Author: Amos Karemo

A police investigation is now underway following initial identification of the young male whose decomposed body was discovered in late March along the Hiritano Highway, Central Province. It is alleged that the victim was killed by police and his body later dumped at the location where it was discovered. This comes not long after the incident at Gaire, along the opposite end of the province, where another young man was shot and killed by a police officer. Central Provincial Police Commander, Superintendent John Midi, strongly condemned the alleged involvement of police personnel in both instances. “We are very serious about…

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The University of Goroka’s Student Representative Council on Tuesday handed over a signed petition to the university’s Top Management Team on behalf of the 2020 graduating class for the academic senate to reconsider their decision to graduate students in absentia this year. This decision was made due to COVID19 cases having been recorded recently at the UOG’s Humilaveka campus upon consultation with directives from the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology. UOG SRC President Mr Jim Harold said students now want the TMT and the academic senate to review their initial decision and to defer the graduation to…

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Jubilee Catholic Secondary School in the Nation’s Capital is utilizing WhatsApp to keep students up to date with lessons which would otherwise be missed out on in light of the current nationwide isolation. School Principal Mrs Barbara Miles says as a lockdown of some sort was inevitable with the rising trend of COVID-19 infection in Port Moresby, she had instructed her teaching staff to have lessons planned out ahead of the isolation notice being issued. “The approach we’ve taken is that we’ve actually given work for the duration for the period of the national isolation.” “I prepared my teachers well…

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National Capital District has proposed measures for residents to strictly adhere to at a time Papua New Guinea is in the grip of a worsening COVID-19 crises with sharp increases in positive cases in the country. In his address to the residents of Port Moresby, NCD Governor Powes Parkop said all residents are to wear masks in public at all times, avoid large gatherings/meetings (minimum 20 persons and below) with social distancing, go for testing if you feel sick or stay home and self isolate. Governor Parkop called on residents to do all they can to ensure a lock down…

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PNG will not go into a complete lockdown despite the spike of COVID-19 cases in the country. That’s the confirmation from the Prime Minister James Marape following a massive increase in the number of cases from the weekend bringing the country’s total confirmed cases to over 2000, with Port Moresby recording the highest number of confirmed cases with a total of 1,030. PM Marape said the government opted for a nationwide controlled isolation strategy to prevent and control movement of people unnecessarily. “The isolation strategy should be worked on and released by Wednesday in consultation with the Office of the…

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Day 1 of this public holiday marks the first day of the national mourning period for late Grand Chief Rt Hon Sir Michael Somare. There is currently heavy police presence on the streets of Lae following looting attempts, rioting and stoning of vehicles by opportunists earlier today. Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Chris Kunyanban said from as early as 7 AM this morning, opportunists from 2 mile to 9 mile congregated and attempted to loot shops along the miles area. Police intervention led to a confrontation with the crowd that had gathered, resulting in police being stoned and shot at with homemade…

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Family, friends, acquaintances and fans alike gathered at the Sir John Guise Indoor Complex on Friday in a moving funeral service, dubbed “The Final Showcase”, to pay their last respects to PNG music icon, the Late Bradley ‘Twinkle Fingers’ Ralewa, better known as B-Rad. Mereani Mesani, Derol Wange Jnr and Johnny Yawari were among members of the PNG music industry who were in attended at the service and were given the opportunity to share their experiences in tribute to their late friend and colleague during the service. Along with friends and relatives, all present for the service were allow to…

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The Teaching Service Commission Disciplinary Committee (TSCDC) made a decision to reinstate (8) teachers of the Kui Wamp Nga High School in Western Highlands who were terminated by the Provincial Education Board for assisting students to cheat in the 2019 Grade 10 National Examinations. Teaching Services Commission Acting Commissioner Policy, Mr Joel Nava, made it clear that the TSCDC decision to reinstate the 8 teachers was handed down by an appeals committee appointed by the TSC which reviewed appeals put forth by the teachers who were terminated by the Western Highlands PEB. The appeals committee comprised of Grade 5 Principal…

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Two minors are currently on observation for head injuries while one passenger was pronounced dead on arrival at the Port Moresby General Hospital Accidents and Emergency Department following last Friday’s tragic motor vehicle accident along the Waigani Boulevard in the National Capital District. The Independence Boulevard, Waigani The casualties were among a total of 10 victims brought in to the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) for medical attention after Friday’s nasty accident involving a 10 seater and a 25 seater PMV bus. PMGH CEO Dr Paki Molumi confirmed these numbers, adding that the one adult who had suffered head injuries…

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While addressing the alarming increase of alcohol related cases presenting to the Port Moresby General Hospital Emergency department since New Year’s Day 2021, it is worrying to see a majority of cases being those in their teens, Surgical Coordinator at PMGH Dr Noah Tapaua said the youngest casualty being just 11 years old and a 17 year old, among the fatalities. “The youngest is about 11 years old and that is abuse related to alcohol,” stated Dr Tapaua. “It’s especially the young group that we are seeing. The oldest so far from New Year till now is about 46, but…

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