Port Moresby

Outstanding turn up at PNG’s film festival

The public flooded the Festival for the opening night film Power Meri, a documentary on the PNG Orchids journey to the 2017 Women’s Rugby League World Cup.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion with PNG NRL Team Leader and PNG Orchids 2017 Captain, Cathy Neap, as well as Karen Haive, Department of Community Development and Religion, Susan Ferguson, UNWomen Country Representative, and Stella Rumbam, World Vision PNG Operations Manager.

Feast of celebrations for POM residents

Live bands, traditional dances and singsing, artefacts and food display were featured throughout the day.

The streets of the nation’s capital were a sea of black, red and gold as residents flocked into the designated venues to be part of the nationwide celebrations.

While Port Moresby’s main independence celebration venue; the Paga Ring road, was quiet with families out and about winding down the long weekend, Unagi Oval and Jack Pidik were very much alive and buzzing with activities.

Both venues were packed to capacity.

33rd Foundation of Don Bosco technical

It is the 203rd birth anniversary of St John Bosco.

The week-long celebration commenced with ‘Family Day’. It was celebrated by 2,500 people and had as its theme: ‘Wokabaut wantaim ol yangpela’.  

The celebration will have different elements every day. 

The following are outlined for the week ahead: Catechetical Quiz, Bosco Got Talent, Assumption of Our Lady and an Academia.   

Who is Don Bosco? (Courtesy: Fr Albeiro Gonzalez sdb)

Round three in POM, Highlands and Kokopo

The NCDC Port Moresby Vipers and Snax Lae Tigers clash at 12:30pm will get things underway, being the curtain raiser to the SP Hunters and Souths Logan Magpies match.

Following the Intrust Super Cup fixture, the Kroton Hela Wigmen have a meet with the Chimbu Warriors at 5pm.

It will be the usual 2pm kick-off up in the Highlands with the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis and PRK Mendi Muruks to meet at the National Sports Institute, and the EPG Enga Mioks and Giru Waghi Tumbe encounter at Aipus Oval.

Relentless reports of armed holdups: N’Dranou

This means that crimes committed seem to be continuing with no sign of slowing down.

According to police, statistics of last week’s crime report had 14 cases reported of armed holdup and stolen motor vehicle; three cases of sexual offence (2 rape and 1 attempted rape), and three homicide cases of suspicious deaths.

Metropolitan Superintendent Perou N’Dranou admits that there has been an increase in the crime stats from last week, adding that this can be managed and brought down to a manageable rate soon.

Live auditions at Sir John Guise today

Over forty bands are auditioning today to secure a spot in the street’s battle of the bands – considered to be Port Moresby’s biggest musical festival.

This battle of the band is to unearth latest musical sensation from PNG and create careers for the most talented musicians in the country.

The difference though is that the performances are open to the public.

The audition today will be hosted by POM City markets – another local platform collaborating to create a general purpose city market every second Saturday of the month.

Make our city safe!

The National Capital District Commission is committed to making it safe once again for all residents, especially women and girls, by launching the anti-street harassment campaign week.

Observed as a national campaign worldwide on the 8th to the 12th of April, Papua New Guinea, specifically NCD, in collaboration with UN Women, will join in to campaign against street harassment.

The week-long event is a chance for all city residents to stand together in solidarity to raise awareness in their local communities.

Baimuru man missing since last week

The man, identified as Michael James, was working as a deck hand on a Taiwanese fishing boat when he went missing.

He was last seen by a member of the crew on Thursday evening on the deck of the Diamon 2 however, they never realised he was missing until later on in the evening.

Family members of the Gulf man were at the downtown Port Moresby police station yesterday.

An emotional big brother, Aaron James, said they had reported Michael missing on Saturday however, nothing much could be done.

Waiting for the cross

The faithful and enthusiastic who walked the way of the cross this morning in the nation’s capital each have a reason why they walk.

For one 18-year-old, Theo Aron, he did not walk the way of the cross, rather he woke up from his sleeping area under the Waigani freeway tunnel as police came in to move them out in anticipation of the walk passing through.

Flyover area to be monitored

However, illegal vending and the use of the area underneath the flyover have given rise to criminal and other illegal activities.

The National Capital District Commission says the area under the flyover is now out of bound and penalties will be imposed to intruders.

NCDC Regulatory Services and City Manager Bernard Kipit say effective as of March 22nd, all vending and commuting under the area beneath the Kumul Flyover must be stopped.