Port Moresby

O’Neill: Govt has been business-friendly

In his speech during the 2017 Back-to-Business-Breakfast in Port Moresby on Friday, O’Neill said the Government has sought to provide a strong level playing field for business.

This is through fiscal policies that are transparent and sound.

“Very importantly, tax positions have not changed over the past five years.

“The outcome we have sought – is to ensure certainty and stability for the business community.

“Business do not need uncertainty in taxation laws and government regulation. We are maintaining this certainty,” said O’Neill.

Nine-Mile farm harvests record 18 tonnes of vegetables

Business Development Manager, Gallit Tamir says previously the farm had achieved a maximum weekly harvest of 15 tons.

He said growing a variety of vegetables, including tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicums, lettuce, Cherry tomatoes, Chili and more; the farm has placed new products on the shelves, primarily zucchini, sweet corn, pawpaw and more.

The Farm which began its activities in 2014 with a weekly produce of four tonnes gradually increased its capacity to the current record following introduction of state of the art technologies and continues innovation.

No adequate provision of affordable housing in city: Report

The National Research Institute (NRI) latest report on affordable housing have revealed that households that spend more than 30% of their income on housing would have housing affordability problems.

The Issues Paper, by Property Sector Development Research Program Senior Research Fellow Associate Professor Eugene Ezebilo, provides insights into developing an effective and efficient affordable housing strategy in Port Moresby.

BSP e-Business Expo set for February

According to the General Manager Retail Paul Thornton, the expo comprises of a two-fold program: an Exhibition and a Conference.

“The exhibition which is open to the general public, will host BSP booths to assist with e-business banking solutions and a BSP branch setup for customer account opening.

Mr Thornton added that the BSP e-products on exhibition will include: EFTPoS, KunduPei, Mobile Banking, Bill Pay, Internet Payment Gateway, Branchless Banking (Agent Banking), Online Personal Banking and ATM. This will also include account opening.

Walking can keep you physically fit

Beginning with Port Moresby, it is old news that centres around the country have adopted the Walk for Life program, an initiative that brings people from communities out to walk together.

This successful program is held yearly along with the Yoga for Life program, to promote healthy life, physical exercise and well-being in the city together.

The program went into a recess on December 12, 2016 and will commence in February 12, 2017.

Change your lifestyle with the New Year and consider preventative health care.

End of ‘perfect Christmas weather’

Around 10.15am, the heavens opened and a torrent was unleashed.

Excited children took to the streets, whooping joyfully as they splashed around in the downpour.

According to AccuWeather.com, residents should expect thunderstorms in parts of the city today.


Fallen tree blocks off city road

Workmen are cutting the fallen tree, which had completely blocked off one side of the main road.

Motorists driving towards Manu Auto Port are using the footpath because of the blockade.

The raintree, which grows beside the road opposite the Port Moresby General Hospital, had fallen earlier this morning due to the continuous lighting of fire at its roots.    

Meanwhile, the public roads in Port Moresby are not busy, as is common on a Monday.

Public markets and shops are open today, with city residents going about their daily routines on this public holiday.

Five flee accident

The incident happened at 14 mile near Koiari Park Primary school in Port Moresby.

Bystanders claimed that the five people were intoxicated with alcohol and sped along the highway before trying to turn a corner and accidentally overturned the vehicle.

Residents nearby rushed to the scene and pushed the car over before it rolled into a shallow drain near the road.

Luckily, all fled the scene alive before police arrived.

The five people are believed to be from Chimbu with the vehicle that belongs to the JKB Construction.

ExxonMobil to build new power plant

Managing Director, Andrew Barry, says construction is planned to begin in early 2017.

Once completed, it is expected to add enough power generation capacity to supply 40 per cent of Port Moresby’s peak demand.

This new plant adds to an existing 25MW power plant which ExxonMobil sells to PNG Power.

Barry says this arrangement has had significant improvement in the electricity reliability.

Japan takes out bronze at FIFA U20 WWC

They defeated the United States 1-0 in front of a crowd of 8098 supporters.

Japan's victory goal was scored by forward Mami Ueno three minutes to full-time.

After over 20 attempted goals through the 86 minutes of play, Ueno scored in the penalty box, sweeping a clear shot from the right and finding the top left corner of the net.

This was Ueno's fifth goal overall in the tournament.

Japan, in white and blue, dominated the game, having 63 percent ball possession.