Manus

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.

Refugee resettlement deal between Australia, US 'not a people swap', Peter Dutton says

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last year announced two deals between the US and Australia, with the latter resettling refugees from Costa Rica while the US took in refugees from Manus Island and Nauru.

Knight attacks Pato’s response in parliament

Minister Rimbink Pato, in responding to a series of questions without notice from Rabaul MP Dr. Allan Marat, said “the management of the refugee resettlement facility is not in a mess”.

He added that it is “professionally managed by competent people from within our Immigration and Citizenship Services Authority with the support of the Australian Government, United Nations agencies, including the International Office of Migration, which is looking at repatriation and resettlement of a number of asylum refugees”.

Police warn foreigners following rape of girl in Manus

Acting provincial police commander senior inspector David Yapu issued the warning following the arrest of a Sri Lanka Asylum seeker over the weekend over rape allegations.

PPC Yapu said his officers will not hesitate to deal those foreigners who come into conflict with the laws of the country.

He also expressed sentiments to the family of the Grade 9 victim for their courage in reporting the matter to police.

The Grade 9 student was allegedly raped last Tuesday at the Harbourside Hotel in Lorengau.

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Dump truck crushes utility killing two

Two lives are lost after a heavy dump truck overturned, crushing a utility vehicle the victims were travelling in.

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Four inmates escape from Manus jail

Acting provincial police commander Senior Inspector David Yapu said three of them are remandees awaiting their cases in court, while one was convicted for escaping.

PPC Yapu has appealed to those escapees to surrender to police and CS or Police will go out and hunt them.

He said one of the men; Lester Sevua surrendered to police last week Friday (Jan 6.)

He was arrested and charged with sexual penetration and was remanded, awaiting court when he escaped. He is expected to be slapped with another charge for escaping.

Three of the inmates are still at large.

Bipi island water plant produces 4,000L per day

This Pacific Environment Community Fund project is the first of its kind in the country that aims to ensure islanders have access to a sustainable and reliable water supply system.

Six solar powered desalination plants have been successfully installed and commissioned on Bipi which produces a total water capacity of 720L per hour.

“That’s equivalent of 4,320 litres per day of fresh desalinated drinking water,” says Project manager Tom Anayabere.

Knight: Alleged rapists must be brought back

The local MP expressed anger at the way the victim in the alleged incident was treated, calling on authorities to have the three Australians brought back into the country.

The three Australians worked at the Regional Processing Center in Lombrum as security guards when they allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted a local woman who was an employee of Transfield on the night of July 15 last year.

UNHCR concerned about Australia's ban

UNHCR's regional representative Thomas Albrecht said Australia should offer protection and respect to people arriving by boat.

He said the basic human right of every person to seek asylum from persecution is not diminished by their mode of arrival.

Mr Albrecht said those forced to flee persecution need and deserve conducive conditions of protection, and a sustainable long-term solution.

Meanwhile, the Australia-based Human Rights Law Centre says Canberra's proposed ban could affect 320 refugees already living there.

Japanese desalination project engineers arrive in Manus

This technology will see solar-powered seawater desalination plant systems installed on identified islands which will convert salt water to fresh drinking water and is funded by the Pacific Environment Community. 

The Sojitz engineers from Japan’s Toray Industry, the manufacturers of the desalination plant arrived in Lorengau on Sunday, Oct 23.  

This team replaced the first team that has been in Manus since May when the project was launched on Bipi Island.