Hat business in the business to assist youths

Were you also wondering what #laesbeed17 stands for?

The secret was revealed yesterday when the “baratapng cap and hat range” announced Lae’s first ever spelling bee & debates competition.

What makes this event special? It’s an event organised by youths to provide a platform for other youths to voice their opinions on issues they face, from the youth perspective.

Show that you are true leaders, candidates told

Lae metropolitan commander, Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr, has urged them to be mature and to campaign without resorting to bribery.

“Voters and campaign managers are not to give sweet talks and encourage candidates to spend carelessly to entice voters,” said the police boss.

“Candidates and those that campaign must stand firm and campaign fairly as true and honest leaders.”

Wagambie stressed that police personnel will be out in numbers to ensure that the elections are conducted within stated boundaries.

Several Lae schools will close today

This is mainly for schools that have taken part in the funeral service of former chief secretary, the late Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc. 

Head teacher of St Paul's Lutheran Primary School, Mr. Genkawa, made the announcement during the Parents and Citizens (PNC) meeting on Sunday (yesterday).

"Schools who have participated in the funeral service of Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc will resume classes on Tuesday. Monday will be a holiday for those schools," he said.

Late Zurenuoc’s funeral service today

A large number of dignitaries will attend the service, including the Governor General Bob Dadae and Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

The dignitaries were scheduled to assemble at 10am for the funeral service at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, a stone's throw from the late statesman's residence at Eriku.

After the service, the body will be laid to rest at the State cemetery, which is opposite the Huon Gulf Hotel.

Tragic PMV accident claims 6

Eyewitnesses claimed the bus was travelling at high speed towards Nadzab when it came upon another vehicle in front. The driver tried to veer away from it when he lost control.

The 25-seater PMV bus, which operates between Lae and Nadzab in Morobe Province, ran off the road near the Flour Mill at Six-Mile and nosedived into the nearby drain.

The driver and five others died instantly from the impact while other passengers were rushed to the Angau Memorial General Hospital.

Police were at the scene to assist the casualties.

Jokema gearing up to ignite Lae city!

The award winning band is set to amplify the Lae International Hotel with their hit songs and new releases from their upcoming album. They are renowned for their live performances and will treat the crowd to a jam packed exciting concert.

SP Export Soundwaves will sponsor the national tour with dates to be soon announced at the launch of the album. 

As part of the fun and excitement at the concert, SP Export will run promotions and give away SP Export merchandise. 


Man killed during marriage dispute

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr said the incident occurred on Saturday night at West Taraka.

“There was a domestic dispute between a husband and wife. The husband badly assaulted the wife, resulting in the family members of the wife stepping in and attacking the husband, who is now the subject of murder,” Wagambie Jr said.

Wagambie Jr said the man, who was stabbed in the fight, was pronounced dead at the Angau Hospital.   

“The suspect is a prison escapee,” said Lae’s police boss.

PNGRFL AGM scheduled for tomorrow

Forty nine affiliated league presidents are expected to converge into Lae, Morobe Province this afternoon for the one day meeting starting at 9am on Saturday at the Lae International Hotel.

The two major highlights in the order of business will be the consideration of accounts and audits report and the election of Chairman and four Confederate Directors. 

Following the AGM and swearing-in of the chairman and four Confederate Directors will be a General Meeting.

Aust Consul gets down to business in Lae

This is in recognition of the expanding trade partnership between Papua New Guinea and Australia, and the growing profile of Lae, Morobe Province.

The Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis was onsite at the Lae International Hotel, as operations commenced at the temporary office.

Davis formally thanked Australia’s Honorary Consul, Alan McLay, and former Honorary Consul, Phil Franklin, for their service over many years to assist Australians on behalf of the Australian Government.

New Consul General for Lae

Paul Murphy, who was announced last month by Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, will officially take over from Alan McLay.

McLay, who is also the Lae Chamber of Commerce & Industry President, has held the post of Honorary Consul for the last three years.

Bishop thanked McLay for his excellent contribution in providing consular services for Australians.

A career diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Murphy was most recently Assistant Director, Free Trade Agreement Division.