Partial lockdown of Waigani Supreme and National courts

In a statement issued by Jack Kariko, Secretary for the National Judicial Staff Services, the scale down came into effect on yesterday 19 October. It will be lifted next Tuesday 26 October.

Kariko said only urgent court matters will be heard during this partial lock down period.

Further, the statement stated that all staff are required to get vaccinated and are required to show the ‘green vaccination card’ before they can be allowed entry into the premises.

The notice also applies to all court users.

Suspension of Clinical Examinations at POMGEN

This is part of the scale down of services at the hospital due to rise in cases of the Delta Variant.  

The circular read, ‘Due to the spike in COVID-19 clinical cases in the hospital and the unprecedented exertion of pressure on the already limited capacity the hospital can cater for.’

The circular stated that it is important that clinicians, nurses and support staff be deployed in efforts to combat and mitigate the efforts of COVID-19 in the hospital.

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North Fly MP Questions PM James Marape about the legalities of the P'nyang gas agreement and a whole series of questions surrounding the proceedings that took place in Houston, Texas, USA.


Thugs Stab Student To Death

The student, from East Sepik, was taking a short cut from the Waigani Catholic Church to the University premises between 7pm and 8pm when the incident occurred.   

The student walked into the UPNG staff residential area, where he collapsed.

 Uniforce security guards rushed him to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Metropolitan Superintendent, Gideon Ikumu said two suspects have been apprehended by police and locked up the Waigani police cells.

The body of the deceased is now at the Port Moresby General Hospital morgue.

Wigmen launch title defense

The small but significant event took place at the Koitaki Country club just outside of Port Moresby on Friday.

The event coincided with the official announcement of Kroton Hela Wigmen’s 35 men playing roster for 2021.

At Friday’s launch, Chairman of Hela Wigmen Board Any Hetra said to arrive at this final squad wasn’t an easy task.

He said after 6 months of rigorous preseason training, trials and selections the board has come up with final 35 men squad they believe the best team to defend the cup this year.

Stars prepare for virtual Golden Globe Awards 2021 ceremony

The ceremony, which recognises excellence in film and television, is being held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is the first major event of awards season, and often a good indicator of which films will go on to Oscar glory. But it has also attracted controversy.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Sunday night's event.

Who is hosting?

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, truly the greatest combo since apple slices and Nutella, are returning to hosting duties this year.

Netball World Youth Cup in Fiji postponed

The decision comes only weeks after qualifying events in Africa, the Americas, Europe and Oceania were cancelled, with the remaining spots determined via world ranking points.

The World Youth Cup was scheduled to be held in Suva in June, with Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands set to represent the Pacific.

But the International Netball Federation said, given the ongoing uncertainty because of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the risk to people's health, restrictions on global travel and quarantine requirements, the decision was made to postpone the event.

Six movies resuming production after coronavirus

Agreed? Agreed.

Well, fear not, because around the world some of the big-hitters are starting to re-commence production - which was of course halted by Covid-19 - in a variety of socially-distanced ways.

Here are just six of the films to keep your fingers crossed for then in 2021, when the cinemas are hopefully back in business.

Avatar 2

The long-awaited sequel to James Cameron's 2009 sci-fi blockbuster was able to re-start filming in New Zealand this week, because the country is almost coronavirus free.

New Tokyo dates set

Last week, the Olympics – which were due to start on July 24 – were postponed due to the global spread of coronavirus.

A joint statement from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organising committee later clarified the Games would be moved "to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021".

The IOC has now ratified the new dates, while announcing the Paralympics will take place from August 24 to September 5.