Milne Bay Province

Alotau Elects PNC’s Morris

People's National Congress Party candidate, Ricky Morris has come out on top, elected for the first time as member-elect.

Morris led with 8,093 votes. Coming in close was Lisia Ilaibeni (URP) with 7,986 polling; a difference of 170 votes.

Allan Bole Baniyamai (PNGP) was the 36th candidate to be eliminated. His votes were distributed and Morris won.

Wesley leads Milne Bay Regional count

After the 12th elimination, Gordon Wesley (PNC) was leading with 28,426 votes.

  1. Gordon Wesley (PNC) - 28,426
  2. Tim Neville (NA) - 21,158
  3. Titus Philemon (URP) - 20,361
  4. Charles Watson Lepani (PNGP) - 12,145
  5. Jennifer Rudd (PANGU Pati) - 10,718
  6. Charles Abel (ODP) - 8, 993
  7. Rex Kaikuyawa (IND) - 8,116

The absolute majority (50%+1) is at 54,959 votes.

Liquor Ban For Milne Bay

He said the liquor ban will start on Thursday, when the Writs are issued to the end of the election period.

PPC Barkie said the alcohol ban during the election in all alcohol selling outlets was the idea of the Government’s call to make this election safe.

He said he supports the idea because many alcohol-related issues had led to many law and order problems. 

PPC Barkie said the provincial licensing board before the decision of the Government had banned the sales of liquor in all outlets but allowed the hotels to sell.

Special Constables For Election Operation

He said the appointment on the constables is to assist the police manpower shortage in the province. Supt. Barkie said the constables were identified and trained for the election operation.

He said their term as special constables would expire when the election ends.

 

PPC Barkie said the other police officers in the province had also gone through special trainings for the election period. Some of the things taught during the training were on how to deal with election-related offences, with physical training exercises progressing well.

 

No Consultation For Pilotage, Jomard Passage

LPF President and Chairman, Jerome Tioti said the Jomard Passage discussions are a sensitive issue for the island people and for many years have waited. For many years, they have waited for the government to do right by them, but once again, have been left out.

No Consultation For Pilotage, Jomard Passage

LPF President and Chairman, Jerome Tioti said the Jomard Passage discussions are a sensitive issue for the island people and for many years have waited. For many years, they have waited for the government to do right by them, but once again, have been left out.

Cameron Food Appeal

Appeal Coordinator, Magistrate Rebecca Kwayaila said the food appeal was launched when the school was forced to send their boarding students home.

In her appeal letter, Magistrate Kwayalia stated that students from outer islands and other parts of the province who had no relatives, remained on school grounds and were being supported by staff with basic meals. Hence the appeal was to help feed the students until rations were made available. 

On Friday August 20th, Trukai Industries responded to the appeal and donated 50 10kg bags of rice to the school. 

Newborn care program for Alotau

This is to ensure they survive and thrive over the next three years in Milne Bay Province.

The program, Saving Lives - Spreading Smiles, focuses on preventing and managing bleeding after delivery, a common cause of death in mothers, and neonatal hypothermia (low body temperature) in newborns.

Milne Bay police remain positive

Chief Inspector George Bayagau remains positive following a number of meetings with the provincial law and order committee as well as additional manpower on ground.

Once known as a tourist hotspot, the beautiful province of Milne Bay attracted unwanted attention when armed robbery and public shootouts started making headlines.

Elderly woman caught in crossfire, succumbs to injury

The 85-year-old woman from Suau, Milne Bay Province, was inside a house when she was hit by a stray bullet and taken to the hospital at around 5.30pm yesterday.

According to police, the gunfight, which lasted for over 30 minutes, erupted after criminals ambushed a police patrol at Garuboi within the precincts of Alotau town.

A policeman in Alotau said the suspects were positioned at a vantage point atop a hill and they used high powered weapons to attack the policemen.