80th birthday

Sir Tom Jones turns 80

The Welsh legend, who was born on 7 June 1940, said he did not mind growing old because "the memories are tremendous".

And he said lockdown reminded him of his own two-year isolation with tuberculosis from the age of 12.

"I sympathise with young people that can't go and play," he said.

Sir Tom, who grew up in Pontypridd, enjoyed huge commercial success with hits including It's Not Unusual, What's New Pussycat? and Kiss.

He became one of the world's biggest stars, with his live Las Vegas performances earning the admiration of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

Sir Michael's final words

Those were the remarks of the founding father of this great nation, Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare, during his 80th birthday celebration in Wewak, East Sepik Province. He made the statement when he also officially announced his retirement from politics in front of his family, friends and diplomatic corps.

“My wish is that we will learn to treat our adopted system of government with unwavering respect. May we never let the sins of our own past dominate our ability to lead by example.”

Wewak flights full, passengers stranded

Most of the passengers were expatriates and government ministers traveling to witness the 80th birthday of Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

Loop PNG caught up with some stranded passengers who were from East Sepik. They expressed their dissatisfaction on the development in the province.

One passenger, who wanted to remain anonymous, said there is no development to show for in the province.

"We are happy that Sir Michael became the founding father of this nation, but there is really no development in the province."

Sir Michael will turn 80 tomorrow.