Port Moresby

Big day for New Caledonia in pool


New Caledonia are second and Samoa and Fiji equal third on the overall medal count.

Ryan Pini's third gold medal was the pick of the home performances on a day where Para athletes and a host of smaller nations had their moment in the spotlight.

New Caledonia women dominate Day 3 swimming

Fast swimmer Lara Grangeon set another new record in the 400m freestyle of 4:20:40 sec,  taking out gold.

The previous record was 4:28:32 sec that was also set by Lara. This was the 19th record set in this Pacific Games.

Charlotte Robin got the bronze in the 400m freestyle after clocking in at 4:41:97 sec behind silver medalist Matelita Buadromo of Fiji.

Another Games record of 1:03:50 sec in the 100m backstroke was broken by Emma Terebo of New Caledonia. Emma set a new record of 1:02:60 in this event to win gold.

Games: 15 gold up for grabs today

In shooting, there will be two gold medals up for grabs in the men’s and women’s 10m air pistol event.

The women’s final takes place at 11:15 at the June Valley Shooting Range, with the men’s final following at 15:30.

There will be four gold medals awarded in Va’a (canoeing) in the men’s and women’s 1500m and 500m V6 events, which start at 12:00 at the Naval Base.

The women’s and men’s team table tennis finals will take place at the Caritas Technical Secondary School at East Boroko at 14:30 and 17:00.

Opening ceremony excitement

Safe to say people like Madangs Hilda Meka and her husband hope that they can make it to the show in time to see the fireworks, something their 3 and 7 year old sons are enthusiastic to see.

Unagi is full as Moses Tane a shift manager with the Mosbi Omai security boys that they estimate almost 200 to 300 vehicles are now parked there.

PNGLoop was told by Bonny Vagi and family that they drove from their Makerupu village in Rigo just for the Opening ceremony.

Vagi was parked at Jack Pidik with six of his family members who all conveyed from the village.

PMV buses moved from Unagi to Gordons bus stop

Unagi Oval will be used as a Pacific Games parking and informal market during the duration of the Games.

However, with road work in the vicinity of Gordons bus stop yet to be completed, it has added to traffic congestion in the area.

The change for PMVs on the Gordons route comes after months of those buses and all others depositing and picking up passengers at the Unagi oval area, because of persistent crime in the Gordons market area.


Slow resumption of PMV service in the capital

Only a few were seen back on the road by 5pm.

Many bus stops were crowded while others deserted after learning of strike action earlier today.

Police confirm a man from the Highlands was hit by a PMV bus this morning.

This prompted retaliation by some factions of unidentified people who attacked PMVs and taxis this morning.

Police have warned all parties to do the right thing and report the matter instead of taking the law into their own hands.

​English singer Craig David arrives in Moresby

The singer will be performing alongside Brandon Beal this Thursday night as part of his PNG & Australia Tour from June 18-21.

The 34 year old was all in smiles when speaking at a press conference at Grand Papua Hotel and is very excited to be here for the first time.

He invited his fans to come out to watch him perform live and said it’s going to be a great and exciting night as he looks forward to meeting all the fans.

David is expected to perform his hit songs including 7 Days, Waking Away and Don't Love You No More at the one hour show that starts at 10pm.