Port Moresby

PNG’s first ever dance class

Madla has been dancing since childhood, coming from a family of entertainers.

But after a while of observation, the 32-year-old mother of three has come up with something new – Sasstematic.

Sasstematic production not only dances but offers Papua New Guinea’s first ever dance classes.

She has begun with dancehall – a fusion between reggae, R&B and hip-hop – originating from Jamaica.

In its third week now, Madla has seen a growing demand of people, mostly children, who want to dance and women who want to keep fit.

Retaliation lands family in court

Alma Jagiri (33), Bernard Jagiri (29) and a 17-year-old from Bauwame village, Tufi appeared in court after they were arrested and charged with causing grievous bodily harm to Alma's husband, Kelly Avedi.

They appeared before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli at the Waigani Committal Court, who read and explained their charge to them before ordering for the 17-year-old's case to be transferred to the juvenile court.

According to the police summary of facts, the incident took place after Alma went to her maiden family house on the night of Oct 29, 2016.

American filmmaker to visit nation’s capital

Filmmaker and founder of Production Company Trilogy Films, Dawn Porter, will be at a variety of venues in Port Moresby from March 1 – 11, 2017, announces the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby.

Porter’s visit to Port Moresby is part of the American Film Showcase program supporting the Embassy’s programs and initiatives empowering women, addressing gender-based violence and keeping girls in schools.

Porter will highlight the importance of women’s entrepreneurship in her first meeting at the Women Business Resource Center. 

New student hall, classrooms for Kilakila Secondary

The school, which caters for over 1000 students, now has a proper assembly hall for staging examinations, school concerts, meetings and studies.

Some of the 20 classrooms are brand new while others have been refurbished and modernised.

School principal Herman Panai thanked the Moresby South electorate and the National Capital District Commission for funding the infrastructure of the school. 

Panai said the school is currently facing a lot of challenges, including infrastructure development and shortage of teachers’ houses.

Indoor cricket comp completes season five

In the Plate Mix grand final in the morning, ANZ belted 123 and then restricted Puma Energy to 48 to win by 75 runs.

The next match was for the Men’s Plate that saw SCAL hold on tight to defeat ANZ by just 12 runs.

IRC were good enough to manage a 30 run win over Water PNG to take out the honours in the Men’s Bowl division.

The Men’s Super 8s grand final was a thriller with BSP coming out victors over Rigo Office by 21 runs.

RSPCA to host ‘The Longest Lunch’ today!

This fundraising event will help raise money for its animal shelter.

In a statement, community liaison coordinator, Brigitte Baki-Ta’u, said the animal shelter houses up to 50+ animals per month (mainly cats and dogs) and provides food, water, shelter and regular health checks.

“The animals in our shelter are then put up for adoption whereby the process allows us to find suitable homes for them,” stated Baki-Ta’u.

“The funds we raise will go toward:

Need for more secondary schools in the nation’s capital

Parkop says with the growing population in Port Moresby and the large number of primary and elementary schools, there’s a need for more secondary schools.

The National Capital District currently has 16 secondary schools and 34 primary schools.

Out of the 16 secondary schools, only five are government schools while the others are church-run and private schools.

Parkop said the number of secondary schools is totally inadequate compared to the number of primary schools.

Suspect in Laufa’s death will be charged

NCD metropolitan police commander, Ben Turi, told Loop PNG tonight that the charges will be laid against the suspect following an autopsy on Laufa’s body, which is set to take place tomorrow.

The suspect, from East New Britain Province, is currently in custody, being questioned by Criminal Investigation Division (CID) officers.

Turi says the suspect was picked up after the incident yesterday that led to Laufa’s death.

Ruby-Anne Shantelle Kila Laufa, born on February 13, 1992, in Port Moresby, was the Miss South Pacific PNG 2012-2013.

Aust –PNG Business Forum scheduled for May

Themed ‘Navigating the Cycle: Creating Opportunities in Challenging Times,’ it aims to capture PNG’s unprecedented opportunity to manage its way through the tough economic climate and position itself for future growth, leveraging advantages for the prosperity to benefit its entire people. 

The Forum is well established as the major annual bilateral business meeting between both countries and builds on the work both Councils have done over more than three decades in growing the bilateral business relationship.

2017 Leaders Summit deferred

The two day programme was supposed to start today in Port Moresby to highlight the outcome of the O'Neill-Dion Government.

Chief Secretary to Government, Isaac Lupari made the announcement of the cancellation this morning in front of Cabinet Ministers, Departmental and statutory heads, District Development Authority CEOs, Development Partners, and Business executive at the Stanley Hotel.

Lupari said many parliamentarians are absent and were unable to attend and were in their electorates after two weeks of Parliament sessions.