News Bytes for 8th August, 2014



Decommissioned Petroleum and Energy Minister and parliamentary leader of the United Resources Party, William Duma, is back in cabinet. He was sworn in as a government minister today by the Governor General at government house.


A minor reshuffle of government ministers will take place next week when Duma will take up the role of Transport Minister, while now Transport Minister Malakai Tabar will be the new Minister for Higher Education and Delilah Gore will replace Loujaya Kouza as the Minister for Community Development.


Prime Minister Peter O&rsquO’Neill said Ms Kouza voluntarily stepped down as minister to take up chairmanship of the new Lae City Commission in the interim arrangement.


Prime Minister O&rsquO’Neill welcomed Mr Duma back to the cabinet and thanked him for his loyalty to the coalition government.



“IBS TO HOST Sport DAY”Skola Sengi


The Institute of Business Studies will be hosting their annual Sport fun day tomorrow at the 11 Mile campus just outside of Port Moresby.


With the aim of bringing students and teaching staff outside of the daily academic routine, the Sport fun day allows for both students and staff to socialise. Touch rugby, volleyball, netball and soccer are some of the codes that students and staff will be competing in.

The Sportman and Sportwoman trophy will be awarded to students with outstanding athleticism and displaying of great Sportmanship.



“SALVOS DONATE”Tokana Hasavi


The Port Moresby General Hospital saw the donation of 5 heart reading devices today from the Heart Beat Foundation under the Salvation Army from Cairns, Australia, and the Sir Buri Kidu Foundation.


The oxy-pulse metre, as it’s formally known, will assist the progress of premature babies in the maternity, and special care wards. Alison Geno from the Heart Beat Foundation said it’s a small donation but hopefully it will go a long way in saving lives.


Dame Carol Kidu from Sir Buri Foundation said she delivered her children at POM General Hospital and wanted to give something back to show her gratitude.


POM General Hospital CEO Grant Muddle said the Hospital’s development thrived on partnerships as such. He said the devices will make an impact in the maternity ward’s monitoring process of premature babies.




The destruction of the Hump Core Bridge along the Kimbe-Hoskins Highway in West New Britain Province has been temporarily fixed to allow access.


The temporary access was a joint effort from Governor Sasindran Muthuvel, the West New Britain Provincial Works Department, NBPOL Tax Credit Scheme and SBLC.


Meanwhile WNB Provincial Works Manager, John Sitapai, confirmed that K3.2 million has been allocated for a uni-bridge double lane to replace the long overdue Buluma Ko Bridge.




An international non-government organisation specialising in eye care, Fred Hollows Foundation, is building a new operating theatre in Madang.


The building is dedicated to eye care and will be used by ophthalmologists, otherwise known as eye doctors, for surgery.




The Divine Word University Bougainville’students Association today commemorated the 113th year of Christianity since the first Marist missionaries arrived in Bougainville.


Fathers Eugeniusz Englert and Peter Meyer celebrated the first Holy Mass at Pokpok Island, Kieta, in Central Bougainville.


The spokesperson said “it’s good to commemorate such wonderful events because of the history that hasn’t been known by many.” The Marists were the first missionaries to Papua New Guinea, beginning their journey to Woodlark Island, Milne Bay Province and Siassi Island in Morobe.


The Catholic Church brought in and established the first services even before the formation of the PNG Government in Waigani, and still exists today. 



The Morobe Provincial Government will be allocating K500,000 for by-elections for two LLGs in the Bulolo district. The electoral commission last week asked the Morobe provincial government to fund the Buang and Wau Urban LLG by-elections to which Governor Kelly Naru agreed.


The seats were left vacant after the death of Buang LLG President Sam Sakai in 2013 and the Wau Town Mayor early this year.

"TEAM SEPIK HOCKEY" – Sylvester Gawi

East Sepik province is setting its sights on sending a hockey team to participate in the PNG Games this year. A Men’s  and women’s team from the Angoram Rural Hockey association will be representing the province.


Players were selected through numerous development programs and clinics conducted by the PNG Hockey Federation since 2011 at Kaup village at Marienberg.


The hockey development team has also called on the East Sepik Sport office including the provincial government, to make funds available to prepare their teams for the games.


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