Port Moresby

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.

Tari, Goilala want lawful solutions

Last week, leaders of both Tari and Goilala met at the Badili Police Station to urge their people not to take the law into their own hands but to let the law enforcers to bring to justice those who are involved in the latest killing of a Tari man at 2 Mile Hill on 30th of July.

The leaders of the Taris & Goilalas said the retaliations and killings on both sides had gone for too long and it has marred the reputation of both ethnic groups, and they want it to end.

PMGH gets timely help

The gifts consisted of 100 water dispensers and 38 water hens from Friends of POMGEN, a charity organization assisting the in-patients and health workers at Port Moresby General Hospital.

Vice President for CPNGFA, Billy Lin says they operate as a charity entity.

He says that Covid-19 has affected businesses but the Chinese community were willing to help as much as they can when the call was sent out.

A positive response was received and in one day they were able to raise K80,000. 

Fuel prices increase for August

The Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) announced the new retail fuel prices for this month, which take effect today.                    

These price increases are mainly attributed to the average increase in oil prices, and the depreciation of the PNG kina against the US dollar during the month of July, 2020.

In Port Moresby the maximum retail prices for fuel in Port Moresby are as follows:

Controller confirms 11th COVID-19 case for PNG

The latest confirmed patient, is a 26 year old female that resides in Port Moresby and is a close contact of Case 10.

The result was returned from the CPHL Laboratory in Port Moresby at 6:30pm on the 25th of June.

Deputy Controller, Dr Paison Dakulala reiterated that "people will not know that they have COVID-19, and may move around and most importantly being in an infectious state. This drives the importance of staying home when you have flu like symptoms, cough, body aches and fever.