Author: Emmanuel MAIPE

Development and service will not reach the people despite funding support unless there is peace and harmony in the community to pave way for resources to be used to improve the lives of the people. This was the direct message given by the Governor for Hela Province Philip Undialu to his people, when urging them to use the money given to them from the PNG LNG project wisely for their own benefit. Undialu, who was at the ceremony held in Benaria in the Komo Magarima district yesterday for the royalty and dividend payment to segments 2 and 3 landowners of…

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AFL PNG is going rural in Central Province to seek talent and spread the footy code through the Australian Football League (AFL) rural competition planned for various villages, starting off with the Keapara village competition. AFL PNG Senior Football Operations Manager, Mr. Rex Leka said the launching of the rural competition is also part of the initiative to teach the youngsters through the AFL Junior Development program. The program will run alongside the competitions so to get the kids and youths interested in the sport. “We aim to spread AFL to the rural areas so we can identify the raw…

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Kina Securities Ltd (KSL), through Kina Bank, will be challenging the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) decision in its Draft Determination on its proposed decline of authorization for Kina Bank to acquire Westpac PNG’s shares. Kina Bank’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Greg Pawson, said the draft determination, which was issued by the ICCC late last week, is the first stage in a three-stage process and is largely based on feedback and objections from several organizations invited by the ICCC to respond. “Stage two of the process is a consultation session scheduled for the 11th of August. Stage three is a…

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The Gerehu Magpies and the Waigani Tigers are the two teams left out of the start of the Port Moresby Australian Football League (AFL) season proper over weekend, and they may have to merge if they are to participate in this year’s competition. According to Mr. John Lavu, the Patron and Founder of the Gerehu Magpies, most of their boys have gone to play rugby union, but the remaining ones could be put together and merge with the boys from the Tigers, to form one team. Mr. Lavu said the Port Moresby AFL Association suggested this so that they can…

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Papua New Guinean’s champion female weightlifter, Dika Toua, has just completed competing in her 5th Olympic Games. She finished 4th in group B of the 49kg category, snatching 72kg and Clean and Jerked 95kg, lifting a total of 167kgs. She is Team PNG’s first athlete to compete in the Women’s 49kg event today. The weightlifter’s participation also made history in the sport of Weightlifting as she now becomes the first female Weightlifter to compete in five Olympic Games. Meanwhile according to Team PNG, seven PNG athletes are yet to compete in their respective competitions in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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Season proper for the Port Moresby Australian Football League (AFL) competition will kick off this Saturday 24th July, but it will not have all the teams participating. President of the Port Moresby AFL Association, Mr. Douglas Lai, confirmed that two teams will not be playing this weekend. The teams are, the North Waigani Tigers and the Gerehu Magpies. This is because they are yet to confirm the number of players in their teams respectively, before confirming their participation in the 2021 season competition. A schedule for this weekend’s games has been put together and all the matches will take place at…

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Two teams from the Central Province have been given the opportunity to participate in the Port Moresby Australian Football League (AFL) competition to get the feel of the competition and show that they have what it takes to have a spot in the city competition. According to the AFL PNG Senior Football Operations Manager Mr. Rex Leka, one team is from Hula village and the other from Keapara village. They will be given that opportunity when the pre-season matches kick off on Saturday 17th July at the Colts Oval in Port Moresby. “We sent out an invitation to the two…

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The Pasca Gas project is a step closer to its actual commencement in a few years’ time after the government and developer, Twinza Oil (PNG) Limited, came to terms in an agreement on the benefits packages for country and the developer. Petroleum Minister, Kerenga Kua, announced this afternoon that the state through the State Negotiation Team (SNT) secured a 55% total benefits package in the proposed Pasca Gas Project in the Gulf province following a successful final meeting last week between the SNT and Twinza Oil. Twinza Oil will have a 45% package in this project. The minister, while outlining…

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The newly establish subsidiary company of Kumul Minerals Holdings Limited, Kumul Minerals Ok Tedi Limited (KMOTL), will now be holding the state’s share in Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) after the Governor General approved the share to be transferred. Chairman of KMOTL, Mr. Bonny Ninai, said Papua New Guinea holds 67% of shares in OTML and the signing of the transfer documents at Government House, is a result of the government’s broader restructure of the state’s mining and resource holdings that requires all mining assets to be held under KCHL. “As a result of this transfer, Kumul Minerals Ok Tedi…

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The signing of a supplemental agreement today at the Government House in Port Moresby for the Sustainable Highlands Highway Investment program, will see an additional K34million added to the original contract for the repair, rehabilitation, upgrade, and maintenance of the Highlands highway. According to the Department of Works Secretary, Mr. David Wereh, the funding will be for a specific purpose on the road works taking place. “What you witnessed today was a scope increase for some maintenance and emergency works on the first section from Nadzab junction in Lae all the way to Henganofi in Eastern Highlands under the MCC…

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