News Bytes for 28th May, 2014

“IDG FUNDS INQUIRY” – Fabian Hakalits

The missing PNG LNG 2011 Infrastructure Development Grant for Central Province has come under spotlight after Governor Hila Hoada refreshed a call for its investigation. The funds were intended to assist landowners with business opportunities but disappeared in the process. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, as treasurer that time, identified the funds and beneficiaries and said investigations will be conducted. 



“LAE LIBRARIES” – Scott Waide


A Papua New Guinean publisher says the poor state of public libraries in Lae and other parts of the country has been a major contributor to the falling standards of education. Feglsy Risabi, from Breadwin publishers, says the issue needs serious consideration from government. Since the 1980s, Papua New Guinea’s public library system has declined to a state where no working libraries exist anymore in provinces.  Last week, EMTV featured a story about the Lae public library that has its books stored in a container.



“ORIGIN FEVER” – Sylvester Gawi


While State of Origin fever might be high in other centers across the country, Lae residents have not shown much interest. Unlike previous years, the blue and maroon colours were only seen on vehicles and PMV buses, setting an unpredictable scene for tonight’s events. From past experiences marriages have been broken, people have been victimized and television sets have been destroyed.



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