Sir Hubert Murray Stadium

Leader raises concern on state of stadium

Winston Parascos is urging the Minister for Sports and National Events, Justin Tkatchenko, to come out publicly and truthfully inform the taxpaying public on why the incomplete Sir Hubert Murray stadium in Port Moresby has been abandoned.

He said the incomplete controversial stadium has become an eyesore for city residents and visitors.

“Justin Tkatchenko is not only duty bound, but has moral obligations to inform the taxpaying public why the condition of the structures are left to deteriorate,” he stressed.

Parkop was 15 minutes late: former aide

Terence Moka told Loop PNG that comments on Facebook and from certain media organization that Governor Parkop came more than an hour late for the farewell  of East Sepik Governor and PNG’s first Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare is untrue.  

“I was there at the Stadium, and Governor Parkop came 15 minutes late,” Moka said.

He said plans were cancel the event because of the rain but because Sir Michael had already arrived at Sir Hubert Murray Stadium, the event had to proceed and Governor Parkop had to rush to the stadium.

Dump truck crushes utility killing two

The accident happened today, around midday behind Sir Hubert Murray Stadium at Konedobu in Port Moresby.

According to eye witnesses, the dump truck belonging to POM Stones was fully loaded with sand and was travelling downhill from Lawes Road.

The driver sensing mechanical faults started sounding the horn as a warning, alerting the drivers of other vehicles in front of him to give way.

Before crashing into the vehicle which the victims were in, the dump truck, hit two cars- a taxi  and another car. Luckily, passengers of the two cars escaped unharmed.

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K40m outstanding for Hubert Murray Stadium

Funding for the stadium is from a Public Private Partnership of K120 million through the National Government and Curtain Brothers.

Sports Minister Justin Tkachenko said the outstanding K40m is the Government’s component of making sure that stadium is complete.

The Government is now working with different companies to get them to sponsor the finishing product of the stadium under a tax credit scheme.

Tkachenko revealed that the country is going through a tight economic situation and at this point stadiums are not something that is prioritised to be built or funded.

​ K10 million allocated for Sir Hubert Murray Stadium completion

The National Government has allocated K10 million through the PNG sports foundation for the completion of the stadium.

The Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation received K40 million including the consolidated K11m funds as Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch handed down  the Government’s  K12.2 billion 2017 Budget yesterday.

PNG Palais play in selection trials

The game was played as a curtain raiser for the National Rugby Union Championship grand final match between Morobe Hammerheads and the Port Moresby Boromas.

The curtain raiser game saw 40 women put into two teams to play against each other for the selection.

A number of current PNG Palai players including Kymlie Rapilla, Joan Logona and Cassandra Sampson were also part of the teams.

The selected team will prepare for the Women’s World Cup inaugural qualifier against Fiji in November. 

Tkatchenko: New stadiums available to all

Tkatchenko brushed aside recent media reports of the facilities being too expensive and not available for the people to use.

He said PNG is lucky to have these facilities that are for the people, including the grassroots and to ensure that the people have access to these facilities all the time.

“We are building these facilities for our people to use for our local sports so at the end of the day, the facilities are for the people and they will be available for the people at all times,” he said.

Solomon Islands Hunters send out warning to PNG Pukpuks

Solomon Islands have yet to register a win in this tournament having lost to American Samoa and Tahiti.

The Pukpuks are undefeated and on top of the table.

But this doesn’t faze captain, Fredson Soakai who guarantees they will cause an upset this weekend.

Boasting one of the biggest forward packs in the tournament, Soakai says this is where the game will be won.

 “We know what the Pukpuks are capable of. We’ve watched them play and we’ve picked out their weaknesses.

“It won’t be an easy game for PNG. I guarantee you that."