Manus

Enormous potential in PNG rubber industry: Board

Kenni says that the PNG rubber industry has enormous potential and needs to be revitalized and transformed to become a major cash crop.

Kenni said this in Port Moresby during a meeting with a delegation from Manus Province, comprising landowners, provincial administration officials and investors to discuss rubber development in Manus province, in particular, the Pohowa rubber project.

​Four still missing at sea

Among those unaccounted for is a woman.

Manus acting PPC, senior inspector David Yapu, has advised relevant authorities of the incident as well as boat operators travelling between Madang and Manus to keep an eye out for them.

He said 11 people were on board the boat that left Karkar at 9am last Thursday. The 23-footer boat with two 40 horse powered engines encountered strong wind and rough seas, which resulted in its overturn at around 2pm.

Relocation underway for Manus islanders due to climate change

Sea level rise is an effect of climate change which is causing coastal impact on the islands.

Mbuke Group of Islands is located in Ward One of Pobuma Local Level Government.

Head of the local NGO Marine Environment Awareness and Response Team, former WWF Marine Officer Selarn Kaluwin, said they’ve started to relocate due to sea level rise and population growth.

Grandfather arrested for assault of 9yo

The man who is also a village court magistrate from the Bupichupeu - Lelemadih Local Level Government was arrested in Manus on Wednesday.

Acting Provincial Police Commander Senior Inspector David Yapu said the victim is the accused’s own granddaughter who is nine years old.

It is alleged she was sexually touched by the 44-year-old man on April 9 while she was sleeping in one of the rooms in the family home.

Boat missing with four

Police in Manus say the boat left Manus for Wewak nine days ago but has not arrived at the destination.

Acting Provincial Police Commander Senior Inspector David Yapu is appealing to boat operators traveling between the waters of Manus, Wewak and Madang to keep an eye out on the boat and report to police of its whereabouts.

He said the buai trade has become a big concern as a number of boats have gone missing.

The national disaster and emergency services with NMSA have been alerted to assist with the whereabouts of the missing boat and four people.

Grade 8 students arrested on sex charges

The two juveniles were arrested and charged on Tuesday this week with sexual penetration, under section 229(a) of the Criminal Code act and Sexual offense and Crimes against Children’s act.

The victim is a 14-year-old Grade Seven student who also attends the same primary school as the alleged perpetrators.

Manus acting provincial police commander, Senior Inspector David Yapu, said the victim, who attends Liap Primary School, was returning home last Wednesday (March 29) when she was allegedly confronted and sexually assaulted by the students, who are also 14 years of age.

Boat carrying 6 goes missing

The boat, carrying four females and two males, was returning to Wewak on Saturday (March 4) after their betelnut sales run to Lorengau.

A Manus woman is amongst those missing while the rest are from Tarawai Island, Murik and Maprik in the East Sepik Province.

Acting provincial police commander, Senior Inspector David Yapu, told Loop PNG the missing boat was reported on Friday 10 March after it did not reach Wewak.

Sexual offenses within family unit increasing: PPC

Manus Acting Police Provincial Commander, Senior Inspector David Yapu, revealed this when raising his concerns over the increasing trend.

He is now appealing to the community leaders in the province to speak up about this immoral practise within the family unit following recent reported incidents of young girls being sexually assaulted by male members of their own families.

He is calling on families to work together with police to address these issues.

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Family mourns death of radio legend Roger Hau'ofa

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/family-mourns-death-radio-legend-roger-hauofa-53746

The family of radio legend the late Roger Hau'ofa is saddened and in mourning following his death on Saturday, March 4.

PM welcomes court decision on nomination fees

Manus Island medical clinic closed

On Friday, it was reported in Australian media that the clinic's operator, International Health and Medical Services, may have been operating without medical registration for at least 10 months.

A PNG government committee has accused the company of operating without proper registration, and is investigating possible breaches of tax, labour and immigration laws.