Author: Tasminnie ISIMELI

High schools and secondary schools in New Ireland Province have revived their school farms in an effort to sustain the operations in the school. “For many of our schools, they have foregone school farms which played a very big part in the 80s and 90s,” said the New Ireland Education CEO Mr. Apelis Benson. “Schools have become too reliant on government funding turning the once flourishing farms into bushes.” He said in 2019, the Provincial Education Board made a resolution to reopen all school farms in high and secondary schools in the province. Mr Benson said that PEB came to…

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Prime Minister James Marape received his second dose of the AstraZeneca Vaccine “I was the first person to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine so I am now going to receive my second dose.” “The Governor General and the rest of my cohorts that received the 1st dose with me will be receiving their second dose of the Vaccine tomorrow and in the coming days.” “I’m not forcing them to take the vaccine, it’s their choice.” PM Marape said that it has been 443 days since the first COVID-19 case was recorded in the country and 358 days since the Niupla Pasin…

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Polling has just started for Team 25/Ward 7 for the Moresby North West By Election. This is for people living in the Murray Barracks and surrounding areas. Presiding officer, Nelson Moffe gave the opening remarks to the people that gathered to cast their votes and had them hold a minutes silence in Memory of the Late Sir Mekere Morauta before having the officials announce the serial numbers of the ballot papers as well as the outer seal serial numbers for the ballot boxes. Meanwhile, strict COVID-19 measures are being followed with voters encouraged to practice social distancing, hand sanitizing and…

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The Milne Bay Community in Port Moresby with its peace-loving citizens are demanding in unison the removal of Milne Bay governor John Luke Crittin. “In our province, our Governor has not been physically involved in the affairs of Milne Bay Province.” “We are calling for him (governor) to step down.” “We are concerned for the welfare of our people and we need an active governor to take on that role.” President of Milne Bay Friends Foundation, Mr Allan Baniyamai told a media gathering this week, that their call for Governor Crittin to step down has no political intent, but a…

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The New Ireland Provincial Education Office is concerned about the lack of attendance by some teachers in the province after resumption of the second term of classes. “All teachers paid by the state must attend to their teaching duties from from Monday to Friday 7:45am to 4:06pm. Absenteeism of teachers is a serious breach to the PNGTA Code of Conduct.” said the New Ireland Acting CEO for Education, Mr Apelis Benson. He said it is now the 4th week of term 2 and there had been complaints that’s some teachers haven’t resumed yet. In total, 54 teachers are yet to…

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Milne Bay Police have tasked its Provincial Government to take appropriate measures to eliminate and neutralize areas that pose threats to the business community and administration, amid escalating criminal activities in the province in recent times. An immediate plan by the provincial government going forward will be to remove illegal settlements that spouted and expanded over the years in and around the main business centre in town, starting today. “We have advised the Provincial Government to take appropriate measures to eliminate areas that pose a threat to the town and the administration.” “The Provincial government has come up with a…

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4 passengers have died while 12 others have been hospitalized at the Madang Provincial Hospital after sustaining injuries when the PMV truck they were on tipped over at the Murukanam Bridge in Madang Province over the weekend. “Around 4:20pm, there was a call from travelling passengers along Murukanam bridge stating that there was a PMV Dyna accident up there with a lot of casualties.” That is from the Madang Provincial Hospital Emergency Physician, Dr. Juith Gawi “We sent our team to go up and do the assessment there.” “All the patients were brought to Mugim and the main Hospital.” Dr…

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“Any school aged child must go to school and in order for them to go for classes, there must be school establishments in various LLGs and districts.” “My plan in Usino Bundi, we have a plan to set up high schools in all LLGs and Usino Bundi is taking the lead.” This is from the Education Minister and Member for Usino Bundi open, Jimmy Uguro said over the weekend in Usino Bundi District. He was accompanied by the Education Secretary, Dr Uke Kombra. Bundi Primary School will be upgraded to a high school and will take its first lot of…

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Schools in the Milne Bay province have decided to use shift class teaching to maintain COVID-19 protocols with the resumption of term 2 this week. “We have notified students and parents of the schedule for the shift classes.” “The first lot of students come in the morning and have their classes from 8am to 11:30am then they go home and the next lot of students come for classes at 11:30am to 2:30pm and we switch every two weeks” “Entry to the school will be from the front gate and students will leave the school from the back gate.” That’s from…

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The Alotau Soccer Association will go ahead with Season Proper matches starting on Saturday, April 24, 2021. “We have gotten the go ahead for our soccer matches from the Provincial Controller, so we are looking forward to starting this weekend.” “We have about 10 teams each for each of the 3 divisions, Premier Reserves, Mens Division and Womens Division.” That’s from the Alotau Soccer Association President, Mr Livinai Lepani. The deadline for registrations has been extended to tomorrow. Tuesday, April 20, 2021 for interested clubs to register. Meanwhile, friendly matches are being held between on the weekends at Alice Wedega…

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