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Registrar breaks silence, calls on students to resume classes


The registrar of the University of Papua New Guinea has finally broken her silence by calling for students to return to class.

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Lahanis prepared to hunt Vipers

However the return of the prodigal son who once led the Lahanis on the forefront of the hunting spree in the Digicel Cup as a captain and role model for Lahanis is now back to its home turf to hunt but leading a different troop to his once home for many seasons.

Nami in his post-match interview said it has been challenging for him since he was appointed as the Vipers’ head coach and going against his former team wasn’t something made easy.

Similarly, Nami will be up against his home team Lahanis and the show against the host (Lahanis) and visitors (Vipers) is set for a brutal match.

Nami said lack of discipline has cost the team a lot and have so far lost two consecutive home games, something he is really working hard to ensure a win should bring confidence in his outfit.

However the game against the Lahanis in Goroka set to be another uphill battle for the city boys as they prepare to leave.

Game observers plainly critics the halves combination that needs a lot of talking and direction in the field of play however for Vipers, it has not been happening and is breaking down its attacking plans their heartless defensive efforts has also cost the team dearly.

This must be changed quickly with Vipers facing steep opponents who are desperate for a win and make their presence felt.

In the other interesting game on card is the battle between current defending champion Agmark Rabaul Gurias and Petroleum Resource Kutubu (PRK) Mendi Muruks in Kokopo.

Former Muruks play maker Stanley Olo has switched alignment now playing for Gurias and it will be interesting to see this electrifying hooker playing a major role to help Gurias beat Muruks at home.

However that will not be easy with Muruks coming off from a draw and a loss at home at the Sir Joe Keviame oval in Mendi two weekends ago and it will be a mammoth task for head coach Jack Kereme and his assistant Andrew Andiki to bring the team home.

Muruk’s brother team PRK Gulf Isapeas is on a bye this weekend and moves up the ladder on five points and will be leading the point’s ladder for the first time in three years depending on the weekend’s results between Snax Lae Tigers and Mt Hagen Wamp Nga Eagles at the Rabiamul oval in Western Highlands Province.

Sir Joe Keviame Oval Mendi will once again come alive with Enga Provincial Government Mioks taking on Kemele Construction Hela Wigmen while Simbu Lions face off with Waghi Tumbe in Minj on Sunday.


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Digicel Cup teams have chance to promote franchise

The NRL PNG and Digicel will give chances to the each of the other nine Digicel Cup participating teams apart from the Gulf Isapea’s and the Port Moresby Vipers to play at the newly furnished stadium, the National Football Stadium.

The teams will be given the chance to travel, play in other provinces and get the feel of the environment and also promote their teams through the media coverage of each visiting team in the city.

Digicel Cup launched in style

The event was attended by sponsors and the country’s rugby league community, including the PNG Rugby Football League, PNGNRL and Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko.

In receiving the Cup back from Agmark Gurias captain Nelson Daplen, PNGRNL chairman Sudhir Guru acknowledged Digicel PNG’s continuous support to the country’s premium rugby league competition.

Digicel Play CEO Nico Meyer said Digicel PNG was happy to continue its partnership with the PNGNRL for the sixth consecutive year.

Guria captain returns Digicel Cup

Daplen said last years grand final win was against the TNA Simbu Lions.

The grand final last year was played at Sir John Guise stadium which Gurias won 26-18.

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TV Wan to telecast NRL live to rural PNG

People living in the rural areas will have access to watch the NRL Premiership League 2016 season live on television thanks to Digicel PNG.


Kiap praises good policing at airport

The Betelnut Ban controller Honk Kiap has come out praising the work of police at the airport for cracking down on betelnut and mustard smuggling coming into NCD .

National Stadium opens next month

Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko says the facility is in its last stages of completion and will be fully functional by February to host its first rugby league match where the Prime Minister will do the official kick off.  

The K170 million infrastructure is constructed by Leighton PNG with seating for up to 15,000 spectators.

The seating area for the north, south and eastern stands are completed, seating a total of 10,000 people.

The main grand stand has 3184 seats and is half completed with the roofing already installed and a few more seats to be fitted in.

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Climate change actions: we can do at least this much


Everyone knows that some small island states, such as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean or Tuvalu in the Pacific, face serious risks to their survival if we do not take effective action to address climate change and curb rising sea levels.

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Lae league to vie for 2nd Digicel Cup team

The revival of Lae’s former glory club name ‘Bombers’ has been in the air over the last couple of months. Morobe’s Lae Bombers was out of the rugby league scene in the last five years due to the current Lae franchise – Lae Snax Tigers.

Bombers had been the pioneer provincial club in the inter-city completion until it was replaced in 2011 by the Tigers under the Lae Biscuit Company sponsorship.

Led by Timothy Lepa, CEO of Ipatas Cup, the Lae rugby fraternity is considering the possibility of fielding Lae’s second team in the 2016 Digicel Cup under the Bombers banner.  

Sabeto Roosters ready for Rabaul Gurias

Sabeto Roosters will not take the home side lightly when they clash in the Melanesian Club championship.

Sabeto coach Voate Naravu said they’re here to win and are confident despite not knowing much about the Gurias.

The Fiji side will be banking on top players like Tevita Niusama and veterans Semisi Qoro, Viliame Rakuli and Roger Qoro.

“It’s good to bring the team out to get international exposure and allow the players to gain more experience.