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Proposal eyed for Motu Koitabu seat

August 18, 2017  
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Prime Minister Peter O’Neill (pictured) says he will ensure that the Motu Koitabu people in the National Capital District have
a voice at national level.

 
O’Neill was responding to a query during a breakfast with the business community in Port Moresby yesterday whether there was a legislation that the government could use to ensure a seat for the

 
Motu Koitabuans in the 2022 election.
“I made a firm commitment during the elections that we will certainly introduce legislation to capture one seat for Motu Koitabu alone in the city,” he said.

 
“I will be putting that proposal together and, of course, I’m certain that is the commitment PNC (People’s National Congress) has made, you can be rest assured of PNC’s support.

 
“But again it will require legislative numbers which will require support from our friends on
the other side, but we will talk to them.
“I have made a firm
commitment and I will follow it through.”

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We’ll Pick The Best: Marum

August 17, 2017

The National Sports

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By ISAAC LIRI
PAPUA New Guinea Kumuls coach Michael Marum says he will consider all top level rugby league players in the Australian National Rugby League, the English Super League and the Q-Cup for spots in his World Cup squad.

 
With Port Moresby to host three World Cup matches for the first time against Wales (Oct 28), Ireland (Nov 5) and USA (Nov 12), several high profile players have already declared their availability for PNG.

 
Marum said he had no problem having NRL experienced players such as Cronulla Sharks hooker Segeyaro and Souths Sydney Rabbitohs back Alex Johnston in the Kumuls after the pair came out in the Australian media this month offering to play for PNG.
North Queensland Cowboys hooker/half Ray Thompson, who is set to retire at the end of the year has also put his hand up for a World Cup spot.

 
“Segeyaro and Johnston are both NRL experienced players. There are both playing in a level higher than the Hunters players and we all know that getting to that level is not easy,” Marum said.

 
“If there are both available for selection, their inclusion would boost our performance at the World Cup.
“Playing at home doesn’t mean that we will have it easy against Wales, Ireland and the USA because they will bring quality sides with some NRL talent.

 
“So whoever is fit and available and is playing well at the top level competitions, we will consider them, because we want the best for the country,” Marum said.
Nene Macdonald (St George Illawarra Dragons) and Kato Ottio (Canberra Raiders) are expected to be considered if fit and healthy.

 
Rod Griffin and Rhyse Martin (Canterbury Bulldogs) who played for PNG in the Pacific test against the Cook Islands earlier this year are also in the running.
Marum said the selectors would also consider players Europe with England-based Mark Mexico, Garry Lo, Jason Tali, Paul Aiton and Jessie Joe Nandye to come under consideration.

 
Other players in the Q-Cup outside of the Hunters are the Pandia brothers Richard and Sebastian (Ipswich Jets) who have already represented PNG, incumbent Kumuls prop Luke Page (Burleigh Bears), Tommy Butterfield (Easts Tigers).

 
The latest player to be eligible to play for PNG is Cowboys squad member and Townsville Blackhawks five-eighth Kyle Laybutt.

 
Kumul selectors have already begun their task monitoring players to finalise a train-on squad that will be used for selection.
“With 73 days to go before the World Cup we are on track with our preparations making sure all the small things are sorted out for the World Cup, the PM’s 13 and the Tri-Series in Fiji,” Marum added

 
Meanwhile Marum said the PM’s 13 team for this year in Sept 23 might draw in players from the Digicel Cup to take up spots due to the Hunters focus on the Q-Cup finals.

 

Abel Eyes New School At Alotau

The people of Alotau in Milne Bay will soon have a new school at Cape Vogel,

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Treasury Charles Abel said there was so much to be done and so much had already been achieved including the opening of the James Charmers Memorial High School in Suau.

 

He added that they have secured the funding and have begun the process of building the school.

 

Abel said beside Cape Vogel High School, there were plans for another two- at Maramatana and Daga.

“The challenges are when we take on too many things we may not complete the project properly,” said Abel.

 

“There’s no doubt that the James Chalmers Memorial High School needs a science laboratory and a library.”

 

“We have built a road for Suau, a Digicel tower, an ambulance and we have funded the elementary and primary school there too.” he said.

 

The development now enables the people of Suau to drive to Faiv Bay for the first time, and also having access to communication and other transport services.

 

via : The National – 14th August 2017.

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]

Gazetted Position Allow Teachers To Find Top Jobs

14th August 2017

Source:The National

Teaches in Morobe will now have the chance to apply for more than 4000 positions gazetted by the Teaching Service Commission for the 2018 school year.

 

The position are for primary, secondary and technical vocational education and training school (TVET) teachers currently teaching in the province.

 

Provincial Appointment Officer Paul Tayang on Saturday said teachers now have the opportunity to be promoted as the positions have been gazetted.

 

He said in 2014, the only positions available for them to apply for were senior position but this year all positions had been gazetted and it was an opportunity for teachers to apply for positions that they were eligible for.  Morobe has 3,471 primary school positions, 519 secondary school positions and 167 TVET teaching positions gazetted for the next year.

 

Meanwhile, Tayang said application for schools closed on July 7, however, schools on remote locations still have till Friday.

 

Corporation keen to train cadets

Corporation keen to train cadets

The Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) is looking forward to train more students in tertiary institutions under its industrial and cadetship programmes.

 
CIC’s human resources officer Leks Paul said they have an ongoing programme to train graduates and current students in tertiary institutions studying agricultural-related courses through internships and cadetships.

 
“We have two programmes for developing graduates, the industrial or internship, and cadetship programmes,” Paul said.
“In cadetship programmes, we do hire graduates for two to three years employment.”
He said after the training, the graduates were brought into the corporation based on their performance.

 
Under industrial training, students were given hands-on experience out in the field during their breaks.

 
Paul said the industry assisted students do their research, reports and final-year projects as aprerequisite for their university studies.

 
“The industry is interested in encouraging graduate programmes to develop and train the next generation of human resources.”

 
Paul said the corporation took in graduates under the programme based on institutions producing agricultural graduates for their development. He said they
also took in students studying finance, management and administration courses under the programmes for non-agricultural institutions.

 
Paul was at the University of Technology career fair last Friday in Lae promoting the corporation’s programme in human resource development.
He said the programme was ongoing and as long as institutions produced graduates
that they would always take students in for training and development.

Training boost for apprentices

August 11, 2017    

PUMA Energy PNG Limited yesterday (10/08/17) saw 43 process operators at its Napanapa Refinery in Port Moresby signing tripartite apprenticeship indenture contracts with the National Apprenticeship and Trade Testing Board (NATTB).
In congratulating the apprentices, Puma Energy country general manager Jim Collins said the event was a special occasion as having 43 apprentices indicated the company’s commitment to developing its people and ensuring a quality and qualified workforce in PNG.
Collins thanked NATTB for working with them on the processes involved in the training scheme.
He added that though still in its infancy, the scheme would never have come to fruition had it not been for NATTB’s guidance.
Collins encouraged the apprentices to persevere through challenges and to be committed to their training and studies as it would be tough for them since the apprenticeship was aimedat only producing the best of the best. And he hoped that all apprentices would make it through to the end.
NATTB representative Arthur Geno thanked the Puma Energy management and requested that both parties continue their dialogue for more skills training.
He also encouraged apprentices to make good use of the opportunity for their betterment as it was an investment from all three parties involved. Among the apprentices was Marie Malaga, the only female participant.
Malaga was grateful to Puma Energy for giving her the opportunity to receive the training and said that this was a huge achievement for her.
Also echoing Malaga’s sentiments was apprentice Jack Simon who said the event was also a highlight in his career. Simon added that he would do his best in the training as it was an opportunity not to be missed.
The contract signing between Puma Energy, NATTB and the apprentices is a four-year contract which actually started in 2015.
The contract ensures that the apprentices will receive global standard training and attain a globally recognised certificate at the end of the programme in 2018.

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