Author: Rolland BANABA

National Airports Corporation (NAC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director Mr. Rex Kiponge, was re-arrested yesterday and brought in to the Boroko Police Station in Port Moresby for questioning. Police questioned Mr. Kiponge a little over 4 hours without laying any formal charges. He was later locked up in the holding cell with a charge for abuse of office and released last night on a K2,000 court bail. NAC staff in a show of unity and solidarity protested over the arrest of their Managing Director in front of the Police station while Mr. Kiponge was being questioned. They came…

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Teachers and students of Kwikila Secondary School in the Central Province witnessed a new era after 63 years in the life of the school – the launching of a new Information Communication and Technology Learning Centre facilitated by NICTA. Kwikila Secondary has over a thousand students, and is the first school in the Central Province that is now well equipped with ICT services after the launch last week. The secondary school was graced with the presence of the Information Communications & Technology Minister Timothy Masiu who was on ground for the grand launch of the ICT lab in front of…

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The official opening of the New Kavieng Airport Terminal has been confirmed and fixed for 03rd November, 2022 after having to go through two postponements at the request of the Prime Minister. The controversial opening ceremony, first scheduled for 20th October was deferred tentatively to 27th October while awaiting a confirmed schedule from the Prime Minister has angered the New Ireland Provincial Government. New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan made a decision after the numerous deferrals not to attend the opening and had pulled out from organizing the event towards the opening. Prime Minister James Marape will be Guest of…

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It was a day of mixed feelings within the perimeters of the church-run St. Charles Lwanga Secondary School in Port Moresby as the school farewelled its 6th batch of Grade 12 students at a graduation ceremony witnessed by parents and guardians. Keynote speaker and Deputy Opposition leader Douglas Tomuriesa reminded the graduands that it was the start of a long journey for them and not the end of their career as students. He challenged them to remain committed in what they were good at doing and to turn their weaknesses into strengths. “Be wise as you enter the world. One…

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“Work begins now.” Those were the stern words from the newly appointed Works and Highways Minister Solan Mirisim at the handover- takeover ceremony in Port Moresby last night. Minister Mirisim wasted no time in thanking Prime Minister James Marape for his trust and confidence in appointing him as minister to head the Department taking over the leadership from the outgoing and former Minister Michael Nali. He told the gathering it was encouraging that he was appointed by the CEO of the country to lead the department and he would give his utmost best to provide the leadership needed in the…

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Hekari United FC’s attempt to represent the country at the OFC Champions League challenge in New Zealand fell short on the weekend after a classy Lae City FC sent the red outfits home with a narrow 2-1 victory. The David-Muta-coached Hekari side looked lethal and more organized in the first part of the match dominating possession and rewarding themselves to an early lead with a goal right on the half time whistle off the boots of Obert Simon. The visitors from Lae held on in the early part of the second half at PNG Football Stadium denying any more attempts…

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Lae City FC proved to be the best football team in PNG knocking out an in-form Hekari FC outfit yesterday in the OFC champions national play-offs at the PNG Football Stadium two goals to one. A well organized Hekari side scored in the first half of the play through the boots of striker Orbert Simon to lead at the break 1-0. The visitors from Lae came into the game again in the latter half when Mathew David scored a double to send Hekari home. Lae City will now represent PNG at the OFC Champions League later in the year.

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Medal tally (Progressive Update inserted below) as of Tuesday June 21st with Team PNG finishing off strongly in the lead.  Another day of competitions today on the track for our Athletics athletes whilst Tennis and Golf continue their competitions. Weightlifting has finished their competitions for the games, and Vaá will be taking the day off to recover before their marathon event on Thursday. Source: Team PNG FB Page

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With the end of round 8, there have been a few surprises that have taken the competition by storm. Sitting at the top of the ladder remains the Rabaul Agmark Gurias with 8 points after a surprising upset loss to second placed Kroton Hela Wigmen, going down to the mountain men, 18-6. The Central Dabaris fought hard to keep the Port Moresby Vipers at bay winning the game by a 4 point margin. The final score was 14-10. The Kimbe boys did well to put up a good competition to down the Gulf Isou by a final scoreline of 10-4.…

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The all out tribal war that has been gripping fear into the hearts of all citizens in Porgera, Enga Province, has suddenly come to a halt. Provincial Police Commander, Superintendent George Kakas advised that even though fighting has subsided, there is still an intense feeling of fear lingering in the air. “Due to the sensitivity of the matter, civilians are afraid to move around,” Supt. Kakas said. He further added that the Police Station Commander at Porgera has taken control of the situation and is working towards bringing both tribal leaders to a round table discussion and hopefully come to…

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