News Bytes for 31st July, 2014

“TURBINE FOR LAE” – Bethanie Harriman


State Owned Enterprise Minister Ben Micah has made it known that the K50 million turbine bought from Israel will supply power for Lae.

He says the turbine will supply extra megawatts for the city, as well as power the multi-million kina tidal basin once completed.


It comes after mounting pressure from residents and business houses focused on PNG Power to fix Lae's chronic blackout problems.





After putting PNG on the map in kickboxing, PNG Kickboxing Association, Stanley Nandex is enthusiastic the code is growing in the country, with a total 19 provinces to take part in this year’s PNG Games in Lae.


Port Moresby, Lae, Wewak and Chimbu provinces are expected to make the medal contention tough in the Games this November.


PNG Kickboxing Association President Stanley Nandex remains enthusiastic in fights leading up to the 2015 Pacific Games.





Water and power supply in the nation’s capital and Central Province are under threat. PNG Power is strongly urging electricity and water consumers to keep practicing power and water saving methods due to continuous low water levels at Sirinumu dam.


In a media release today, PNG Power warned that more water and electricity used will drastically drain water from the dam.


The volume of water at dam level is 167 million cubic meters, which is 49 per cent of the spill level; the dam has been designed to hold 340 million cubic meters of water.


PNG Power said with the low water levels, they will cut down on generation capacity to Port Moresby and Central Province.


The National Weather Office has advised PNG Power that this has been caused by the El Nino type of weather pattern.


“REUNITED” – Mickey Kavera


Captain Fred Martens was finally reunited with his two boys this afternoon. It was a reunion that has taken five weeks of custody battle with the boys’ guardian, Miti Katu.


All parties in the case agreed in a mediation to return the boys to Captain Martens. Mr Martens thanked the police officers for their continued support in getting the boys back. The boys will remain in the country and will return to school tomorrow.





The 34th Senior Officers Conference is currently underway in Mt Hagen, Western Highland Province. The conference is focused on quality teaching and learning to make a difference in schools.


Secretary for Education, Dr Michael Tapo, emphasized the need for quality education. The implementation of the tuition-free education is a way forward in ensuring students receive the education they deserve.



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