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“Judge Calls Witness” – Fabian Hakalits


In Madang…Five witnesses have been called on by the National Court, to give evidence based on a petition filed by businessman Peter Yama, in December last year.


The first witness, Adolf Duangha, the Returning Officer for Madang Open, appeared today before presiding judge, Justice Sir Bernard Sakora. The petition relates to claimed irregularities in the 2013 by-election.


“HIV AIDS Panel” – Tokana Hassavi


The International AIDS Conference 2014 will end tomorrow in Melbourne, Australia. The week-long conference saw close to fifteen thousand participants from two hundred nations, including Papua New Guinea, converge for dialogues on the current global HIV epidemic and how the Public-Private Partnership can be an effective model in the fight against HIV/AIDS.


Popular musician Pati Potts Doi was part of the Oil Search delegation from PNG; he warmed the crowd in Melbourne’s cold weather with his performance. In a panel discussion, Managing Director Peter Botten talked about what the company is doing in PNG.

“Jiwaka TVET Students” – Michele Amba

Jiwaka Province is sending the largest number of students for this round of Technical Vocational Educational Training program, in Australia. This is under the Office of Higher Education’s on going TVET program.


Last night the group met with their governor Dr. William Tongamp and provincial administrator, Michael Wandil. These 16 are part of the 200 that will be leaving the country this weekend.


The provincial government will assist by paying 80 thousand kina as pocket money during their training. Ten thousand kina was made available last night as spending money for the students.

“Rundown health facilities” – Quinton Alomp             

The Raikarawa Memorial rural health center in Kupiano, Abau District, Central Province, is in dire need of renovation. The physical state of the health center is deteriorating, with termite-infested walls and leaking roofs during rainy season.

Mothers give birth in harsh conditions, as the few beds available are without mattresses and proper delivery materials.


Nursing staffs described the state of the center as rundown and says it needs immediate renovation, through counterpart funding from the government. The officer said despite the poor infrastructure; at least they provide health service to more than Five thousand people in Kupiano station and its surrounding villages.

“Commonwealth Games OC” – Tere Alex


It was a colorful opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland this morning at 6am PNG Time. Team PNG looked stunning as they marched into the stadium led by Steven Kari and followed closely by the Chef de mission Emma Waiwai.


Kari, our possible medal contender proudly flew the PNG Flag ahead of the 138 contingent. 71 commonwealth nations are participating in the games. Among the Team, was Ryan Pini our Commonwealth gold medalist. He will not be competing however as the assistant coach.

EMTV will replay the opening ceremony at 9:30 tonight followed by the events after the National EMTV News replay starting tonight.


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