Author: Sharon TANDA

For years on end, most people in Milne Bay Province and the country knew it as the Milamala Festival, a festival that celebrated the significance of their most loved staple starch; the Yam. However, this year the name has been changed to Kiriwina Cultural Show in the hope to become a more inclusive Cultural Festival celebrating not only the mainland of the Kiriwina-Goodenough District but also the outer islands surrounding the mainland. Festival Coordinator Modakula Kunuyobu said this was to promote unity in celebration of their culture , including everyone that made up the District. “We want all neighboring tribes…

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With an aim of changing the name tag ‘Wildwest’ into ‘Laigaip Paradise’, the Laigaip Sangai Cultural Festival is all set to happen on the 28th-29th July, 2021 at the Wanepap Primary school grounds in the Laiagam District, Enga Province. According to Festival Chairman Mr. Tony Sulupen prepartions for this 2 day cultural event is well underway in the district. “Locals have already cleaned up the 4km stretch of road from Kanak to Koki in the Pilikambi LLG, building of guest houses have already started, beautification of the main road and posters and billboards have already gone up,” said Mr. Sulupen.…

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Health workers should be taking the lead in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine which should pave the way for the rest of the population to follow suit. This remark was made by Port Moresby General Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Paki Molumi following the hesitancy displayed by the staff of the hospital during the vaccine roll out. “POMGEN’s total staff is 1600 but 500 of the staff have received the vaccination which is very disappointing,” said Dr. Molumi. “This hesitancy stems from Health Workers who believe misleading information regarding the Vaccine on Social Media.” He said once all health workers get…

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People are advise to prepare and expect a third wave of the Corona Virus following the decrease in the daily COVID-19 cases at the Port Moresby General Hospital. POMGEN Chief Executive Officer Dr. Paki Molumi stated from an initial 7-10 Covid-19 patients per day at the hospital during the months of February and March, this month the hospital is seeing on average only 2 -3 Covid-19 patients daily. Despite this being good news, the general public is urged to not take this as the end of the Pandemic in the country. “This situation is similar to what the country experienced…

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“Beekeeping and honey production has the potential to be a major lucrative export for Papua New Guinea and the local and national government should look into fully maximizing this”. Owner of Goroka based PNG Beekeeping Supplies Mr. Tella Loie made this comment following the successful completion of four Beekeeping Training’s he conducted in the Unggai Bena District in Eastern Highlands Province last week. He provided basic training on how to take care of bees, the pollination process and how to extract honey and sell to earn an income through the partnership with the Unggai Bena District Development Authority. “Beekeeping is…

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The National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) is currently conducting a Bio- Sand Filter training for rural development leaders and Lead Farmers from all over PNG on how to build climate change resilient communities especially in creating safe drinking water in communities. The European Union Funded training is taking place in Bubia, Morobe Province and will end on the 21st of May. According to NARI Training Facilitator Mr. Mauro Okrupa the Bio Sand Fliter Construction and Installation Training will provide the participants theory and the practical training on how to purify water and filter out pathogens and bacteria making water 95-99%…

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Government assistance with Covid-19 testing kits, vaccines and other health equipment in the Kaupena Sub-District in the Southern Highlands Province is of utter importance following the identification of two Covid-19 cases in the recent weeks. According to the PNG Bible church Health Secretary and Officer in charge at the Bible Church run Kaupena Health Center Mr. Mek Pure, one of the two identified cases has already succumbed to death in the past 2 week. “He was a high school teacher at the Kaupena High school when he died after been tested positive to Covid-19,” said Mr. Pure. “it is highly…

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“There are 46 Family Sexual Violence Unit attached with all the Police Stations throughout the country and victims of violence must seek help as soon as they can before it’s too late.” That is from Ms Ruth Kissam the Ms Ruth Kissam at humanitarian NGO, PNG Tribal Foundation. Ms Kissam made this statement following the recent killing of late Imelda Tupi Epawe whose body was found in an abandoned vehicle at Kaupena and later brought to Mt Hagen General Hospital Morgue. It is a very sad scenario when the suspects involved in her death is someone she knew and trusted,…

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There is a moral decay within the people and there is no regard for the country’s Rule of Law by people. Director of Development Tribal PNG and Human Rights Activist Ms. Ruth Kissam made this comment in regards to the recent increase in killings and lawlessness in PNG. “There is generally no regard for the Human Life with people taking matters into their own hands giving rise to unnecessary killings and lawlessness because perpetrators are not convicted and are walking away with crimes,” Ms. Kissam said. “People are out here seeking justice for themselves because they feel like they will…

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With Mothers Day just around the corner, there are so many different ways one can plan to celebrate and appreciate their Mothers on this day. Likewise, a local business man has decided to offer his service for free to all mothers in the Nations Capital for two hours as part of his contribution in celebrating Mothers Day. 45 years old Wek Kewa from the Mul-Baiyer District in Western Highlands Province is the owner of the Kanny Trans Services based here in POM City and since 2016, he has been providing 2 hours of free taxi service to mothers throughout the…

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