Illegal Rise In Bus Fare

Executives of the association have reported that passengers are being charged K3 to commute between Bumayong and Lae city.

Morobe’s PMV route 4 covers Finschhafen, Bukawa, Nabak, Bumayong and PTC.

Route 4 PMV Association chairman, Kopen Vaibang, explained that prior to the December 22nd notice of PMV and taxi fares, issued by the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission, it used to cost Lae residents 70 toea to commute within the city. 

Minape takes Lae Police to court

The matter goes before court on March 3, 2022.

The Owner of Money Talks Ltd was unhappy at the way police dealt with him over his properties, claiming they locked the gates to his properties, which is being used by at least 20 different firms.

Mr Minape said on December 13, 2021 when police locked his properties, these firms lost income that day. He has now taken out a court order restraining police from trespassing.

Schools Finals End Successfully

In the U14 boys finals, 4 mile Primary school defeated Igam Primary, while in the U16, Omili beat Igam.

In the Secondary schools finals, Bugandi defeated Lae Secondary. In the U18 finals, Lae secondary accounted for Busu while in the girls open, Lae Secondary outplayed Bumayong Secondary to take out the title.

However from another front, this year’s schools competition has been tagged as the year of the fullbacks with a number of standout performances throughout in the Lae Schools Rugby League Competition season 2021.

Lae Nightclubs To Close

This directive has been issued by the chairman of the Morobe Provincial Emergency Operations Committee, Bart Ipambonj.

Ipambonj, who is the Morobe Provincial Administrator, made this decision under section 9, subsection 2 of the National Pandemic Act 2020.

He said the committee will act on the advice of the Morobe Provincial Health Authority on the latest status of COVID-19 and reopen the clubs at a later date.

“Any nightclub found to be open will be locked for three months,” he stated.

Control maintained in Lae

Otherwise, police maintained command and control within the suburbs of Eriku, town and market.

Lae metropolitan superintendent, Chris Kunyanban, said despite his office not receiving any formal notice of a planned protest, they went ahead and conducted a mini operation to safeguard lives and properties in the city.

The operation started as early as 4am on Friday, the 29th of October, where police setup checkpoints at the three strategic locations of Two-Mile, Kamkumung and Chinatown.

Eriku protest held at bay

A large crowd started gathering at Eriku by 8am but were not allowed to convene at the Eriku Oval due to police presence.

Shops closed their doors while classes were suspended as the crowd size started increasing around the Eriku busstop.

A large crowd soon started marching at around 11am but were held at bay at the St Mary's Primary School gate by Lae metropolitan superintendent, Chris Kunyanban, and his team.

The crowd were armed with placards saying: "My right, my choice" and "Say no to mandatory vaccination".

Conform or face arrest: ACP

Assistant Commissioner of Police for Northern Command, Peter Guinness, is urging people to wear masks when out in public spots.

By now, Papua New Guineans should be aware of the new normal, or niupela pasin, where we are expected to mask up when in public spaces, cough or sneeze into our elbows and maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from each other.

In an interview on Monday, ACP Guinness said COVID-19 cases are still on the rise.

Superannuation review in Lae

Facilitated by the Bank of PNG, the two-day forum started on Monday and was attended by financial institutions, government agencies and retirees.

The first series of the consultative workshop on superannuation and life insurance review follows the Treasury Minister’s approval on August 19th, 2020, to establish a Superannuation and Life Insurance Review Committee (SLIRC) as per the Bank of PNG Governor, Loi Bakani’s, request.

Lae residents brave weather

The streets of Eriku, Top Town, Market and the outer limits of the city were flooded in red, black and gold colours.

Residents going into shops were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by staff fully-attired in their respective traditional wear.

Anderson’s at Eriku was one such outlet that went all out to replace its usual appearance with fresh flowers, plants and PNG colours.

Police reservists to pass out

The event is scheduled to start at 10am on Thursday, September 16th, at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium.

120 school leavers from the districts of Morobe will pass out tomorrow after three months of intensive training under the inaugural Morobe Provincial Government’s police reservist intervention program.

Divided into four squads, the recruits had their final rehearsal today at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium.