ABG hosts dedication service

The dedication service began with a ‘unity walk’ from the ABG Polytech Centre to the United Church, led by ABG Minister for Public Service, Joseph Mona, Member for Atolls, Pais Taehu and Acting Chief Secretary, Shadrach Himata.

Speaking at the dedication service, ABG Acting Chief Secretary Himata reflected on the theme of the service ‘God is interested in you and you are worthy to serve Him’, calling on public servants to renew their commitment to serving God by serving the people of Bougainville.

Huge leatherback turtle saved in Bougainville

A local school teacher, Anne Lydia Dandava, helped raise the alarm and a group from her village along the Lavelai Coast set off to rescue the turtle and push it out to sea.

“We beat the poachers. I think there were not too many of them. So they had gone back for reinforcements. And in the interim we rescue … we set the turtle free,” she said.

It's a rare success story in Papua New Guinea, where turtles and their eggs are considered a delicacy and often hunted as food.

For the critically endangered leatherback, the stakes have never been higher.

PNG Air’s first Buka flight since SOE

PNG Air flight CG1744 made a grand entrance into Buka at 1100hrs; all passengers obtained clearance by AROB SoE Controller prior to travelling.

“Passengers who choose to travel to Buka must contact the AROB SoE Controller directly by emailing arobcovid19occ@gmail.com and present written approval at time of purchasing a ticket,” said PNG Air.

“Upon arrival, all passengers will undertake mandatory 14-day quarantine.

National reconciliation set for November

The reconciliation, which was approved at the March Joint Supervisory Body meeting, is targeted at former combatants and members of the PNG security forces including defence, police and correctional services.

Acting Chief Secretary to the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Col. Thomas Raivet (Rtd), said this reconciliation is critical and must happen before the referendum to ensure Bougainvilleans are free to vote in November.

Bougainville geared for biggest Choc Fest

President Chief Dr John Momis will officially launch the two day Festival of activities and competitions at Hutjena Oval in Provincial capital Buka this Friday. 

This year’s festival activities include competitions for farmers, such as the Big Bean Competition and Big Pod Competition.

The highlight Chocolate competition has generated record levels of interest with farmers submitting their cocoa beans from as far as remote Nissan Island and Torokina in South Bougainville.

Asian shops looted in protest

According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred around midday.

Reports from the ground state the issue stemmed from disgruntled locals from the Wakunai area of Central Bougainville, who were protesting the sale of merchandise with the iconic Upe, which originates from the area.

The Upe is worn by young men as they are initiated into adulthood, and is a respected and taboo symbol in the area.

Women are not allowed to wear the symbol.

K5m jetty for Buka

The project is an initiative of the National Fisheries Authority.

NFA’s provincial support coordinator, Bolton Towok, gave an overview to Loop PNG during a recent field trip.

“This is the Buka Jetty and shore base facility. It will cater for fishermen to land and market their fish,” Towok explained.

“It will contain a fish market, cold storage facility, processing and office space on the top for the Autonomous Region fisheries.

​Locals appeal for ICCC inspection

Residents have raised numerous concerns about the alleged sale of fake Samsung and Huawei phones.

Unsuspecting customers buy the phones, which turn out to be in bad working condition where, for instance, some of the applications fail to work. However, when they try to get a refund, their requests are refused by the shop owners.

This reporter witnessed a customer buy a Samsung J5 for K300, only to discover that the phone was faulty. None of the applications inside were working and the only way to switch it off was to remove the battery.

Tanks handed over to Gagan Health Centre in Buka

In handing over the tanks, BSP Buka Branch Manager Julie Warren appealed to the Health Centre staff and Gagan community to look after these facilities as they will benefit the whole community.

“We hope our contribution will make a meaningful and lasting change in the communities,” BSP Buka Team also provided other items to the health centre in the form of mattresses and pillows.

Warren thanked the local community leaders and the people for giving BSP the opportunity to implement this project under the BSP Community Projects Program.

Buka town rocked by armed holdup at store

It is still unknown whether the criminals escaped  with any money,  but according to eye witnesses numbering up to nearly a hundred people doing New Year’s shopping, they said the criminals were disturbed but as soon as police arrived on the scene they fled.

Guns shots from an M16 A2 weapon echoed around Buka town causing the public to panic while others were confused thinking it was fireworks. It was like a scene from a Hollywood movie as the criminals advanced into the shop.