20yo ready for FIBA Cup

“I’ll be honest, there were a few things I wasn’t doing right regarding execution in the three-day training camp we had recently,” said Banduru.

“I always tried to give my best effort though and I’m thankful to the selectors for noticing that. Now that I am picked, I’ll make sure I perform to the best of my ability for my country and our people.”

Banduru, who goes by ‘Junior’, will be making his senior international debut for when the FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup tips off later this month.

VIDEO: PM on medicine supply issue

He said the only problem is the delay is the delivery. 
The Prime Minister says issues affecting the delivery have been identified and dealt with. 

PM commits to serve people

O’Neill made these remarks during the first parliament sitting on Tuesday.

“We will execute the mandate that has been entrusted to us with diligence and compassion and will work day-and-night to deliver the infrastructure and the services that will continue to strengthen our economy and our communities.

“This is our pledge that our Government makes to our people.

“We will certainly not let you down, and we will deliver to your expectations.”

PNG, SI judiciaries sign deal

Sir Salamo Injia and Sir Albert Palmer today signed the five-year MoU at the Waigani Court buildings.

The MoU paves way for judicial cooperation and assistance, exchange of technical expertise, advice and support, workshops, study visits and work attachments between the two countries.

PNG will provide to the Solomon Island judiciary assistance in Alternate Dispute Resolution, electronic case management, leadership and change management, including budget and finance.

PNG draw with Samoa

Goals were scored at the back end of the first half.

PNG hit the lead through Nicollete Ageva in the 41st minute.

Samoa levelled up in additional time when Hunter Malaki powered the ball past keeper Amatha Mistera.

Samoa’s Shalom Fiso tested Mistera’s reach in the 51st minute sending a high ball into the penalty box but Mistera was up the task making the save.

Ageva came close to breaking the deadlock in the 77th minute firing a shot at the keeper. But Jacky Toma managed to punch the ball clear.

PNG to play Samoa tomorrow

The match will kick off at 3pm (1pm PNG time) at Ngahue Reserve - Field 2.

In other matches, Tonga will take on New Zealand while Fiji and New Caledonia go head to head.

From four matches, PNG have won two and lost two which has put them in third spot on the ladder.

The current standings:

New Zealand (12), Fiji (7), PNG (6), New Caledonia (6), Samoa (2), Tonga (1).

PNG beat Tonga 4-1

The Tongans struck first in the 6th minute with a counterattack that saw Mele Kafa power a shot into the back of the net.

PNG regrouped and equalised in the 20th after a perfect through ball from Ramona Padio that found the boot of Selina Unamba who did the rest.

Padio then gave PNG the lead right before the break slotting one past keeper Mele Akolo to make it 2-1.

PNG dominated the second half and scored two more times through Padio in the 51st and Nicollete Ageva in the 88th.

U19 women’s champs: NZ thrash PNG 12-0

Hannah Blake fired the ball past PNG’s keeper Faith Kasiray to find the back of the net and open the scoring in the 16th minute.

It became 2-0 when Samantha Tawharu slotted another past Kasiray off a pass from Emma Main.

The home side struck twice in additional time to bring the score out at 4-0 at the break.

The floodgates opened up in the second half of the match with the Kiwis scoring another eight goals in what was a lopsided affair.  

300 West Papuans declare loyalty to PNG

Deputy Chief Migration Officer, Esther Gaegaming, said this during the World Refugee Day commemoration in Port Moresby.

The Melanesian people who occupy the other half of the land mass with PNG had lived illegally in the country for decades, escaping persecution from their homeland.   

Gaegaming said the ceremony was held last week where 300 West Papuans, who have been granted citizenship, were chosen from the nationwide registration.   

“They have been leaving with us for decades under an agreement that was not formalised.

More visitors despite lift on visa-on-arrival


CEO of the Manufacturers' Council of PNG, Chey Scovell, said this during the Australia-PNG Business Council Forum in Port Moresby.

Scovell said it was revealed during the ‘No Border’ session of the forum that the lifting of the visa-on-arrival did not have the expected effect on Australian visitors' numbers.

“In the forum last year we were saying it’s going to be good and well and cut down on the numbers, it didn’t happen," he said.