Author: Vonu LIBITINO

The National Capital District Governor announced this afternoon that there will not be any lockdown in Port Moresby. After consulting widely, all relevant stakeholders, Governor Parkop said that a total lockdown will not be an effective measure to take, as has been proven in the past. Instead, the NCD Governor said they will be focused on maintaining and upgrading the three-pronged approach to respond to the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, through a medical/clinical response, vaccination roll-out and the implementation of the ‘Nuipla Pasin’ Protocols. Governor Parkop is appealing to all people in the city to unite and collectively…

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A fight which lasted a few hours at Garden Hills in Port Moresby is now under control after the NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Gideon Ikumu, went into the area earlier today to talk to the relatives of two youths who were killed in a confrontation with the police, community leaders and the settlers. A big fight broke out at the Garden Hills informal buai market yesterday evening after a youth who resides in the Garden Hills Estate had his boom box stolen from him by criminals who reside within the Garden Hills Settlement. The youth who had his boombox stolen is…

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Two houses went up in flames at the Garden Hill area while two people were shot and three others hospitalized this morning following an attack on a lone police officer yesterday. Residents of Garden Hills have reached out for help on social media platforms in the early hours of the morning as they watched settlers looting homes and burning houses. The NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Gideon Ikumu who confirmed this report is currently on ground at Garden Hills to assess the situation and will provide a more detailed report on the incident later in the day. Image courtesy: Jonathan Lyandao

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The Church of Christ of the Philippines, PNG arm, donated a total of 350 bags of rice and 100 boxes of assorted dry goods to the National Capital District Commission, in Port Moresby. “The Church of Christ is the government’s partner in their efforts to support the less fortunate residents of Port Moresby, as the Church advocates fighting poverty,” stated Senior Pastor Regino G Manangan. “The Church of Christ usually carries out charity donation drives throughout the country and the city of Port Moresby, but has had to stop these community activities, in light of the new measures issued by…

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Tropical Cane Furniture is a family run business that aspires to bring cane furniture back into fashion again by using canes from the backyard, a whole lot of hard work, family cooperation and a little assistance from social media advertising. “The whole family is involved one way or another, in our caning business,” said Mr Peter Babul Jnr who is the Social Media Marketing Manager for Tropical Cane Furniture. Mr Babul Jnr said the use of Facebook and LinkedIn social media platforms have been a tremendous help in growing the family business. Working out of their family home in Munum…

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The Morobe Rural SME Foundation Inc and the PNG No.1 SME, has just recently concluded their SME Financial Training in rural Finschafen. “The trainings in Finschafen were conducted with financial literacy as well as cocoa quality integrated programs for agriculture, because many of the small-scale business people in Finschafen are rural farmers and most of them grow cocoa,” said Mr Ezra Kelly, the Director & President of Morobe Rural SME. Along with Dicky Lao, from PNG No.1 SME, Mr Kelly conducted three (3) SME trainings in 3 different locations in rural Finschafen. “We have done three (3) trainings in Kotec…

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A 16-year-old teenager from the Duke of York Islands, was shot in the head by his criminal counterpart, in an attempted robbery in West New Britain, on Saturday the 25th of September, around 10 am. Provincial Police Boss, Januarius Vosivai said the minor was part of a gang of criminals who attempted to hold up Auskoa Enterprise in Bialla, West New Britain. The number of gang members is not known however PPC Vosivai said during the course of the attempted holdup, the criminals were disturbed by members of the public and in their haste to get away, a member of…

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Mr Mataio Jainona from a mixed parentage of Milne Bay and Central Province and currently residing in Alotau Town, is a paint specialist by profession and he makes some very unique tables and stools, all from discarded tree stumps and branches. “This was something I pictured in my mind when I saw timbers left out by chainsaw operators or tree stumps washed up on the beachfront,” said Mr Jainona, explaining how he came up with the idea to start out making this uniquely shaped tables and stools. Mataio works alongside four (4) other young guys in his area, to manufacture…

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Mr Peter Elaveara, is an Art SME operator in Port Moresby, who has been greatly affected, by the current and ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Elaveara paints murals on the bear walls of the capital city, for a living and is part of NCDC’s ongoing campaign to beautify the city but the pandemic has affected their work and livelihoods. “Since business has slowed down, due to the measures put in place by the National Control Centre in March, my work, including those of other artists as well in the Art SME Sector, has been greatly affected,” said Mr Peter. “I suffered…

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Local tourists to Kokopo om East New Britain, may know of or have come across the friendly and outgoing Namatanai native from New Ireland Province, 40 year old Mr Dominic Tulo, a registered, professional tour guide operator. Mr Tulo is one of many tour guide operators throughout the country, that have been hit hard by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, that has devastated the tourism industry throughout the world and in Papua New Guinea as well. “Covid-19 put most tourism industry players out of business, particularly since international travel has ceased and we don’t get any international tourist anymore,” said Mr…

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