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News Bytes for 4th July, 2014

“FAILED ATTEMPT TO STOP PM ARREST WARRANT” – Ruth Rungula

 

Another attempt to stop the Prime Minister from being arrested failed – this time by Acting Police Commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki.

 

The Waigani District Court today refused the Police Commissioner’s application to discontinue the warrant of arrest against Prime Minister.

 

Simultaneously, the National Court, presided by Justice Ambeng Kandakasi, adjourned the matter filed by the Police Fraud Squad to Tuesday next week. The matter was to stop Vaki from accessing the investigation files into the Paraka matter.

 

This was to give time to serve the court docuMen’s on the Police Commissioner and the state.

 

In the meantime, status quo remains, with no arrests to be carried out on the Prime Minister until the matter returns to court next week.

 


 

“DIGICEL DOUBLE HEADER”Sylvester Gawi

 

Two Lae-based, franchised teams are keen to maintain their top standings this Sunday in the Digicel Cup double-header matches in Lae.

 

Competition leaders Lae SNAX Tigers is set to take on defending champions Stop n’ Shop Port Moresby Vipers while the Enga Mioks are desperate for a great win over Mendi Muruks.

 


 

“MICAH ON BOOSTING STATE-OWNED BUSINESSES” Edwin Fidelis

 

Minister for State Enterprise Ben Micah announced in Lae today that government-owned businesses will be partnering in business to maintain the existence of state-owned enterprises.

 

Mr. Micah’s comMen’s come after an ailing drop in the performance of the state-owned businesses over the years which led to a significant drop in generating revenue into the government coffers.

 

The state enterprise minister was in Lae today to launch the operation of the Post Logistics, a sister company of the PNG’s state-owned business, Post PNG.

 


 

“BULOLO CLASH WOES”Bethanie Harriman

 

Bulolo District has one of the highest numbersof settlers displaced after ethnic clashes destroyed their homes. The worst off has been the Sepik people who have been living in a poorly sanitized camp for the past four years. 

 

District Administrator Tai Gwembalak has blamed the Morobe Provincial Government for lack of funding and resources.

 

He says while plans have been done to start a resettlement program, no funding has been provided.

 


 

“IOM AND NDC UNITE TO IMPROVE DISASTER MANAGEMENT”Neville Choi

 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and National Disaster Centre (NDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to further improve the effectiveness of preparing for and responding to disasters.

 

The MoU formalized the partnership between the two organizations, strengthening the level of cooperation in dealing with natural disasters.

 

George Gigauri, the IOM PNG Chief of Mission, said “IOM and NDC are already working hand-in-hand on disaster and emergency management and this MoU serves as a symbolic testament to the impact they are producing in the most vulnerable and remote communities of PNG.” 

 


“THE WRATH OF THE FLY RIVER”Tokana Hasavi

 

The wrath of the Fly River in Western Province has brought massive flooding to villages in Purari.

Preliminary reports and images received from InterOil, who has been doing exploration in that area, has confirmed that more than 5 villages are either 50% or 100% inundated.
At present, there are no confirmed reports of casualties, but the information received suggests that it’s highly unlikely.

Member for Kikori, Mark Maipakai, along with representatives from the National Disaster Centre, InterOil and relevant parties, convened in Port Moresby this afternoon to find a collaborative solution for the affected areas and its people.

 


 

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