Port Moresby

Police patrol streets for safe New Year

In a small briefing this evening before they set out, Police were told to ensure that the streets are safe for residents to welcome the new year.

The night patrol will begin at Vadavada and end at Gerehu.

The festive season operation for Police in NCD started before Christmas where police officers have been doing night patrols, setting check points including awareness for a peaceful New Year.

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Gideon Ikumu has urged residents to celebrate peacefully.

 

NCD women protest SARV case

The women carried banners with slogans that called for a stop to violence against women, saying the sick barbaric practice of torturing women accused of sorcery, must end.

“We represent all the women and girls across the country. On behalf of all the women and girls, I call the government of today, the Prime Minister and the Police Commissioner to impose the bill on women’s rights and see to it that it is exercised. Right now, we feel threatened,” said Elice Siki, NCD Women’s Commissioner.

Ethnic Clash A Concern

This is according to many reports received by NCD Police regarding fighting in the city for the last few months. Police say particularly the Taris from Hela Province were always in the spotlight.

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Gideon Ikumu when responding to media about the most reported crimes in the city said fighting among ethnic groups have increased recently.  

Mass Burial For Unclaimed Bodies

The mass burial came after a number of COVID-19 deaths reported in the country. National Pandemic Response Controller, David Manning, had authorised for the mass burial with the assistance from National Capital District Commission.

Two months earlier, the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) Management raised concern of the mortuary capacity and that it was overflowing. 

According to Director for Curative Health, Dr Kone Sobi, there are currently in excess of 300 bodies. 

Lakatois Prepare For OFC Qualifier

Similar training is conducted in Ramu, Lae, Madang, Wewak, Kimbe and Rabaul for selected players.

PNG Women Football Development officer, Margaret Aka and assistant Miriam Lanta, are supervising the camp in Port Moresby awaiting the arrival of new women’s head coach, Nicole Demaine, who is yet to arrive due to delay of her work permit and visa.

Aka is confident everything will be sorted before Demaine arrives to take up her role in preparing the women’s team for OFC qualifiers and eventually to the 2023 Women World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Anti-vaccine Disorder

The activity was a result of a viral notice circulating on social media about a “peaceful protest march” planned for today, Monday 1 November 2021, over mandatory vaccination.

Despite assurances from Controller of the Pandemic Response and Police Commissioner, David Manning that the notice circulated is false and misleading because vaccination is not mandatory and still remains a personal choice.

No lockdown in NCD

He said the decision was reached following a consultation with key stakeholders and the National Control Center.

“We note the hardship thousands of people face already as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact the two weeks lockdown would have on the community. 

“Economy has slowed down, unemployment is high, businesses are very fragile and equally teetering on collapsing”, added Governor Parkop. 

School buys own materials

Omili Primary School recently shipped their text books from Port Moresby to Lae, and are encouraging other schools to do the same.

Omili is the largest primary school in Morobe Province with over 3,000 students.

Head teacher, Mark Nanu, said prior to buying their new curriculum, three to five students can share a textbook, and eight teachers also share one resource book.

To alleviate the strain on their limited resources, Nanu went to the nation’s capital and organised for the purchase and shipping of over 3,000 new textbooks.

Empty sporting venues

Sporting venues for Port Moresby Rugby Football League, the South Side netball courts, Bisini Sports precinct, Kaugere rugby league fields one and two in Moresby south, Konedobu, are among those in the nation’s capital that have been closed, including the Sir John Guise sporting complex.

Individual sports associations that are nearing the end of their competitions and those in the middle of it, will consult with the National Pandemic Controller to continue their games next weekend, or hold off until the end of the given period.

POM gears up for 46th independence

He said NCDC has already dressed the city’s street light poles along selected major roads in the city with the National Flag.

“Despite the limitation and challenges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city, we must be reminded to remain united as one city and one people with one future to celebrate our resilience, celebrate our pride and significance of our national sovereignty of our city of 1000 tribes.