News Bytes for 30th July, 2014

“KARI WINS GOLD” – Tere Alex


Champion PNG weightlifter Steven Kari has won gold at the 20th Commonwealth Games.

It is only PNG’s third gold medal win in the history of the Commonwealth Games but Steven Kari has done more with his gold medal lift than placing PNG on the world map.


He has beaten an Australian athlete while doing it. In a display that can only be described as Herculean, Kari lifted 349kg to put himself into contention over Australian lifter, Simplice Ribouem.

Ribouem, who had been leading the competition, was left disappointed after a judges deliberation recognized Kari’s lighter bodyweight when lifting against him.





The Prime Minister, while attending the Pacific Island Forum in Palau, sent a congratulatory message to our gold and silver medal winners at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

 “Let me take this opportunity to congratulate both Dika Toua and Steven Kari for their silver and gold medals [respectively]. A very big congratulations to them both, it is well-deserved for the hard work they have put in in making sure they achieved these results at the highest competition within the Commonwealth nations.

I also want to say on behalf of the country and their many friends and family that we congratulate each and every one of them on their successes and we look forward to receiving them when they come home.”


Heduru Moniplus have renewed their sponsorship with the new kids on the block in the Port Moresby Esiloan AFL Competition: Taurama Suns.


Further strengthening business and community relations with the Defence Force, Heduru Moniplus presented Taurama Suns with K5, 000 this week.


The sponsorship will go a long way in assisting the clubs’ administration, developing the clubs’ discipline and creating a club culture for young and prospective players.


With the financial boost this week, the team will be gearing up to enter round 14 at the Amini Park in Port Moresby this Sunday to take on the infamous Gordons Kokofas to climb up the ladder.



“PNG IN PALAU” – Bernadette Efi


The Papua New Guinean government has once again stepped up to play big brother for the Pacific Island nations with the establishment of the Small Island States Office.


In Palau, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato said the national government has approved K10 million for this initiative.


He said the establishment of the SIS Office will enable small island states to have a presence in Papua New Guinea and to take advantage of emerging economic and trade opportunities precipitated by the LNG project.


The SIS initiative is said to have developed from the Pacific Island Forum in Majuro last year.


This commitment was reaffirmed at the Special PIF Leaders Retreat in Rarotonga, Cook Islands in May 2014.



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