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PNG Sprint Queen Toea Wisil blitzed a striking 11.64 seconds in the women’s 100m heat 2 this morning, PNG time, thus qualifying for the semifinals.


Wisil secured the third spot, with Amy Foster and Australia’s Melissa Breen ahead. Toea’s younger brother Kupun Wisil clocked in 10.86 seconds in the men’s 100m sprint.


Ruwan Gunasinghe was true to his form with a personal best of 11.03, while US-based Adrine Monagi and Helen Philemon ran 12.83 and 13.12 seconds respectively.


In the 400m race, Betty Burua clocked in 55.48 taking the 5th spot while Donna Koniel, who managed to stay within the 1-minute boundary, clocked 58.40 seconds. These were the results of round one of the track events run early this morning, PNG time.





The National Disaster Centre will deploy an official to Southern Highlands Province this week to review the spending of funds allocated for disaster-affected sites.

Last week, the government allocated K5 million to Gulf and Southern Highlands to assist in relief efforts and supplies for victims affected by landslips and inundations.

NDC Acting Executive Director Martin Mose, in a telephone interview today, said the accountability of these funds rests with the Gulf and Southern Highlands Provincial Disaster Centers and must be used to benefit the people affected.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mose said the situation in Aitape is yet to be established. He said the West Sepik Provincial Disaster Centre hasn’t produced an assessment report for NDC to move in with relief efforts.





Vudal University’s Oro campus is set to change. Minister for Higher Education, Research Science and Technology, Delilah Gore, told EM TV that there will be a name change.

This means it will no longer be part of Vudal University but will be known as Eastern Papua University.

Mrs. Gore says a formal announcement will be made tomorrow, when the director for the Office of Higher Education is in the province.

NEC has given its approval for the change. The University will serve students from the Eastern Papua region from Central, Milne Bay, and Oro.






Retired Colonel Robert Dademo has been appointed as the new provincial administrator for Oro Province.


He replaced Owen Awaita today in a formal handover takeover ceremony. Owen Awaita has served as administrator for Oro for 5 years.


Dademo brings a wealth of experience to the job and plans a major restructure in the Oro provincial administration.





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