Village launches development association

The Gasagasa Development Association (GDA) was launched with a dedication service event on Monday, February 27.

GDA was just formed with a mission to empower rural village people with life skills and knowledge while bringing basic services to the community.

Most of its goals are adapted from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Villager Josupo Hollowe highlighted that they formed the association to work together with government agencies, donors and non-government organisation.

Tkatchenko calls on FIFA to intervene

Justin Tkatchenko said PNGFA president David Chung and John Kapi Natto both have a heart for soccer but unfortunately, they cannot work together and are making the sport fail, affecting players and clubs.

Tkatchenko said the best solution is for FIFA to intervene and say enough is enough.

“FIFA must be concerned with what’s happening in PNG as we are now having two different, separate identities running football,” said the Minister.

“How can sponsors come on board and how can the sport keep moving forward when you got two different groups running the same thing.

Young girls participate in football campaign


A number of Papua New Guinea talented young girls from the age of six- to 24 showed up to participate in the program that aimed at promoting and empowering as many young girls as possible and to encourage more women and girls to participate in football.

Children, especially girls from primary schools in Goroka came to participate in the program where they took part in two hours of football skills lessons taught by coaches and the PNG U20 women.

Women in Business Expo brings huge interest

Since the opening of the Women In Business Expo Trade Centre last Thursday, young women and mothers have flown in from all over the country to come in and showcase their handmade products.

These include soaps, shampoos, hand crafted jewelry, meri blouses, bags and caps made from bilums and materials, artifacts to flower arrangements, traditionally cooked delicacies and many more.

PNG Loop caught up with Agnes Kaupa from Eastern Highlands who specialises in flower arrangements for events and occasions.

Taekwondo seminar to promote sport in Highlands

The seminar will be conducted by Stones Taekwondo for taekwondo fighters and interested participants in the region.

This seminar will involve training on the latest sparring techniques and the scoring system used in the Pacific Games and the recent Rio Olympic Games.

Stones Taekwondo owner and promoter master Jamuga Stone said the interest is building as participants look forward to the training.

Stone encourages all Highlands clubs and their provincial Teams to do early registration and medical checks by September 17.

Government receives investigation report into UOG student unrest

Chairman of the Investigation Team, Lawrence Titimur, said the unrest came about as a result of students who were fed up with others who intimidated and prolonged the student protest over certain government decisions at that time.

He said one of the recommendations was for the UOG Administration to employ a professional security manager to train, equip and look after the needs of the security personnel of the UOG.

50 students injured in UOG students’ clash

However, according to the executive office of the university Pascalis Channel Mape, all have been stabilised but three of them are still under close monitoring from the doctors.

He said shops, offices and schools around the Goroka town area has also been closed due to the students’ riot.

It was reported that there was disagreement between the Chimbu-Goroka and Western Highlands-Enga students on weather In-service students should resume lectures or join the rest and boycott classes in support of UPNG students.

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UPNG students at Waigani campus threaten mass withdrawal


Boycotting students at the University of Papua New Guinea have threatened a mass withdrawal if the Prime Minister’s office and the Police Commissioner do not respond positively to their petition.

Police ready to deter UPNG students protest march

Goroka residents complain of unclean drinking water

Goroka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President Sarah Shelley told Loop PNG: “Over the last week I have received numerous complaints from business houses and citizens of Goroka Town concerned about the Goroka water supply situation.

“Business such as hotels and restaurants operating inn Goroka which use the town water supply are largely affected with being supplied with muddy/ dirty water, a major health concern and extremely unacceptable.

EHP farmers to benefit from K22m market

Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso mentioned this in a recent conference that K22 million has been allocated and that the fund was ready to start the market project.

Further arrangements have been made to tender the market project with the National Supply and Tenders Board so work on the province’s market can start immediately.

She adds it is of great urgency that the Eastern Highlands Provincial Government build this market as Eastern Highlanders make their living on agricultural produce and farming.