his side were not switched on they could be embarrassed in front of their home fans – something his charges want to avoid at all costs.
The sides are meeting for the first time this season but importantly the visitors have yet to beat the Hunters on home soil.

The Hunters have lost twice (Norths in round 4 and Tweed Heads in round 15) and drawn one (Mackay in round 20) at home already but with so much at stake Marum said the occasion would spur his men on.

“It is also going to be our last home game of the regular round and we know that there will be a lot of people coming to support us,” Marum said.
The Hunters proved in their 24-16 win over the Blackhawks last round that they have the championship-winning defence, they just have to maintain that good form at home.

Through their video sessions this week, Marum and his men had seen the style of football Wynnum play and with a host of quality players any effort less than 100 per cent will not be enough.

“We haven’t played them this year and we can’t write them off because there are on the ninth spot. We will have to be at our best again,” Marum said.
The 43-year old has instructed his men to back up their solid defence displayed last week if they are to finish victorious.

“We want to repeat the same defensive effort from last week.”
Aside from Mead, experienced former North Queensland Cowboys five-eighth Travis Burns, hard-running winger Peter Gubb, captain Mitch frei and Salesi Funaki in the back-row and five-eighth Shaun Nona will provide the Hunters with a stern test.

“They’re coming up with some experienced players including David (Mead) so we have to handle that challenge and get the win.”

The day’s other fixtures will see the Motu Koita Rugby League Origin sides, Central Origin and NCD Origin face off at 12.50pm followed by the Digicel Cup round 14 match between the Port Moresby Vipers and Waghi Tumbe which is after the Hunters-Seagulls 3pm game.

Hunters: 1.Stargroth Amean, 2. Bland Abavu, 3. Israel Eliab, 4. Willie Minoga, 5. Butler Morris, 6. Ase Boas (C), 7. Watson Boas, 8. Wellington Albert (VC), 9. Wartovo Puara Jr, 14 Enoch Maki, 11. David Loko, 12. Nixon Put, 13. Stanton Albert; Reserves: 20. Wawa Paul, 15. Rhadley Brawa, 16. Moses Meninga, 17. Karo Kauna Jr, 18. Esau Siune, 19. Brandy Peter, 20. Adex Wera

Rd 24 fixtures: Sat, Aug 19 – Jets v Cutters; Sun, Aug 20 – TH Seagulls v Pride, Magpies v Capras, Hunters v WM Seagulls. Bye: Blackhawks, Falcons, Dolphins, Bears, Tigers, Devils.

Flames face Fiji in playoff


By Ben Vile of AFLPNG Media

THE Papua New Guinea women’s AFL team the Flames head into their International Cup fifth-place playoff match today against Fiji Vonu,  they can get a positive result after Tuesday’s 150-0 win over Pakistan.

The Vonu have been one of the highlights of the IC17, taking it up to top-ranked teams Canada and Great Britain in close losses, and recording huge wins against the European Crusaders and Pakistan.

Likewise, the Flames competed hard in tough matches going down to Ireland and USA, then showing their flair and skill in big victories over the Crusaders and Pakistan.
Fiji play their football hard and fast.  With a number of players with rugby backgrounds, the Vonu have the ability to floor opposition teams with pure force and speed.

Overall, a heavier and taller side, Fiji will look to expose this advantage against their PNG opponents, combined with explosive play.

Flames coach Jonathan Ila is expecting a tight match against Fiji.
“Their strengths are that they’re are a physical side and stick to their structures well,” Ila said.

“However, I think we have more speed than them across the ground, especially in the centre where we have quality ball runners.
“It will be a hot contest in the first quarter but once the game settles we need to use our run and carry to advantage and the game will open up.”
The Flames will look to use the same midfield tactics that saw them dominate against Pakistan.

“Our ruckman Elma Emil has the ability to tap or punch the ball to the advantage of our midfielders. Our midfielders must set up correctly and be on the move when they receive the ball.”

Ila reshuffled his side in the Pakistan clash in what proved to be a coaching master stroke.
Identifying his side’s failure to capitalise on Emil’s ruck dominance in previous matches, he injected Brigid Gaur, Alice Alois and Phyllia Pisep into the midfield, while moving Taiva Lavai and Vanessa Pisep forward.

Both competitive beasts, Gaur and Alois continually got first hands on the ball and racked up centre clearances with quick kicks or running the ball out of the middle.
“Brigid’s injection into the centre brought havoc to the opposition, she just has a massive heart and always gives her all,” Ila said.

Meanwhile, the class and finishing skills of Lavai and Vanessa Pisep were resulting in goals or marks to Flames forwards deep in their forward line.
The Flames will miss their captain Prudence Sindriwen, Manicha Mettakaisava and Virginia Kiwathrough injury, while pocket rocket rover Vaine Lai will struggle to prove her fitness with an ankle injury.

The Flames girls will be looking to ignite the fire and finish their IC17 campaign with a bang today at 10:45am on McAlister Oval, Royal Park, Melbourne.

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