papua new guinea

Francophone showdown awaits at OFC U 17

Hosts Tahiti take on current table leaders New Caledonia on the second day of Group A action in the OFC U-17 Championship in Papeete, Tahiti on 14 February.

Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu will open the day of action as they both fight for their first points in the competition at 4pm (local time).

Although their 3-2 loss to New Caledonia was heart-breaking for Papua New Guinea coach Harrison Kamake, he remains focussed on staying constructive and tweaking the side’s weaknesses.

“We are playing Vanuatu and they definitely are a good team,” he said.

UNFF to provide further assistance to PNG

UNFF sustainable development officer, Benjamin Singer, told Loop PNG that UNFF’s collaboration with the PNG Forest Authority (PNGFA) is stretched over the whole of this year.

This follows a successful week-long capacity building workshop held recently in Port Moresby on project design in sustainable forest management in PNG.

At the end of the workshop, government officers were able to identify and formulate a project proposal that can be submitted to donor partners to consider and fund.

APTC welcomes over 700 students

The orientation sessions at APTC campuses in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu on January 16 and 17, provided valuable information to new students on APTC facilities, student support services, regulations, and their responsibilities.

APTC is an innovative development program funded by the Australian Government, delivering internationally-recognised Australian skills and qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers for skilled workers across the Pacific.

Fight against cancer continues throughout the country

Undertaken by a team of volunteers, the Walk the Talk against cancer has been carrying out various fundraising activities since its inception last year.

The aim is to raise money both in PNG and abroad to support Sir Joseph Nombri Memorial Hospital, Goroka General Hospital and Catholic Health Services to have facilities necessary for prevention (information, education and awareness), early detection and treatment, palliative care and support that are not available and critically needed in the highlands region of PNG.

Proposed refugees' brothel concerns Manus PPC

Senior Inspector David Yapu said it will be illegal and also against Papua New Guinea’s Christian principles. The brothel will create more social problems and unwanted pregnancy, including the spread of HIV/AIDS, now prevalent on the Island.

“The brothel will become an issue affecting our traditional family morals and values with young girl and mothers servicing those asylum seekers for the sake of easy money,” says PPC Yapu.

Immigration officials whisk refugee away from waiting media

They avoided the waiting media for the last five hours after the Air Niugini aircraft he was on landed at 12:10pm.

Five hours later immigration and police officers whisked him out of the international terminal even before the waiting media could take pictures and do an interview.

The Land Cruiser registration number BEW 987 was believed to be from the Immigration Department.

The question which remains to be answered is why did Immigration officials whisk the refugee away without talking to the waiting media regarding this national issue.

 

Ticket sales for RLWC2017 in PNG will soon be announced

The RLWC2017 is scheduled from October 26 to December 2 and will be co-hosted by Australia, New Zealand and PNG.

PNG will host national team Kumuls’ three pool matches against Wales (October 28), Ireland (Nov 5) and the USA (Nov 12).

RLWC2017 general manager commercial and marketing, Rohan Sawyer said the tournament will be the biggest event in the region during 2017.

An estimated 450,000 fans will attend the event which would be a tournament record.

PNG’s venomous snakes

The major burden of serious envenoming however, is caused by jut five species:

Papuan taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus), New Guinea death adders (Acanthophis laevis & Acanthophis rugosus), New Guinea death adders (Acanthophis laevis & Acanthophis rugosus), New Guinea brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis) and Papuan blacksnake (Pseudechis papuanus).

Yearly, based on research and statistical analysis, Charles Campbell Toxinology Centre estimates 1000 deaths due to snakebite.

PNG performed as expected: PNGRFU

The PNG side was defeated all throughout the tournament against Samoa 35-7, Wales 29-7, Argentina 41-14, Kenya 47-5 and England 40-0.

PNGRFU interim chief executive officer Paul Joseph said PNGRFU didn’t have any high expectations of the team.

“Obviously we knew they were in a very tough pool and their preparation, as we all wanted, didn’t come as planned.”

Joseph highlighted that their main focus for the team and the coaching staff is to prepare for the Hong Kong 7s tournament from April 7-9, which is the qualifier for the World Series.

Religious education to become a separate subject

Education secretary Dr. Uke Kombra said religious education is one component that has been captured in the Culture and Community subject under the new Standards-Based Curriculum (SBC).

The SBC learning kit is now being distributed to all 7,000 schools throughout the country. Each kit contains SBC elementary syllabuses, teacher guides and English materials.

Kombra said they will seriously look into introducing religious education, values and attitudes in the curriculum.