Pacific Games Village completion on track for July

Driving along the Main West Coast Road, the Games Village at Faleula is a hive of activity. Electric Power Corporation, an official Friend of the Games, has staff up power poles, upgrading the electricity supply to the village.

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority is carrying out inspections to check that smoke and fire alarms are installed, that there are enough emergency exits in all buildings, and that electrical wiring is up to standard.

The Disaster Management Office will be checking that assembly points and evacuation routes are clearly marked.

Samoa Govt approves more accommodation for Pacific Games’ officials

The total worth of all contracts is ST$1,355,280.

A statement said the hotels were selected based on the number of Officials, location and proximity of the hotel to Games venues and Dining Hall facilities, as well as the overall suitability in the transportation plan for the Games.

Tahiti concerned about Pacific Games accommodation

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed in November between the Samoa Government and accommodation providers in Upolu and Savai'i.

But the majority of athletes will now base themselves at the Methodist Church of Samoa's Faleula compound for the July Games after officials were only able to convince 30 hotels to come on board, which will only cater for one quarter of the 4000 beds required.

The Vice President of Tahiti's Olympic Committee, Charles Villierme, said they have concerns the facilities will not enable athletes to perform to their best.

PPC concerned over officers’ accommodation

The welfare of police officers is as important as their duties.

This comes after concerns were raised on the living standards of some of these officers, especially in the Nuigo and Yawasoro barracks in East Sepik Province.

The provincial police commander, Robert Gesa, says accommodation is one of the major problems faced by the province’s police.

Gesa said one of the barracks has been condemned and to date, most of these police men and women, including their families, are living in this rundown place.

School needs help with teachers’ accommodation

School principal Herman Panai revealed that the teachers are struggling.

The school currently has 55 teachers but only 12 are accommodated on campus.

Kilakila is the only secondary school in the Moresby South electorate and has over 1600 students with nine classes each for Grade 9 and 10, and eight classes each for Grade 11 and 12.

Panai said: “There’s a competition between schools to have better teachers so with the housing shortage, I am unable to keep my good teachers.

“Most of the teachers reside in settlements and the nearby Motu-Koita villages.

Hotel operators meet APEC authority on accommodation

APEC Coordination Authority CEO, Chris Hawkins, said this today in Port Moresby when meeting with General Managers and representatives of several Hotel companies today to advise them on accommodation arrangements required for the APEC 2018 Summit.

He said organising accommodation was a mammoth task which had to take into consideration bilateral and multilateral ties between the various countries, cultural and linguistic factors, and security requirements by the APEC member economies, among others.