Lae

DPM on three-day Lae visit

The DPM and Governor were joined by the Members for Lae Open, John Rosso, and Finschhafen Open, Rainbow Paita, as they spent the day visiting a number of significant private sector investments.

Opening the latest K20 million upgrade to the Coca-Cola plant, the Deputy Prime Minister said: “It is encouraging to see our policy changes, including tariff adjustments, have given the private sector confidence to be making substantial investments like this.”

Laying complaints against police officers

Police in Lae made this known after they realised that though numerous allegations were made against members of the force, formal complaints were not filed.

“A post on social media is good but you must follow it up with factual evidence by way of registering your complaint in person, being interviewed by Internal Investigation Unit members and providing a signed statement,” said Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr.

“Only through this can your complaint be acted on.”

Assault by Chinese couple grabs Authority’s attention

35-year-old Shu Ding Wu and her husband, 36-year-old Ming Zheng, were both found guilty yesterday by the Lae District court, following an assault on Christmas Eve on a Lae-based journalist.

While many families were preparing for Christmas day with last minute shopping, three young children, including an 18-month-old, witnessed the insult and assault of their mother caught by a Chinese couple in Lae, simply for telling them to put out their cigarette in their retail shop, which was in the vicinity of the Kamkumung Mobil Service Station.

Hostage saved in foiled robbery

Lae police boss, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, reported that between four to five men held up a driver and took his vehicle.

“The owner of the vehicle was threatened and forcefully escorted to a secluded area at the back of Peter Block Kamkumung,” stated the chief superintendent.

“The criminals were planning to hold the vehicle owner as hostage while they use his vehicle to commit robbery at a nearby shop.”

Lae police prepare for festive period

Anthony Wagambie Jnr says they have already started the pre-festive season operations.

The Lae police boss has given residents the assurance that his team will be out in full force during the Christmas and New Year period.  

“They should expect to see police all over the place, we’ll have them positioned in all parts of the city,” he said.

“And I encourage the public to make use of our toll free number – 7090 3300 – to call police if they see anything happening, or anything about to happen, or if they feel unsafe.

Police credit residents for low crime rate

Metropolitan superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr had nothing but praise for the community in PNG’s second largest city.

The response time for police in Lae is between five to ten minutes.

Metropolitan superintendent Wagambie Jnr says they have adjusted their policing to meet the community’s needs, and this has worked wonders for him and his team.

“We have implemented our strategies in terms of initiatives like the toll free number, sector patrol and also supporting our existing police units,” he said.

Works Minister clarifies Lae road lights issue

Works Minister Michael Nali gave an update on the roadworks, when asked by Lae MP John Rosso.

“The issue of Nine-Mile to Nadzab, many leaders of Morobe ask that question, the department has engaged a contractor and works have started from Nine-Mile to Yalo bridge and Nadzab,” he said.

“Most of Lae city roads have been upgraded but the section from University to Bumayong road, contractor has worked on it and with the issue of lights, the contractor has spoken to PPL regarding the issue.

Specially designed jerseys for country week match

PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said the new look jerseys signify that the country week game themed: ‘Get in the Game’, is QRL approved.

“The country week uniforms feature the Morobe colours and has the APEC logo on the chest, which honours the PNGRFL partnership with APEC,” Rau stated.

He further said the jerseys have the traditional warrior and hunter on them.

“The jerseys and shorts will only be worn at this weekend’s country week game in Lae, and auctioned after the match.”

Hunters to leave for Lae this afternoon

For the first time in four years, a Hunters match is being played outside of Port Moresby.

The SP PNG Hunters will be in Lae for only a few days, but their schedule is fully booked.

The Lae and Bumayong secondary schools, including Markham primary, are in for a treat, as the Hunters, including the Enga Mioks and Lae Snax Tigers, will be visiting them on Friday morning.

The teams and their staff will also call into the Angau General Hospital.

After that a coaching clinic for local club and teachers will be hosted at the Lae Rugby League ground.

Lae City Council members arrested

Investigators have found credible evidence to charge certain employees of the Lae City Council. 

Of the four, three are cashiers and one is an accountant. 

The charges laid are:

1.   A male cashier has been charged one count each on misappropriation, abuse of office and false pretence for the amount of K11,897.44.

2.  A male cashier has been charged one count of misappropriation and stealing for an amount of K20,029.62.