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PNG’s Kadovar community told return to volcanic island not viable

The small island just north of PNG's mainland began erupting last month, prompting the evacuation of over 600 residents to the East Sepik capital Wewak.

According to the Rabaul Volcano Observatory, Kadovar's eruption continues at a low-level with mild steaming at the summit, and gentle emission of lava.

But Governor Allan Bird said he has had to tell the resettled Kadovar community that a return was not viable.

He said they had accepted the sad news.

2017 budget survey report launched

The report was launched today in Port Moresby.

It includes both the PNG and global report, together with the Open Budget Index, by the International Budget Partnership (IBP) with the PNG Institute of National Affair (INA).

The survey also looks at the level of engagement with the public and respective people's oversight bodies, including the National Parliament, and watchdogs, notably the Auditor General, during the entire Budget process.

'Years' before PNG volcano evacuees can return

691 islanders were evacuated over the weekend after a volcanic eruption began on Friday and progressively intensified.

The Rabaul Volcanological Observatory's Steve Saunders said the surprise eruption on Kadovar had covered the island in ash but no lava had yet reached the surface.

Mr Saunders said it would either peter out or develop into a full blown eruption where magma and explosive gases escaped.

He said with the islanders successfully evacuated, the main concern now was whether a tsunami would be triggered and aviation disrupted.

Warning for scuba divers in PNG

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby confirmed this, stating that the hyperbaric decompression chamber located in Port Moresby is currently closed and disabled, with no timeline for when it will be reactivated.

In its simplest form, the hyperbaric chamber is a cylindrical metal or acrylic tube large enough to hold one or more persons and equipped with an access hatch that retains its seal under high pressure. Air, another breathing mixture, or oxygen is pumped in by a compressor or allowed to enter from pressurised tanks.

Samoa, PNG shine on final day of weightlifting

Stowers, who is 17 years old, set a new Commonwealth record in the women’s +90kg, lifting 108kg in the snatch, 131kg in the clean and jerk, and 239kg overall.

An emotional Stowers wiped away tears of joy as she climbed atop the podium to receive her three gold medals.

Luisa Peter of the Cook Islands claimed silver in the snatch and overall, while Nauru’s Charisma Amoe picked up silver in the clean and jerk.

In the men’s 94kg, Kari secured all three gold medals on offer, lifting 155kg in the snatch and 195kg in the clean and jerk.

Games standard very high says PNG Chef de Mission

“The Mini Games standard set here is very very high.”

Waiwai was the chairperson of the Games Organising Committee of the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby, PNG and Chef de Mission for Team PNG at last year’s Rio Olympic Games.

“You can just feel the hype when you get into the airport.

“Athletes going to enjoy their stay here and the people are very helpful and very friendly,” said Waiwai.

Team PNG was also given a rousing welcome at the airport by fellow countrymen and women leaving and working in Vanuatu.

Pacific Tests confirmed for Origin period

Six nations will compete during a three-match festival at Campbelltown Stadium on June 23. Tonga, Samoa, Lebanon and Papua New Guinea will be joined by two further teams to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

NRI conducts research on referendum

Vice-President Raymond Masono welcomed the research team to Bougainville on Friday (Nov 10) and thanked the Speaker for taking a proactive approach to informing Members of Parliament.

“Bougainville needs to be strategic and learn about how other societies have gone about these democratic exercises,” Masono said.

“Right now Bougainville Members are busy preparing their constituencies – we want them to disseminate factual and neutral information about the referendum to help people make an informed decision.”

Win or bust for Samoa, Papua New Guinea

A win or draw against Scotland in Cairns tonight would be enough for Toa Samoa to squeak into the quarter finals as the third-ranked team in Group B.

The fifth-ranked Samoans were guilty of basic errors against both New Zealand and Tonga.

Captain for the day Sam Tagataese said they need to execute when they have possession.

Eye specialists needed in PNG

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eyeball and orbit.

The country has only 8 national ophthalmologists or eye specialists.

Given the total population of almost 8 million people, this means one ophthalmologist to a million people.

“And this is very alarming,” says ophthalmologist Dr Amyna Sultan, director of Pacific International Hospital.

She also offers lectures and assists in training ophthalmology residents at UPNG’s school of medicine.