Goroka

Goroka in a frenzy

The retired Brisbane Broncos veteran arrived in the country on Tuesday for the inaugural Super 8’s competition, which will see youths from Eastern Highlands’ rural districts get the opportunity to showcase their footy skills.

He is attending the Eastern Highlands Super 8 Rugby League Tournament, which was launched on Wednesday, by the Australian and Queensland forward, alongside Sports Vice-Minister Wesley Raminai.

The tournament is an initiative of Kainantu MP and Minister for Mining, Johnson Tuke.

Thaiday in PNG to support Super 8's

The Queensland Origin Player arrived today and will travel to Goroka tomorrow.

The Eastern Highlands Super 8 Rugby League Tournament is an initiative of Kainantu MP and Minister for Mining, Johnson Tuke.

Thaiday will officiate at the launching of the Super 8’s competition.

The Brisbane Broncos veteran said: “I just want to hopefully give them a few words of advice about education, about being healthy, about being good people within the community, but also enjoying sport, I think that’s a huge factor,” said Thaiday.

“I think it’s a fantastic program.”

Israeli firm keen to deliver multi-million Kina project

A team from IAI was recently in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, on Tuesday 23 October to meet with officials from the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) to discuss the imminent project.

The company, backed by Israel’s LR Group, was led by Chief Executive Officer Lior Crystal and a high powered team of scientists, extensionists, agronomists and an economist.

They were welcomed by CIC CEO Charles Dambui and met with the senior management team.

Air Niugini denies headline story

The airline can confirm that the policeman at the centre of the controversy boarded the aircraft without any firearm.

Air Niugini’s general manager corporate services, Marco McConnell, said all due processes were followed in Goroka to ensure the policeman boarded the aircraft unarmed and that the safety of passengers, crew and the aircraft was not compromised in any way.

Land needed for Goroka court facilities

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia said they have had several discussions with the provincial administration but when those discussions will materialise is unclear.

The National and District Court service facility for Eastern Highlands Province is currently compact in a small piece of land in Goroka Town.

The National Court facility was recently upgraded and opened.

The District Court facility, on the other hand, needs to be completely broken down and reconstructed.

Sir Salamao said the building is from the colonial era and is a safety hazard.

Ghastly road conditions, PMV operators lose revenue

They are calling on the provincial and National Government to address this.

PMV owner Kops, from Goroka, said the bad road condition is affecting their business and revenue generation.

Operators have to fork out more than what they used to for fuel, repair and maintenance.

Round three in POM, Highlands and Kokopo

The NCDC Port Moresby Vipers and Snax Lae Tigers clash at 12:30pm will get things underway, being the curtain raiser to the SP Hunters and Souths Logan Magpies match.

Following the Intrust Super Cup fixture, the Kroton Hela Wigmen have a meet with the Chimbu Warriors at 5pm.

It will be the usual 2pm kick-off up in the Highlands with the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis and PRK Mendi Muruks to meet at the National Sports Institute, and the EPG Enga Mioks and Giru Waghi Tumbe encounter at Aipus Oval.

K2m road project for EHP

Governor Numu recently conducted a ground breaking ceremony of a K2 million road project at Yauna village.

It runs from Basis village in Goroka district through Yauna, Omena, Orumbafoe villages in the Unggai LLG and ends at the border of Foe village in Chuave, Simbu Province.

The 18km road project will be constructed by Nokondi Investment Ltd and Prodigy Construction Ltd.

This road project will serve the 7,000-plus population after being neglected for almost 40 years.

This road project initiative has brought the light of development to their very doorstep.

APEC delegates land at EHP

Welcomed by Governor Peter Numu and his administration, the delegates were treated to a variety of unique and colorful traditional singsing.

Whilst at the new terminal, the delegates were also given a chance to taste the famous Goroka coffee.

The trip was to enable delegates to gain a better understanding of Papua New Guinea and its people and culture.

The delegates will also visit coffee farmers and other SMEs.

More to come…

Over K500,000 stolen in BSP robbery

Eastern Highlands provincial police commander, Alex N’Drasel, said around 4 to 5 armed men entered the bank’s Priority Banking area and robbed a BSP client.

They took off with K567,000 cash.

PPC N’Drasel said between 10am and 11am, the robbers drove into the Priority Banking area and parked there.

Soon after, the accountant of Shanda Trading, including an Asian man and their driver, drove into the parking lot.

When the female accountant stepped out of the vehicle to enter the bank, the men got out with high powered guns and held them up.