News Bytes for 2nd July, 2014



Acting Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki has urged everyone to exercise restraint and perform their duties without undue influence. Mr. Vaki’s comMen’s come after the National Court ruling yesterday.

He said he is responsible under Section 198 of the Constitution for the control of the police force as acknowledged by Justice Kariko. He also said that members of the force should not be subjected to directions by persons outside the force.

He further said he will independently assess and analyze the investigations that were carried out because he needed to be briefed to determine whether there was any undue influence on the investigation and the investigators. This, he says, is to ensure the case is watertight and can stand up in court.

He issued instructions yesterday for the case to be referred to the acting ACP crimes, Chief Superintendent, Donald Yomasombi, to further assess and analyze the case.





After a depressing loss on Saturday, the U-14 Coca Cola Binatangs have stepped up their game to earn a convincing win against North Queensland Region Development Team this week 74-36 in the AFL Queensland U-14 Development Championships.

The Binatangs saw some outstanding play in the ruck by Cobert Matemut, along with Kelly Kaugla, creating opportunities to put some points on the board. Peter Meli Jr., displayed some exceptional skills throughout the match.

Binatangs Coach Ben Drew was pleased to see the boys utilize their speed once again on the field in the last quarter to take the match.

The coach, management and team are enthusiastic and hope to keep up their consistent form to conclude the championships.





The liquidation of Lutheran Shipping has affected a significant portion of the Morobe population living along the Morobe coastline and outer islands. People who have benefited from the shipping services say their lives have been largely affected.
The people say there is a high possibility of schools and health centers facing a shortage of school and medical supplies.
People from remote places like Kabwum, who get their school and medical supplies en route the sea, are experiencing an increase in the prices of store goods.
All this comes two months after the council for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea voluntarily made a decision for the company to undergo liquidation.
It is understood that the shipping company owes nearly K10 million to its creditors.




Lae Biscuit Company yesterday registered its name as one of the major sponsors of the 6th PNG Games. The Lae company donated K350, 000 as host province of the PNG games. A significant portion of the contributions, made mostly by business houses, will go towards maintaining sporting venues and facilities.
Meanwhile, with only three months remaining, the PNG Games’ organizing committees hope all work is complete in time before the games begin in November.



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