EU Deal Finally Signed

The Financial Agreement on the European Union funding of K340 million kina for the Support to Rural Entrepreneurship, Investment and Trade Project or STREIT Program has been signed in Port Moresby today.   The funding is for agricultural activities specifically to assist Cocoa and Vanilla growers including Fisheries project in East Sepik, two districts of West Sepik, Madang and Milne Bay provinces.    

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Laloki Psychiatric Hospital Shuts Down Operations Due to Reported Hepatitis Cases

The Laloki Psychiatric Hospital this morning shut down its operations, following news of the confirmed 11 hepatitis A cases reported at the hospital. Over 120 mentally ill patients were sent back to their families and hospital staff announced it will not be taking new admissions. Much of the blame has been levelled against the continuous use of bore water at health facility.

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Police Report an Increase in Missing Persons

Police have received an increase in missing persons reports, filed between 23rd March and April 4th. So far five separate cases have been reported of missing persons from children as young as 6 years old to 48 years old.The missing person’s reports in Port Moresby have recorded at least 10 cases in the last two weeks. Based on data and statistics collected by EMTV News this week, the youngest person reported missing is 6 year old Fermin Junior from Southern Highlands province. He was last seen at Tokarara on March 30th and has been missing since.

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Customary Landowners Dispute Eviction Notice

Customary landowners of two Motu Koitabuan villages are surprised they have been served a notice to evict their traditional land. An eviction notice, served this morning, gave the landowners 14 days to remove their houses and vacate the land. But the landowners had refused to sign the documents, saying they are settling on customary land, and the National Lands Department has not consulted them about the eviction.

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