Lands dept staff stand against violence

They joined thousands of advocates across the country who have been campaigning for the government to impose tougher penalties as justice for perpetrators of violence.

Minister John Rosso, who joined his staff, said: “We cannot stand and watch as violence unfolds in front of our eyes; we have to speak up and stop it.”

The local MP for Lae, who is the Morobe Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC) Patron, reiterated the government’s stance against all forms of violence, urging staff to speak out and report to police and authorities.

Koiari player injured by rival supporters

Played at the Murray Barracks Oval on Sunday, the competition had to be called off after supporters ran onto the field and attacked players.

The first match flowed smoothly as the Koiari team went against Aroma Coast in the Under 20 divisions, where the Koiari side lost hope when Team Aroma claimed the title with a 10-8 scoreline.

However, in the A Grade Match between the Koiaris and the Goilalas, the match had to be cut short when disgruntled rival supporters took to the field and attacked the other team’s players.

Hong Kong protest march descends into violence

Police used water cannon, tear gas and truncheons, reportedly removing masks from demonstrators they arrested, and a number of people were injured.

Tens of thousands of protesters had turned out in the rain, spurred to act by a ban on wearing masks at rallies.

The controversial ban was upheld by the High Court on Sunday.

It was introduced by chief executive Carrie Lam who invoked powers dating back to colonial rule by the British.

High levels of violence against children revealed

Launched locally at a high-profile event in Port Moresby, the ‘Unseen and Unsafe: Underinvestment in Ending Violence Against Children in the Pacific and Timor-Leste’ report shows that over 70 percent or 4 million children across eight countries experience violent discipline at home, including 2.8 million (75 percent of the child population) in Papua New Guinea.

Workshop on response to violence

Melissa Alvarado, Regional representative of UN Women, said Papua New Guinea becomes the 10th country to hold a multi-sectoral meeting to discuss multi-sectoral services in responding to violence against women and girls in Papua New Guinea.

She said statistics has it that at least one in three girls in PNG experience violence of some form daily.

To take the workshop forward, important objectives were presented as follows:


SDA church speaks out against violence

Leader of the church in Papua New Guinea, Pastor Kepsie Elodo, made the call in light of increasing media reports of violence against women and children, especially girls.

“We, the Seventh-Day Adventist church, speak up and join with others to bring an end to violence against women and girls,” Pr Elodo said.

He added that global statistics indicated that in all societies, women and girls were more frequently the victims of violence.

Governor pledges to eliminate violence

This is part of Governor Parkop’s six-point strategic action plan for NCD, which includes upgrading of settlements to suburbs, modernisation of Motu Koita villages, the improvement of health and education, a clean and healthy city and the improvements of suburbs to include affordable housing and access to basic amenities such as water and electricity.

Policeman dismissed over alleged wife bashing

The policeman, Constable Andy Kaivi, was arrested and charged under Section 20 of the Family Protection Act after his wife, who is also a policewoman, reported that he had been constantly harassing, abusing, threatening and assaulting her.

Kaivi was alleged to have assaulted his wife on December 7 last year at about 7am at the Red Sea Police barracks at Bomana.

Police allege Kaivi, aged 34 from Wosera-Gawi, East Sepik Province, committed this offence whilst he was under the influence of alcohol.

Children get traumatised in violent homes: Magistrate

Senior Magistrate, Albert Daniels, said: “If you are a dad, I want you to know that if your daughter has seen you violently behaving towards her mum, she doesn’t trust you anymore to look after her.

“If your son has seen you violent towards his mum, he has experienced trauma too, it will show when he grows into an adult and follows your example. So think about how your actions today will affect the future,” he said.

Former MP blamed for Gembogl violence

Disgruntled elements damaged properties during an electorate wide peace reconciliation program.

Chairman William Gogl Onguglo claims the destruction was carried out by supporters of the former Member for Kundiawa-Gembogl.

“What was more irresponsible was the burning of public properties, paid for by public funds for the people of the electorate.