Port Moresby

Team USA applauds local supporters

USA coach Michelle French admitted that her players have consistently talked about how incredibly the fan’s support has been.

“When you’re coming in for a game you never know if anyone will be out there cheering for you.

“The supporters always motivate the players when they start chanting their names.

“We tend to feed off the energy of the crowd so it’s been an absolutely fantastic experience so far playing in front of the local people and we look forward to the next game,” French said.

Elderly man recovers body of aborted baby in drain

According to witnesses and people living around the area, the fetus looked to be 5 to 6 months old, was aborted, packed in a plastic bag and thrown in the nearby drain.

The fetus was said to have been in the drain since the previous night and was found by an elderly man later in the afternoon.

The witness, who did not want to be named, said he thinks that the fetus could have been left there a day prior to its discovery as a good number of people have already been going back and forth from the same area, thinking it was just a plastic filled with rubbish.

Woman rushed to hospital after sudden attack

The man, believed to be mentally unstable, attacked her when she was trying to get her esky (portable cooler) from the nearby drain. Eyewitnesses allege that he was hiding in the drain and attacked the woman for no apparent reason.

Loop PNG was on site when the incident happened.

Police travelling along the Waigani Drive stopped over and arrested the suspect while he was trying to escape.

The woman was rushed to the hospital in a taxi.

Early Christmas for Erima children

Laden with sweets, gifts and goodie bags, Digicel staff were greeted at the gate with hearty carols and beaming smiles from the more than 150 students, ranging from 3 to 12 years old.

Their smiles soon turned into earsplitting grins when Santa came swaggering in to join the party. Everyone rushed to shake hands with Santa as he let out a jovial “Ha ha ha!” instead of the traditional “ho ho ho” that we are all used to.

The initiative is part of Digicel PNG Foundation’s annual CLC Christmas program.

Trade Expo coming to Port Moresby

The Expo is set to become the premier meeting place for both business and government seeking access to the latest developments and innovations across a broad industry reach.

About 1,000 trade visitors are anticipated to attend the two-day event.

The expo will start on May 3 and ends on May 4, 2017.

Event Director Robyn Crouch in a statement to Loop PNG said: “Interest is strong across all sectors of industry and offers a great opportunity for overseas and PNG companies to showcase their activities”

There will be no charge for Trade visitors to attend.

Kumul flies high today

Proud Morobe people are in their distinctive provincial colours: Blue, yellow and green shirts and caps, while others had their faces painted.

Different cultural groups of different districts in the province, in their traditional attires, are marching into the park to celebrate the day.

Meanwhile, vehicles decorated with the provincial flag are lined at the entrance, causing a mini traffic jam at the road leading to Waigani and Morata intersections.

330 youths at Catholic youth convention

The youth convention started on November 6 and will conclude on Sunday, November 13.  

The event will also serve to officially mark the close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in PNG and Solomon Islands.

The Jubilee Year of Mercy, proclaimed by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, started on 8 December 2015 and officially ends with the closing of the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican, on 20 November 2016.  

NCD police ready for FIFA

Speaking to Loop PNG today, NCD metropolitan police commander Ben Turi says operational orders have been given out.

He adds that all of the respective metropolitan stations are now out in full operations to ensure that the FIFA event runs smoothly.

Turi is confident that the city will cooperate to ensure that all visitors are made welcome and enjoy their stay here.

He says foot beats to road checks, as well random vehicle stops, are now being carried out in Port Moresby.

Armed youths walk off with over K1,900 cash

The supermarket’s national manager, Anton Guthen, says this is the third time this year the supermarket has been robbed of its taking.

The shop’s usual opening time is around 6.30am. “The suspects however, came in around 8.30 to 9am when the store was crowded with morning shoppers, taking everyone by surprise,” stated Guthen.

They took cash totaling K1,960 from the first cashier’s till.

A security guard at the supermarket’s door said one of the suspects pointed a homemade firearm at him.

Qantas starts daily services between Pom-Brisbane

The service operates daily, using a refreshed 174 seat B737- 800 aircraft featuring 12 business class seats, upgraded in-flight entertainment, and improved seat comfort.

It replaces Qantas’ previous, turboprop-operated service between Port Moresby and Cairns, and is aimed to maximize customers’ connections to New Zealand, Pacific Islands, and North America.

Qantas and Air Niugini will continue to codeshare on routes between Port Moresby and Australia.*