Category Archives: Community

Cost of rice will not increase: Trukai

Source: Loop PNG

 

PNG’s leading rice supplier, Trukai Industries, says it will not increase the cost of rice in the country.

 

Trukai Industries CEO, Greg Worthington-Eyre, said while Trukai understands and is deeply concerned over the current economic conditions in PNG, and the pending inflationary impact of fuel price increases, currency devaluation and reduced consumer spending power, it has no plans at this point of passing on the impact of these issues to PNG consumers.

 

Worthington-Eyre says Trukai’s focus on food security, which includes affordability and quality, is at the forefront and they will be making every effort to support the people of PNG.

 

Trukai is the oldest and largest rice distribution and manufacturer in PNG, having been established in February 17th, 1970.

 

Apart from rice, they also supply stockfeed.

Author: Charmaine Poriambep

4 students get master’s scholarships

24/12/2017

Four individuals have received master’s scholarships at the University of Papua New Guinea.

 

 

The scholarship basically emphasises on conservation and management of biodiversity.

 

 

It was given to them during a recent graduation and launching of the Centre for Biodiversity & Natural Products Division research and academic program.

 

 

The four were among 24 graduates who received certificates after completing a course called Module 1.

 

 

The main objective of the program was to address the issue of biological diversity in PNG.

 

 

The biodiversity centre comprises of academic programs and research.

 

 

According to Professor Simon Saulei, the master’s holders will do research in different aspects of biological diversity.

 

 

“The certificate comprises three modules but much of the emphasis is on how you organise yourself in community level,” says the professor.

 

 

Prof Saulei said this certificate program is part of the university’s initiative to reach out to the community.

 

 

Meanwhile, the second program they are developing will highlight the challenge some people face in terms of expensive university fees, or have dropped out of school, thus missing out on processes to get into university.

 

 

Meanwhile, the professor said the problem is people who talk about conserving resources are not putting money where the mouth is.

Author: Tracey Parr

Source: Loop PNG.

Water project to benefit villagers

The Papa Lealea village situated a few kilometers from the PNG LNG site after two decades will finally receive a long awaited basic service of water supply.

 

The water supply, an Initiative of the provincial government will be implemented later today.

 

This follows the ground breaking ceremony in March this year.

 

Present at the launching ceremony will be dignitaries, including Member for Kairuku Hiri, Peter Iso Aimo, and representatives from the Governor’s office and Water PNG, including CEO and Managing Director, Raka Taviri.

 

Taviri said water supply is a most important basic need.

 

He also highlighted some of statistics including the effect of climate change and its impact.

 

For the launch, initially the water supply will be free for 17 days after which charges will apply.

 

An agreement is also anticipated to be signed between the government and Water PNG.

 

Council members from both Papa and Lelea acknowledged the initiative and said it was a burden loosened up for the villagers.

Author: Imelda Wavik

Source: Loop PNG.

Boat operators warned

22/12/2017

Transport Secretary Roy Mumu is appealing to boat operators in maritime provinces to heed strong wind warnings that are being issued by the weather office during this festive period.

 

 

He said operators of banana boats should take precaution and refrain from traveling in the open seas during times of strong winds.

 

 

“My transport message is clear, let’s enjoy the festive season,” Mumu said.

 

 

Despite similar appeals being issued year in, year out, reports of missing boats continue in the maritime provinces.

 

The role of search and rescue under the transport sector falls under the National Maritime Safety Authority.

 

CEO of the National Maritime Safety Authority, Paul Unas, said one of its function is to coordinate maritime search and rescue.

 

“We are putting a lot of resources into improving that particular section.

 

“Recently the board has given its approval for NMSA to acquire and procure a search and rescue management capabilities for us to be able to improve our capabilities within that particular unit to respond to search and rescue coordination,” Unas said.

 

Transport Minister Wesley Nukundj said for the people living along the coast, going out to sea is an everyday event for them and the department needs to provide transport that is easily accessible to them.

 

“For me, banana boat is not the way to go. You have one skipper and you see 20 people on the boat and it’s not safe.

 

“Under my leadership, we want to try and phase that out, get a form of transport that is user-friendly.

 

“Banana boat is not safe,” the minister reiterated.

 

Author: Sally Pokiton

Source: Loop PNG.

Juffa Condemns Killing Of Young Woman

Oro Governor Gary Juffa Has Condemned The Killing Of An Innocent Young Woman From Enga Accused Of Sorcery-Related Crimes.

 

 


Oro Governor Gary Juffa has condemned the killing of an innocent young woman from Enga accused of sorcery-related crimes.

 

“Many who were there or who had relatives there including a few womenfolk, have totally endorsed this horrible crime and some have even gone as far as posting the photos declaring the crime as if justice had been carried out,” he said.

 

“Our collective silence, especially that of leaders such as myself and others including churches and NGOs only endorses these vile crimes,” said Juffa.

 

He added that as leaders of ENGA Province the onus of them to speak out against this is vital. I urge my fellow Governor Peter IPATAS especially to stand up against this and see that actions are taken to bring the criminals responsible to face justice.

K1m boat for B’ville islanders

22/12/ 2017
 Source: Loop PNG

Christmas has come early for the coastal people of Torokina and South Bougainville as they received a boat worth K1 million.

 

 

The boat will make access easier for transporting goods and produce like cocoa and copra between Torokina, South Bougainville and Buka town.

 

The people of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB), even after 20 years after one of the bloodiest civil wars known in the history of Papua New Guinea, are still picking up rather slowly on the normalcy known throughout the country – like the tradition of celebrating Christmas.

 

Around 20,000 lives were lost, millions of kina worth of properties destroyed and hundreds of millions of kina in revenue lost as a result of the forced closure of the Bougainville Copper Ltd mine.

 

The presentation of the boat is worth celebrating as this is a major burden lifted off for these people who use the Buka passage on a daily basis.

 

 

The other side of the Island, where the main local industry and business operations are often carried out, is only accessible by boat or ferry. This often requires at least a 10-minute cross over from Mainland Buka, from Kokapau.

 

In attendance for the presentation was AROB president John Momis, including other members of the Bougainville Provincial Government.

 

 

During a short speech, president Momis described Bougainvilleans as “proud people who can make a contribution to liberate them from any form of bondage”.

 

The vessel was purchased by South Bougainville Member Timothy Masiu using his electorate’s district services improvement program (DSIP) funds.

 

The boat was bought from businessman Sam Tasion and christened MV Sandyrose Toroka.

Author: Imelda Wavik

Governor General Thanks Media

 

04:00 PM


BY ROBINSON LEKA

Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae recently delivered his seasonal greetings to members of the media, the government and the people of Papua New Guinea.

 

Sir Bob who will be celebrating his first Christmas as the Vice-Regal thanked the media for playing their part in covering important issues in the country throughout this year.

 

Sir Bob acknowledged the partnership between the media and the Government House this year and was hopeful that this partnership would flourish next year.

 

“You have delivered to the nation, through what happens here at the Government House throughout the year.

 

“I want to thank all of you, the role you have and the work that you play,” said Sir Bob.

 

Central Command Launch Christmas And New Year Police Operations

 


BY LYNETTE KIL 

 

NCD – Central Command has launched its Christmas and New Year operation yesterday at the Jack Pidik Oval at five mile with the intention to ensure a safe and peaceful Christmas and new year celebration.

 

Assistant commissioner of police Chief Superintendent David Yamasombi remind the police officers to stand on the oath  they made in providing protection and safety for the public.

Source: Post-Courier

O’Neill positive for this season

Source: Loop PNG

The Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, wishes all Papua New Guineans a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year.

 

“And hopefully everyone has a very safe new year and I want to stress do it in a very orderly manner.

 

“We want to see you next year; we hear a lot of accidents happen during Christmas and New Year.

 

He gave an overview of the country thus far stating some of the challenges his government has faced against these backdrops.

 

“ In 2014, 15 we had a long eight months of drought, we’ve created a lot of stress in our business community and of course our own people.

 

“ In 2015 and 2016 we had a collapse in the commodity prices, things like the oil prices collapse from 110 dollars per barrel again causing a lot of stress and challenges.

 

“ This year we also had prolonged elections which again caused a lot of challenges.

 

“ I know we are coming off these challenges and I am looking forward to 2018 because I think we have turned the corner.

 

“And I have a strong feeling that when global economic prices are improving PNG will do better.

 

“That is why I’m hoping families can truly celebrate Christmas in the spirit of hope and prosperity.

 

Author: Meredith Kuusa

New LLG to be announced

20/12/2017

A new LLG will officially be announced today around 3pm at the Konebada resort in Boera, Central province.

 

This new LLG will ensure that the Hiri LLG is halved, that is Hiri LLG and the new Vanapa_Brown LLG.

 

This move is in support of leaders of Kairuku Hiri efforts to separate Kairuku and Hiri  with reasons including;

 

*Overly populated

*Geographical status of Hiri and Kairuku

*Funding lacking

*lack of development

 

The move to have a new LLG will ensure that the move to separate Kairuku and Hiri will be fast tracked.

 

This was also supported by Hiri LLG president, Haoda Rogea, who noted that to have a district, the concerned area must have at least more than three LLG’s.

Author: Imelda Wavik

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