News Bytes for 13th August, 2014



Water PNG has announced the temporary shutdown of its water service in Wewak following a recent brutal attack on its business centre manager.


Water PNG’s business centre manager, Danny Seolo, was attacked by intruders at his residence at Brandi Water Treatment Plant in Wewak late last night.


Mr Seolo reportedly sustained multiple stab wounds on his head and all over his body. He was found unconscious and rushed to the Boram Hospital emergency room and Water PNG’says arrangements are being made for him to fly to Paradise Hospital in Port Moresby for further treatment.


Water PNG’s chief executive and managing director, Raka Taviri Jnr, while condemning the malicious attack, announced that Wewak operations may be rationed temporarily until internal administration issues are resolved.





Less than 96 days to the BSP PNG Games, Team Mendi have already named their men’s and women’s rugby 7s team. With their success in the men’s National Provincial 7’s Championships in Port Moresby earlier this year, the code has sparked a following in the province and has also successfully commenced a women’s 7’s competition.


The current PNG Palais train-on squad and the resulting inclusion of Mendi-based Molin Michael is a testament to the growth of rugby union in a region dominated by its’ sister code, rugby league.


The respective men’s and women’s teams will be trimmed down to a 15-man travelling squad in the coming months.





In preparation for the 6th BSP PNG Games, the Team Central taekwondo squad will be announcing their final team on Sunday.


The team will comprise of experienced and current national athletes Anton Aitsi and TherEsa’Tona as respective men’s and women’s coaches. Sisters Faustina and Carolyn Aisi will be sitting out of selections for Team Central to prepare for the grade 10 and 12 national exams.


Nine athletes from the Socay Mixed Martial Arts Club will be showcasing their techniques at the Socay Training Institute at Hohola in Port Moresby on Sunday prior to Team Central’s announcement.





Enga Mioks have booked the second semifinal spot in the Digicel Cup following this afternoon’s victory over the Bitangor Goroka Lahanis. Bitangor Goroka Lahanis were defeated 18 points to 14 by the Mioks in the preliminary finals rematch at the Lae Rugby League ground. 


Mioks forward David Loko starred in this afternoon’s game, setting up much of his team’s point-scoring spree. The Mioks will play the Agmark Rabaul Gurias in Kokopo this weekend while the Lae’sNAX Tigers will host the Kemele Hela Wigmen at the Lae Rugby League ground. Winners of this Sunday’s games will qualify for the 2014 Digicel Cup grand final in Lae.


“SEA CUCUMBER SPAWNS” – Fabian Hakalits


A survey to find out whether the number of sea cucumbers has increased within the waters of North Bougainville has been completed by the Bougainville Fisheries Division. Bougainville’s harvest of beach de mer was banned two years ago.

The survey was conducted on the islands of Nissan, Catrets, Pororan, Taiof, Ton, Saposa ,Teop, and Irue Point in Tinputz. The survey found an increase in the number of sea cucumbers that still lack the size needed to reproduce.

The report is now with the National Fisheries Office in Port Moresby for proper analysing before any decisions to remove the ban on the harvest of these marine products again.




There was excitement in the air when Tura first landed in Enga Province recently. The 2015 Pacific Games mascot was on a mission to deliver the Games message and was surprised to receive hearty cuddles from fans, especially school children.


The students who came to visit Tura were from St Paul’s Lutheran Secondary, Wapenamanda Primary and Enga Teachers College. A delighted Enga Governor Peter Ipatas expressed his gratitude towards the Games campaign and discussed the possibility of setting up live sites in the area.


He is also  looking at  ways to facilitate the Games relay as it goes around the provinces in the three months leading up to the opening ceremony on the 4th of July, 2015.


The visit was part of the mascot’s ‘Country Tour’ to share and build up the Games excitement with the rest of PNG.



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