News Bytes for 19th August, 2014


“RECOUNT MADANG OPEN” by Bridgette Komatep


The Electoral Commission is still awaiting the release of K4.7 million from the Finance & Treasury Departments to conduct the Madang by – election this week.


In a news conference today, Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen together with the Provincial Election Steering Committee discussed all 11 orders issued by the National Court.


It was revealed that the main concerns included the security of the ballot boxes, ballot papers and the counting venue and officials.


Commissioner Trawen said an understanding was reached between the Police Hierarchy in Madang and the National Court Registry.


25 counting officials from Lae have been confirmed to conduct the recount at the same venue at the Jomba YC Hall.


Counting is expected to start on Wednesday this week.





At the 2014 International Cup, with two marginal victories against Japan and India last week, the Mozzies went down to a hungrier South African outfit on the weekend.


Despite the loss, our fourth placed Mozzies, made another semi-final appearance against first place New Zealand today.


By the third quarter, PNG lead at 46, 20 points clear from New Zealand’s 26 points.


Mozzies Top scorer of the tournament thus far, Amua Piraka opened the score line in the fourth quarter to steer PNG in a 25 point lead against New Zealand.


Holding off New Zealand scoreless in the final quarter, our Mosquitos closed the match 75 points to New Zealand’s 28, to book a re-match of last year’s grand finale against Ireland this Saturday, at the infamous home of Aussie Cricket, the Melbourne Cricket Ground.


“HIRI MOALE & VITIS” – by Tokana Hassavi


One of Port Moresby’s biggest cultural events, the Hiri Moale Festival, will be staged next month, during the country’s Independence celebrations.The Festival is a sponsored-driven event with NCDC, the major sponsor, but corporate entities have been encouraged to participate.

Yesterday, a local beverage manufacturing company in Port Moresby, Vitis Industries Limited, came on board with a ten thousand kina sponsorship.

Motu Koita Assembly Chairman, Miria Ikupu, was thankful for the support. He said Vitis Industries’ assistance mixes well with the concept of the festival, as it is a 100% locally-owned company.

Vitis Director, Vicky Mosin said her company will soon be exporting their products overseas, and the sponsorship will also see Vitis products distributed during the festival.



A Papua New Guinean company, Madoka Productions has won the bid to produce the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2015 Pacific Games. This was announced by the Games organizing committee in a statement to the media.


Makoda Productions is led by television personality, Tanya Nugent and specializes in the production of creative services including music, video, television and theatrical and cultural events.


The 2015 Pacific Games will be on a scale never seen since the 1991 games held in the country and these two important ceremonies of the Games looks set to capture the hearts of Papua New Guineans and the region, who will be watching the Games live on television.


The 2015 Pacific Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be held on the 4th and 18th of July 2015, respectively.


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