Student dies at hands of thugs

In an unfortunate turn of events last night a final year student of Matec fell victim to thugs yet again.

James Lotu, a second year Building & Construction (Carpentry) student was stabbed by four settlement youths last night in front of the school gate. James is from East New Britain Province and was bound for home, coming Sunday.

27yo Fights Against Odds

The 27-year-old is currently doing his Grade 11 at the Lae Community College.

Being born with profound deafness means that Golmen cannot hear at all; an imposing challenge for a young man who has not given up hope on securing a brighter future for himself and his family.

With the aid of inclusive interpreter, Gabriel Daniel, Golmen shared that after completing primary education at the Markham Road Primary School, he was accepted at the Malahang Technical High School in 2008.

However, he had to withdraw as there was no inclusive education personnel there.

Everyday People: Peter Kinden

I was enrolled in a Business and Accounting diploma program in 2018 and 2019 at International Training Institute (ITI) Port Moresby campus. Due to financial constraints I could not attain my paper.  

I sought employment to support myself, so that I didn’t depend much on my parents and relatives. In 2020 Hawkeye security firm employed me as a security guard.

Hawkeye posted me to the Digicel Office here at Gordons and I’ve been here since. I am grateful for all the challenges that I have faced this year as it makes me appreciate all that I have.

Everyday People: Bowi Amayong

I will be doing my grade nine in 2022.  I am proud of this achievement because it is a success for my family. I am the first born in a family of three and I want to set a good example for my siblings. I dream to one day become a pilot.

It has been a tough year for me because there were disruptions to our lesson schedules due to COVID-19, but I worked hard because I want to continue my studies into High School. I also aim to work hard in my studies in 2022.

Solomons investigating possible Covid-19 case

In a statement, the government confirmed the student was repatriated from the Philippines in September last year, tested positive for Covid-19 in quarantine, before recovering and being released in November after five consecutive negative test results.

The Solomon Star newspaper reported the student spent the Christmas-New Year period in his home village in Malaita Province before falling sick and testing positive for Covid-19 at the Kilufi Provincial Hospital this week.

Gr 2 student allegedly missing

Rihanna Kawage was last seen getting into a vehicle after school.

This information had been posted online with pictures of the elementary student and the registration number of the vehicle that allegedly picked her up.

The online post was put up on Wednesday with the vehicle registration number, claiming Kawage had been pushed into the vehicle, as if forcefully.

This newsroom was at the elementary school yesterday morning and confirmed with both the head and class teachers that the girl had not been to school for two days.

Top students more likely to smoke pot, drink alcohol, study says

Although some people believe smart students simply have a tendency to experiment, James Williams and Gareth Hagger-Johnson, co-authors of the new study, say these patterns of substance use may continue into adulthood.

"Our research provides evidence against the theory that these teens give up as they grow up," said the authors, both affiliated with University College London.

Why young people use alcohol and pot

Student on sex charge allowed bail

The defendant’s lawyers obtained bail from the Waigani District Court today because he was a student and needed to attend classes in his “important year in school”.

He was detained at the Waigani Police cells. Bail was granted to him at K500. His two guarantors will pledge K200 each to ensure he adheres to all his bail conditions.

He has been restrained from contacting the victim, he is not to commit the same offence again while on bail and must remain in NCD until his case is finalised. If he wishes to leave NCD, he is to seek leave of the court.