News Bytes for 22nd August, 2014



The MVIL PNG Mosquitoes are on the verge of creating history as they prepare to take on international rules heavyweights, Ireland, in the final of the International Cup in Sydney, Australia.


After defeating New Zealand in the semi-finals, the team is now fully focused on Saturday’s match against the Irish.


Team Manager Rex Leka stressed that the Mosquitoes will not be taking the game lightly against the Ireland Warriors in a telephone interview from Sydney, Australia today. 





The Commission of Inquiry into payments to lawyers and law firms by state agencies commenced its preliminary hearing today.

The Commission of Inquiry, established by a National Executive Council decision, is headed by retired judge Warwick John Andrews.


Under the chairmanship of Warwick Andrews, the Commission is given a time frame of 3 months to complete this inquiry.


The Commission of Inquiry into payments to lawyers and law firms by state agencies commenced this morning in Port Moresby.



“ANZ ON PNG’S FUTURE”Leanne Jorari


A business breakfast hosted by the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry, alongside the ANZ group, was held this morning at the Crowne Plaza.


The event, heavily attended by Port Moresby’s business professionals, welcomed ANZ group Chief Executive Officer, Mike Smith, as he expressed confidence in PNG’s future and called for more active conversation about the "Asian century".


Addressing some of the country’s major business houses and notable stakeholders in the private sector, ANZ Group CEO, Mike Smith, said he was confident about Papua New Guinea’s future and called for a more active national conversation on how to make the most of the opportunities presented by the Asian century.





Esa’rsquo;ala district in the Milne Bay Province will have its’ only existing rural airstrip opened for service after nearly 25 years of neglect.


This was made known by local MP and Minister for Civil Aviation Davies Steven last week at Esa’rsquo;ala station, saying that in two weeks’ time, the airstrip will be opened for people of the district to access.


Esa’rsquo;Ala district in the Milne Bay Province is mostly accessible by sea and has an approximate population of 50, 000 plus people who rely heavily on this mode of transport.


According to Civil Aviation Minister and local MP Davies Steven, there is only one existing airstrip that will now serve the population, while the two others have been left to deteriorate and are not worthy to utilize.



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