News Bytes for 12th June, 2014

“LUPARI CLARIFIES” – Bridgette Komatep

Chairman of the Ipatas Foundation, Ambassador Isaac Lupari, has clarified that he has no involvement in the management of the Enga Children’s Fund. Mr. Lupari clarified this following a misunderstanding among the Enga community that he and the Ipatas Foundation were involved.
He told parents and guardians who have concerns over the delay in tuition fees under the Students Financial Assistance Scheme, that they must contact the Ipatas Foundation Office for more information.

Ipatas Foundation submitted a request for the grant in January, but only received the request in May, therefore, all fees will be paid directly to respective colleges and universities. 






The Pacific Media Assistance Scheme Business and Economic Reporting Workshop is underway in Apia, Samoa. The 3-day training workshop is providing a group of Pacific reporters an overview of reporting on business and economic issues in the Pacific region.

Participants will be involved in discussions and topics that include the anatomy of the Pacific economy and their place in the world.

In attendance are reporters from the Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati and Samoa.

Key outcomes of the workshop are to improving understanding of key economics and business issues and understanding the principals of business reporting. The workshop ends tomorrow.




Exxon Mobil, operator of the PNG LNG Project, has helped release a book showcasing the unique culture of Papua New Guinea. The book, titled Kastom Stori-Sen-Gori, features a collection of traditional tales submitted by school children from grades 3 to 12 from schools across the PNG LNG Project area.

Exxon Mobil ran a competition in 2011 where children were encouraged to learn and record their traditional stories from their grandparents and elders.

 The competition was good as it received over 3, 700 pictures and stories and more importantly, the competition helped the children to read, write and learn their traditional stories.



“TRUKAI CELEBRATES” – Bethanie Harriman

Trukai Industries, the country's oldest operating rice company, is aiming to become the country’s premier rice producers. The company’s CEO Greg Worthington says they are expanding outside of Lae’s Erap farm across to West New Britain Province. He said this today at a field day held at Erap farm attended by West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel.



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