Friday, 19 October 2012

Teachers receive basic computing tuition

Nineteen teachers from the Taraka Primary School in Lae will now be able to use the computer to ease their workload after completing a short course with the APEC Digital Opportunity Centre (ADOC) at the PNG University of Technology last week.
These teachers include Deputy Head Teacher Mr Thomas Keku, two senior teachers, two Senior Subject Masters (SSM) and twelve junior officers who graduated after attending a week-long course on basic computing; including the MS Office suit (MS Word, excel, PowerPoint), computer maintenance and Internet and email basics.
Children from Duna Elementary School, West Taraka in Lae in their
Community Learning Centre (CLC)funded by the Digicel PNG Foundation
ADOC is an initiative of the Taiwanese government with partner centres located in the APEC regions of the world including the Philippines, Mexico, Chile, Russia, Malaysia, Africa, Vietnam and PNG.
The PNG ADOC centre was established at Unitech three years ago for the purpose of training grassroots people in the country who cannot afford to attend other conventional computer courses.
Acting University Librarian Ismael Kavanamur told the participants to use the knowledge and skills they have learnt to do more online researching and effective dialoging on the internet with colleagues from within the country and abroad.
“Your learning is for others, it’s your responsibility to impart your knowledge to others,” he added.
Taraka Primary Deputy Head Teacher Mr Keku thanked Unitech and ADOC for giving him and his colleagues the chance to attend this course.
“I hope the training we received will now ease the workload off my teachers, especially with the tests, assignments and assessment reports for students,” Mr Keku said.
ADOC also donated two sets of computers to the school in which the teachers were grateful for.

Westpac honours PNG women

WESTPAC Bank has accredited six Papua New Guinean women for their exceptional achievement in a number of areas of industry at the 2012 Westpac Women in Business Awards.
The awards were held at Port Moresby’s Gateway Hotel on Wednesday night.
According to Ashleigh Matheson, Managing Director of Westpac PNG, the awards play an important role in helping improve gender equality in PNG by recognising high-achieving women.
“In our country, women, girls and their families face numerous challenges in their pursuit of equal opportunities in education and employment,” he said.
“We know that when women are engaged in the economy, the economy grows, so these exceptional women aren’t just achieving in their own right; they’re helping create a brighter future for our country.”
Ms Susil Nelson, Westpac Business Woman Award
winner for 2012
As with the previous years’ awards, individual category winners automatically qualify as nominees for the overall Westpac Business Woman of the Year award.
However, for the first time, Westpac has also opened the overall winner prize for contest by women who were not selected to win an individual category.
The evening’s biggest accolade went to Susil Nelson, named as Westpac Business Woman of the Year for 2012. Susil was recognised for her contribution to local business through her work with the PNG Sustainable Development Program and as an active member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, focusing on building a strong network for women and supporting educational opportunities for women and girls in PNG.
While accepting her award, Ms Nelson said she believed that anyone with the benefit of an education had a duty of care to educate and inspire others to achieve all they want out of life.
“I also believe we all can be the best at what we are doing,” she said. According to the judging panel, Susil stood out as the overall winner because her qualities touched on a number of categories. Not only has she enjoyed a successful corporate career, but she is also heavily involved in community work; advocating for human rights and coaching and mentoring women.
Five individual sponsored categories were awarded:
The PricewaterhouseCoopers Private & Corporate Sector Award for outstanding achievements by a female manager in the private and corporate sector went to Florence Willie.
As Executive Director of the Employers’ Federation of Papua New Guinea, Florence works tirelessly to ensure a safe and fair working environment for all Papua New Guineans.
The Steamships Public Sector Award for outstanding achievement by a female manager in the public sector who has contributed significantly to the performance of any government service went to Eleina Butuna.
Eleina is a lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea and successfully coordinated funding that led to the development of a state-of-the-art demography lab for the university. Ms Butuna thanked God for the reward saying it was made possible through God.
The SP Brewery Entrepreneur Award for outstanding achievement by a woman with more than 50 percent shareholding in an organisation for innovation in new products and services went to Helam Koaik.
As a secondary school teacher, Helam saw the need to cater to students who did not have access to the formal education system.
This led her to create the Nojanah Integrated School. To date, 80 students from her school have been invited to attend schools to complete grade 11. The Trukai Community Responsibility Award for outstanding achievement by a female manager working in the not-for-profit or non-government organisation sector went to Mary Pohei.
Mary founded Pedih Wane Titpuke H&S Project in 2004 to encourage women to achieve their potential in life and ran literacy and life skills training for women in a number of settlements. She also started the Yumi Lukautim Mosbi Project in 2007, aimed at reducing crime in Port Moresby.
The IBBM Young Achiever’s Award for outstanding achievements by a young woman under 30 in any category went to Naime Tom.
Naime is employed at Kiunga Stevedoring Limited (Steamships Ltd) and was one of the company’s first female forklift operators.
She has been successful in a predominantly male business and aspires to manage one of the Steamships ports and stevedoring operations within the country. When receiving the award she encouraged more young women to take up opportunities in stevedoring.
Karni Liddell, guest speaker at the awards night, is one of Australia’s most successful and well-respected Paralympic swimmers.
Liddell addressed the 300 attendees with an inspiring speech based on her own experience overcoming obstacles to achieve her goals.
Emphasising the importance of self-belief, Ms. Liddell said: “Whilst you have no control over the circumstances in your life, you do have a choice in how you handle the obstacles you face in life.”
Westpac thanked, sponsors PricewaterhouseCoopers, Steam­ships Trading Company, SP Brewery, Trukai Industries and the Institute of Business & Banking Management for commitment to recognise the achievements of PNG women.

Today's Drum Items

No conlict in contracts
Managing Director of Oceanic Construction Sape Molumi says there is no conflict in the awarding of the contracts as per the drum yesterday. He says the contract amount detailed in the drum was incorrect. It’s not K10.8m but K4.1m and that he just received the first payment of K600,000 yesterday, but not cleared. He says he has gained his job and contracts through the right way and procedures.

Mango season is here
IT’S that time of the year again. The mangoes in Port Moresby are is season. For a dry – sometimes wet – capital city with its hot days most times, the juicy, thirst-quenching, belly-filling mangoes about to hit the city’s public markets will be most welcome. It’s also a reminder that Christmas is round the corner. Talking about Christmas, take care and have a peaceful weekend if you are to live to witness your next Christmas.

Coconuts and woconuts
You’ve all heard of brown people who act like white people being called coconuts. In the US they are sometimes called Oreos, a reference to the chocolate cookies with white filling. Well, a mixed group at a restaurant recently wanted to know what a white person who acts like a brown person would be called. A search on the Internet brought up the term Woconut. But we reckon the Drum readers can do better than that. Can you think of anything that’s white on the outside and brown in the centre? Let us know.

Treasurer, do better
THANK you Treasurer Don Polye for speaking on behalf of the majority of us who are hard-hit by the sky-high prices of goods and services throughout the country. So the rate of inflation is down, and you are concerned that this has not been reflected with corresponding decreases in the prices of supermarket and trade store goods. But that is not good enough. As Treasurer, what are you doing about it? Can your government do something? After all, you represent the people. What do you and all the Ministers and MPs sit and talk about in the Big House.

Be aware wine drinkers
BAD news for wine drinkers, with this year’s grape harvests in France and Italy being badly hit by drought, frost and hail. Experts say it is the weakest harvest in half a century, with losses of up to 20 per cent. Looks like we’ll be pointing our wine glasses towards Australia. Someone suggested our wine fanciers in PNG might resort to drinking home brew (steam). Somehow, we think not.


Simbu police upgrade

By Bustin Anzu
THE people in Chimbu Province have witnessed the renovation of their police station and police barracks this week.
The Kundiawa police station and the Egga police barracks at Wara Market, both in the township of Kundiawa, were given a facelift by the office of National Planning and the Simbu provincial government.
People in Chimbu have seen a milestone achievement in the renovation of these two important facilities, which have not seen any changes over the past 30 years.
Assistant commissioner of police for Highlands, Teddy Tei, acknowledged the department of National Planning and the Simbu Provincial Government, for initiating the rennovations
“This is a rare occasion, where we have the police station as well as the police barracks being renovated. We have not, for a long time, seen such assistance, and the official opening of both projects is a huge achievement for the constabulary in the province,” he said in Kundiawa on Wednesday.
He also said that law and order problems are a disease in society and it is not only their (police) efforts that would contain it, but everyone’s and every stakeholder’s efforts and support.
Provincial police commander, Superintendent Augustine Wampe, said that the Kundiawa police station was the face of the police in the province and with the new-look police station, officers will be motivated.
Wampe commended National Planning and former governor, Father John Garia, and Simbu provincial administrator, Joe Kundar, for the great achievement in sponsoring the renovation of the two important police facilities in the province.
“Since our police station and the barracks are renovated, I would like to assure the administrator, Joe Kundar, and the new governor, Noah Kool, that we are ready to provide accommodation for more officers to police the province,” he said.
The opening was witnessed by Simbu governor Noah Kool, vice minister for Agriculture and Member for Nomane Karimui, Mogereima Wei, deputy secretary of National Planning, Joe Kapa, and Simbu administrator, Joe Kundar.
The neighbouring provincial police commanders of Jiwaka, superintendent Simon Niggi, and Eastern Highland, superintendent John Philip Kale, were also invited and were present to witness the facilities.
Supt. Kale, who was the former police chief of Simbu, during whose tenure the proposal was first initiated, thanked National Planning and the Simbu provincial administration for making funds available for the project.
They also witnessed administrator Kundar handing the keys to the facilities to govenor Kool, who in turn handed them to PPC Wampe.
Both projects took approximately four months to complete and each had cost half a million kina each.
The police station was renovated by Verotto Brothers Limited, a local building construction company, while the 40-men barracks was a collective effort that included department of Works, Kundiawa Technical School and Kamanaku United church.

Aust boosts rural health care

Australia is increasing access to better health care for three districts of Madang Province, with the building of three aidposts and staff accommodation for its health workers.
Australia, through the Incentive Fund, provided K1.3m to the Madang Catholic Health Services for the construction of 11 houses and three aidposts in Sumkar, Madang and Bogia.
Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Ian Kemish
being welcomed at the Mugil Health Centre in Madang Province
The funding is part of K5.5 million provided to the Madang CHS under the Rural Health Infrastructure Development Project, to restore effective care delivery in the Middle Ramu, Bogia, Sumkar and Madang districts.
“Collectively, Churches provide half of the country’s health services, especially in rural areas and this project signifies the contribution churches make in improving and increasing access to better health care in rural areas,” said the Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Ian Kemish.
“Once completed the infrastructure will increase the number of people receiving medical treatment within the communities and decrease infant and child mortality rates in the four districts.
There will also be a decrease in the number of women dying in child birth as health workers will be accommodated at the health centre,” said Mr Kemish.
The building infrastructure will also increase community and health worker satisfaction with health services provision.
Since the year 2000, Australia has built about 350 million kina worth of health and education infrastructure in PNG through the Incentive Fund.
“Of the 20 projects that the Incentive Fund supports in this current phase, I am also very pleased to say that seven are within the health sector and 13 are in the Education sector,” said Mr Kemish.
“We are proud that this partnership with PNG has delivered such strong results over a long period for the people of Papua New Guinea.”
The Incentive Fund supports well-managed organisations access funding for innovative projects that have a strong development impact for the people of Papua New Guinea.

The challenger Voyage arrives in Honiara today

The traditional canoe set off from Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Manus province on August 29, with 10 people on board, and landed in Choiseul last week for its first stop.

Climate Challenger under full sail

In Choiseul the group conducted awareness programmes in Nukiki, Wagina and Arnavon before setting sail to Kia and onwards to Buala in Isabel province.

The team departed Buala yesterday for Honiara.

The voyage is plainly to raise awareness on climate change and inspire people on community-based adaptation action including conservation and protection of marine resources.

Under the theme ‘Bridging gaps between the Pacific-connecting countries’ the voyage was an initiative by the people of Manus Islands, inspired by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in PNG and funded for by the Australian Government (Ausaid) program.

Speaking about the voyage, Director of TNC, Solomon Islands, Willie Atu yesterday confirmed the team’s arrival, adding that his office is prepared to welcome them to the shores of Honiara.

“We have had our officers welcomed them in the other two provinces, now that they are coming to the shores of the Capital of Solomon Islands, we are indeed preparing a big welcome for them,” Mr Atu said.

He called on the general public to also welcome the sailors as they arrive on the shores of Honiara.
The Climate Challenger is expected depart during the coming weekend.

The voyage continues from the Solomon Islands to Nauru, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Kosrae, Ponape, Truk Islands, Puluwat, Sorol, Yap, Palau, Au Wuvulu, Ninigo and Hermit Islands before returning to Manus in PNG.

Australian High Commissioner visits Memorial Park

Story and pictures courtesy of DWU Community Information Centre

AUSTRALIA High Commissioner, Ian Kemish today visited the Memorial Park dedicated to the 28 people killed in the Airlines PNG plane crash on 13 October last year.

Mr Kemish and three officers from the High Commission lit candles and placed them on the cenotaph at the Memorial Park at the Divine Word University campus as a mark of respect for the people who lost their lives in PNG’s largest aviation disaster near Madang town.

On Wednesday (17, October, 2012) PNG’s founding father Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare and Lady Veronica visited the Memorial Park and paid their respect.

The Park was opened by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill last Friday (12 October, 2012) on the first anniversary of the tragic accident.

Since the opening students, staff, parents and members of the public have been visiting the Memorial Park and candles have been lit each evening.

The Park was built by the DWU Community with the support of partners in the Madang community.

The DWU Community built the Memorial Park as one community significantly affected by the tragic accident where 11 passengers killed were parents and close relatives of university students.

Ten of the family members were travelling to the annual Missioning Ceremony of final year students that was to be held the next day, Friday 14 October, 2012. Mr Kemish and his staff paid a courtesy call on the President of DWU, Fr Jan Czuba and visited the Memorial Park while in Madang for another event.

The Australian delegation also visited the recently opened DWU student dormitories built by AusAID’s PNG Incentive Fund at the cost of K 8.3 million. Five double-storey dormitories were built from the fund and were opened by head of AusAID in PNG, Stuart Schaefer on Saturday 28 September, 2012. 

Goroka School goes online with internet library

Having access to quality education is one of the main drivers for nation building and with that in focus Telikom Foundation Inc. (TFI) continues to maintain its commitment to add value to schools through its CleanIT solution.

Goroka Secondary School in the Eastern Highlands Province is the second recipient in the region of TFI’s CleanIT program after Mt. Hagen Secondary School got hooked up to the website two weeks ago.

Goroka Secondary School Grade 11 student, Fhapave Hamen
surfs through the CleanIT website
The CleanIT website which provides internet access to only educational websites such as Wikipedia and Britannica and others was installed at the school’s computer lab and administration block last Friday via Telikom PNG’s VLAN link.

Deputy Principal - Administration, John Onga in commending TFI’s assistance said the CleanIT solution had been an agenda for the school for the past two (2) years and the realization of the CleanIT connection was an achievement for the school.

“This internet online library will now take the burden off students and teachers going to libraries outside of the school premises to do research and also the buying of text books which are very costly for schools. With access to the CleanIT internet library, the students will now have access to world class online educational material. ” Onga said.

He also added that Goroka Secondary School was the second largest school in the region with more than 1500 students from all over the country and TFI was not only adding value to students of the Eastern Highlands province but the was helping children from all parts of the country.

CEO for Telikom Foundation Brian Sam said the Foundation’s aim is to give hope and transform the lives of the children in Papua New Guinea.

The Foundation will work in partnership with schools that have the facilities to enable online learning and teaching materials for students and teachers.

“The advantage of using ‘clean internet’ solution is that students are allowed to only access educational websites only. Other social media or internet websites are restricted.” Sam said.

On top of the installation of the CleanIT website, K1000 worth of prepaid credits were uploaded on the school’s account and a printer and other items were also donated to the

Juffa Questions Presence of Indonesian Fugitive

Commentary by Gary Juffa
The continued presence in Papua New Guinea of Djoko TJANDRA, international fugitive, wanted for fraud by Indonesian authorities and Interpol raises serious concerns about whether or not the Government is truly interested in fighting corruption.
Djoko TJANDRA'S citizenship was granted under suspicious circumstances without the Citizenship Committee having ever convened to consider his application. In fact, it was the whim and will of one single parliamentarian on the basis that he was "a major investor".
Oro Governor Gary Juffa
The message we can deduce is that anyone with a bag of money deemed sufficient as "investment" can and will be granted citizenship.
It should concern Papua New Guineans that Djoko TJANDRA is the same driving force behind the NAIMA RICE PROJECT which is about to be endorsed and approved by the NEC according to reliable sources.
This project seeks exclusive rights for a foreign owned company to commercialize rice, that is, the cultivation and trade, sale and distribution of rice in Papua New Guinea.
This would mean that no other entity - even Papua New Guinean - can cultivate rice for the purpose of trade in Papua New Guinea.
The trend of politicians to enter parliament and immediately ignore the very reasons for which they stood, to represent and protect PNG interests, continues.
It is rather sad that our parliamentarians are enthusiastic to marginalize our own people, to relegate them to being spectators on their own land, to stand on the outside, looking in, begging bowl in hand and evaporated dreams and aspirations. I have spoken up about this and against this but to no avail.
Even the media seems to be controlled by powerful corporate and government forces with no effort given to publish such stories which should concern Papua New Guineans.
Sadly, the sale of our nation continues, the pimping of our future by those elected to protect our interests....Djoko TJANDRA is wanted by Interpol, Indonesian authorities for allegedly stealing substantial monies, monies that he may now be investing in PNG, for that, we have granted him citizenship and opened our doors.
Politicians and bureaucrats gleefully traverse PNG and the region in his private jet, wine and dine and plot the sale of PNG.

*Gary Juffa is the Regional Member for Oro Province and parliamentary leader for the People's Movement for Change party.

A tribute to my dad, the Rev Martin Luther Wayne

By Ganjiki D Wayne

To mark the occasion of my recent wedding, I give this tribute to my dad. I write it as a lesson to fellow preachers' kids, and to any kid who wishes to honour their fathers whilst they live...whilst we all live.

I love funerals, but i also hate them. I love funerals because you get to see the life of the departed through the eyes of people who knew them differently. And you can learn a lot of life's lessons from the words shared.
Ganjiki D Wayne and wife Roseanne

But I hate funerals for the same reason: those words. Because the one person who needed to hear those words can no longer hear them. Those words are of no benefit to him. He may have died thinking no one appreciated him.

I intend not to let my father leave this earth without knowing how much he is appreciated, by me at least. And so with these words, I pay him tribute whilst he lives.

This will not compare to the grand applause he will receive when he enters his eternal home. And my highest opinion, as his son, cannot compare to the opinion of his Maker and heavenly Father.

But that same heavenly Father demands that we, the earthly children of our earthly parents, honour them sincerely. And so with these few words I attempt to honour my dad.
My dad, Rev Martin Wayne (seen here with my mum Patenama on their own wedding day), is a simple man. He is as simple as simple can get.

Dad isn't earthly rich. He has hardly owned a brand new car. He's got no permanent house. Nor some small business to sustain him and his family.
His wardrobe is rather small. He's got no financial security. His bank account hardly exceeds four figures on any month.

Yet I can't recall any day being with dad that he would not utter the words, "Thank you, Lord." He knew he had more than enough. He was content.
Rev Martin Luther Wayne and wife Patenama
How did he sustain his family all these years? Pure faith and God's amazing Grace.

Dad didn't live in this world. So he didn't have a care for the things of this world, except his family. And the souls of every man, woman and child.

Dad lived in a place where souls mattered most.

Ever since he received God's call to serve, dad has never taken a step back. Whether he did it officially as a serving missionary and minister of the Word or as an unemployed house-husband, he would diligently seek ways to serve his master.

Dad has taught countless young people in Religious Education. He loves doing it. We can never know what impact he has had on this nation through his ministry.

We don't know how many hours he has spent talking to young people, sowing seeds of hope and faith in their souls.

Countless hours he spends counselling people who are humble enough to seek his help. Countless hours spent preparing and delivering sermons. Now he serves that Master in a time that people who have not heard God's call as clearly as he has, think they can serve better than pastors like him.
We don't know exactly how much fruit has been harvested from the seeds he's sown. But I know that at least the One Person whose opinion does matter knows exactly what impact dad has made in this world. And it's more than all our earthly awards can measure.

In our pursuit of the valuable things in this world we may not have noticed that the truly wealthy men of our times are those who walk on their feet, carrying a back pack, have little in their bank accounts.

Those who fight for the Lord armed with nothing but a helmet of salvation, a belt of truth, a breastplate of righteousness, and the sword of the Spirit. People like my dad.

They wake at 4:30am every day to talk with the one friend they have that's always faithful. They probably tell Him that they're lonely. That they're discouraged because the world doesn't seem to appreciate them, and they can't see themselves being productive for the kingdom.

That they're tempted to leave the service so they can earn some money finally, and give their kids a life.

Men like my dad.

Who attend one-man prayer-meetings. Men who preach God's Word every week. Feeding a flock that forgets to say grace. He serves tea and coffee like it was the highest call of man. And he walks the streets praying for the lost souls that pass by. And it seems God decided to remove dad's capacity to hate, and anger and to hold a grudge against any person.

I watched my dad work beside mum. I watched him do the dishes, cook the meals, do the laundry, sweep the floor, iron the clothes and fold them, even attempting to dig a garden despite his bad back.

Once when we needed a home he walked the city of Lae on foot looking for accommodation that his meagre savings could afford. He even scaled a fence because his legs were too tired to walk around the university campus.
I watched him faithfully and patiently serve his wife, my mum, with so much love. He would brave the Highlands Highway every week to be with mum when their respective jobs separated them.

Then he resigned because he'd rather be with mum than earn extra money for the family. Dad didn't have all the money to give his kids everything. But he had all the time to give his kids all the attention they needed.

Mum and dad worked as a great tag-team wrestling team. Because they had a great Coach in the Christ they believed in.

Dad taught me to love my woman, the way he loves his. He taught me to love my family, the way he loves his. He's exemplified humility and meekness such that I can't help but marvel at his inability to think of himself highly.

I know not of any man other than dad, who entitled to say what the apostle Paul said, "Imitate me, as I imitate Christ." But dad would never say it because his humility would not allow it. But also because he doesn't think that he imitates Christ well.

Dad may never get extra letters after his name. No earthly award may be given him. No paper would run an article on men such as him. He is unsung.

They won't give him a second glance on the street, because he has no fame. If he passes away they'll be no state funeral, no 21-gun salute, no full-page condolence message in the papers.

If Heaven had a newspaper, it would be front-page! The headline would most likely read: "A general is coming home!" Heaven throw a massive party and sing for joy. The angels would lead him to his mansion.

And it would be a million times bigger than the castles and palaces of the kings of this earth.

Dad would finally be served his favourite coffee in a golden mug with the inscribed words, "Good and Faithful Servant". His Lord would most likely visit him every day and they'd look back on his life. And His Lord would tell him,

"Well done, well done!"

I hope I have enough words to pay dad the tribute he deserves. But I am a fallible man. One day dad will hear God's perfect opinion...and it will suffice.
I hope I can be at least half the husband to my wife that dad has been to mum.

And to be half the father to my children (God willing), that dad has been to my siblings and I.

And I hope I can find the strength to serve the Lord, as faithfully as dad has served Him.

I can be half the man my dad is, I will have done fine.

Thanks dad, for representing God so well.

Love, Ganjiki

PNG cricketers shine

The Papua New Guinean cricket players on scholarship have made it two wins out of two after another comprehensive victory against the East Asia Pacific side.
EAP captain Joe Rika (Fiji) won the toss and elected to bat on another fine day at Runaway Bay Cricket Club’s home ground.
Once again the new ball pairing of Toua Tom and Norman Vanua set the tone for the innings as their accurate bowling proved to be a handful as they ripped through the EAP top order.
Tom and Vanua continued their impressive run with the ball as they finished with very impressive figures 2/8 (6 overs) and 1/8 (6 overs) respectively.
PNG crickerters celebrate a wicket at a recent ODI match
Skipper Chris Amini chipped in with 2/18 (6 overs) and had great support from spinners Jason Kila 1/24 (10 overs) and Tony Ura 3/22 (5.1 overs) as they cleaned up the rest of the EAP batsman for 129 after 44.1 overs.
Things could have been worse for the EAP side if it weren’t for Vanuatu skipper, Andrew Mansale who scored an amazing 90 (107 balls).

Mansale looked comfortable against the disciplined PNG attack to lead from the front to help EAP get to 129.
With a below-par score to defend, the key for EAP bowlers was to get early wickets.
They did that thanks to in-form young PNG left-arm bowler, Kabua Vagi Morea who bowled an impressive 10 straight overs to finish with outstanding figures of 2/13 off his 10 overs.
His two wickets included Sese Bau (4) and the dangerous Tony Ura (5) in the first couple overs where PNG were in trouble at 2/17.
However, skipper Chris Amini (25) and Assad Vala (62) weathered the storm and then build a solid partnership to help them race to 90 before Amini was caught at mid-off.
Vala then followed suit for a well-made 62, but by then the damage had already been done. Lega Siaka (13) and Jason Kila (10) then finished proceedings to hand PNG another comfortable victory by six wickets after 36.4 overs.
The EAP and PNG men will have a training session tomorrow morning with former England International, Graeme Hick.PNG play EAP today.

Well done - UOG management

Commentary by Jack Atte Kapa

I AM happy to say that since 2012 was declared the year of transformation for the University of Goroka, the transition part of it, as we see it today, evolved from the hard work of UOG has grown in leaps and bounds.
Yet no matter how reflective we feel about ourselves as a higher learning institution in the highlands of PNG, we now can see the colour, the fruit of the transformation.
It does not matter where the top management team live or work or how abundant the resources are, they were committed and responsible for the environment around us.
University of Goroka's Dr Mark Solon Auditorium
These great leaders with little they knew then, had a vision for the students and the country.
They had some still big hearts for this country and more specifically the up and coming workforce and leaders of tomorrow.
Their decisions were made by their heart’s desire to direct this university for a better future and for their people to prosper.
Over these years, you have shaped UOG through sound policies of your successful achievement we see today.
For me it was the most exciting and enriching years of my life to have come to this University to study.
There are things that stand out clearly and vividly in my mind in studying and I hope we all have a bright future ahead of us.
I think this is some kind of record and hope other universities and learning institutions will take time to study UOG’s policy and take a similar approach. Quality education requires us all to work together and share resources.
The Government, business houses and providers of education - and end users - have to make the commitment to ensure this institution of learning is well-resourced because such governments will see this as an investment in our present and future generations.
We are fortunate to have a government who is very committed in investing in the education of this country because PNG’s future depends on the wellbeing of its citizens.

Arore’s Open Uni idea can wait

Commentary by Dr Orovu Sepoe in Canberra

MINISTER for Higher Education, David Arore’s public statement on establishing an Open University flies in the face of some sound recommendations made by the “PNG Universities Review” done by Professor Ross Garnaut and Sir Rabbie Namaliu in 2011.
I have purposely selected the following two extracts from the Executive Summary of the Review report to argue that the conditions in PNG’s higher education sector at present are not suitable to warrant establishing an Open University.
Page 1 of the Review states;
“Expansion of universities is desirable, since Papua New Guinea is desperately short of skills for development but poor quality expansion is unaffordable.
Rehabilitating, or replacing, run-down existing assets, and restoration of quality, should precede any investment in expansion.”
Page 4 of the Review states:
“It is not desirable in the period of recovery of quality to create any separate institutions for distance learning. The decision of the Papua New Guinea Government to create an Open University should not be implemented for the time being.”
I support this advice.
The idea of establishing a national Open University is downright fanciful and simply ignorant of the debilitating state of affairs in most institutions of higher education in PNG. Before even contemplating the establishment of a national Open University, has the Minister taken the time to visit, in particular all government funded Universities and get some firsthand insight and information about their situations, with regard to infrastructure, delivery of services in research and teaching, governance and management? Has the Minister consulted with students, the University Councils and the respective University managements to establish some concrete facts about the prevailing situations regarding learning and research, or to understand their needs and priorities?
The Government of PNG should be more concerned with lifting standards before considering expanding opportunities for higher education. Quality before quantity should be the rule of thumb for higher education reforms, at least in the foreseeable future.
The bulk of school leavers will eventually end up living in rural areas. Hence, PNG should invest more in technical and vocational schools to absorb students leaving studies at Grade 10 and 12 levels, with a view to facilitating improvement in rural livelihoods. Education for rural development and poverty alleviation is what PNG needs most.
Minister Arore should therefore concentrate his efforts in ensuring that all existing Universities are running effectively and efficiently, with the government ensuring adequate resources for improving learning and research facilities, improving staff remuneration etc.
*Dr Orovu Sepoe is a lecturer in Political Science from the University of Papua New Guinea

InterOil Staff Clean up

InterOil has partnered with other organizations to clean up the Papuan coastline through its Clean Coast Challenge initiative in Port Moresby and surrounding villages.

Pictured are InterOil and its Clean Coast partners cleaning up debris that have floated ashore at Napa Napa beach from nearby villages on the weekend.

Words and picture: InterOil Corporate Communications.

PM’s advice on Autonomous Bougainville Government

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has called for prudent management of funds allocated by the National Government to the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG).

As part of his opening address to the Joint Supervisory Body meeting in Kokopo earlier this week, Mr O’Neill said he was pleased to note that the first batch of the K100 million earmarked for the ABG had been released to Bougainville authorities.

Mr O’Neill stated that it was important for the ABG to ensure that “relevant PIP expenditure guidelines are followed including compliance with approved 2012 Development Budget books”.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill being welcomed
by Tolai Tumbuans upon arrival in Kokopo, East New Britain Province
“Transparency and accountability are very important principles we need to adhere to for they will increase the level of trust and confidence our people on Bougainville will have on us”, Mr O’Neill said.

He also called for a concerted effort from national and Bougainville authorities in the implementation of programs approved under the funding to ensure that the “people of Bougainville feel and see developments in their lives”.

The Prime Minister further also spoke the need for a review of autonomy arrangements. He said that this needed to be expedited to ensure compliance with constitutional requirements. The review is critical for autonomy arrangements and preparations for Referendum in 2015.

Mr O’Neill further called for the strengthening of Bougainville’s public service machinery. He said that a strengthened public service, along with an effective “information dissemination drive” is crucial to seeing effective service delivery and implementation of other government programs.

He also encouraged leaders to establish reconciliation and trust among the people of Bougainville. He said weapons disposal and other development programs in the region hinges on the confidence the people of Bougainville will have in the ABG and the national government.

“We need to build bridges among our communities so to speak and give them the opportunity to communicate with one another and rediscover their potential.

“I believe this is the most plausible way forward to extending the reach and legitimacy of the ABG Government”, Mr O’Neill said.

The Prime Minster reassured the JSB meeting of the national government’s commitment to supporting the Bougainville government.

ANZ supports ‘Pinktobers’ breast cancer awareness

ANZ Papua New Guinea is partnering with the Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society Inc. to raise money in support of “Pinktober”, breast cancer awareness month, through a number of staff events.

ANZ CEO PNG Mark Baker said: “Breast cancer is a significant issue for women in Papua New Guinea and through our ‘Banking on Women’ program we are pleased to be partnering with the Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society to support this very important cause.

“We are holding a number of events throughout the month for our staff, including ‘Pink Fridays’ in the month of October where staff will wear pink clothing to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise funds for the treatment of breast cancer.

“Staff will also be supporting ‘Pinktober’ by purchasing pink ribbons and pins in all our branches throughout the country and in our Head Office.

“We will also be matching dollar for dollar all money that is collected through our branches and from staff events to donate to the Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society,” Mr Baker said.

ANZ’s Banking on Women program aims to provide ongoing opportunities such as mentoring and career development programs for ANZ women to build and foster relationships with women clients in comfortable, fun and engaging forums tailored to the interest of women in business and leadership, and to promote ANZ as “partner of choice” for women.

ANZ commenced operations in Papua New Guinea in 1910 and has 14 branches, 65 ATMs, over 1200 EFTPOS terminals and over 590 staff.

Group to promote culture

By Franco Nebas

A group of 30 women, including two girls will travel to Townsville, Australia on Friday to promote Papua New Guinea culture.

The KAYA Women’s Culture Group comprised of mothers living in and around Lae engaged to promote culture including arts and crafts overseas.
The group was established in 1995 by Evangelical Lutheran Church mothers and other major denominations mainly to bring women in the city together and promote culture, and expose talents of women in arts and crafts.
Since the establisment of the group, many trips have been made to Australia, especially to Melbourne.
It's sort of an ongoing program between the two cities where women group gathered together, shared and exchange culture as well promoting,” group co-ordinator Mrs Anita Bamiringnuc said.
Mrs Bamiringnuc said the program was succesful since established in 1995 until the death of late ELC PNG Head Bishop Rev Wesley Kigasung 2009/10, when the group mourns the death of the Bishop with the program abounded.

However the group was revived this year to continue the program.

"This year, we will visit Townsville where we are invited to witness and participate with the Townsville Papua New Guinea community to celebrate the country’s 37th Independence annivesary.
The celebration was deferred to October 26 -28, in-coincide with the launching of Townsville/PNG Wantok Association,” Mrs Bamiringnuc said.
She added the trip this year would also see the group taking parts in different activities such as visiting disable homes, churches and chereles homes.

“We will not only be there to promote our culture but also involve with other activities,” she said.
Despite the short notice of the trip, each member of the group chipped in K3000 to purchase the airline tickets and transportation while in Townsville.

Mrs Bamiringnuc further thanked the office Morobe Governor Kelly Naru to stepped in and assist the group with K20,000.
She also thanked Lae – based businessman Ben Woo who also assisted the group with K5000 and PNG Media Limited Philip Sapu with K1000.

“Without your support, the trip will not be eventuated, I would like to thank you all for the assistance despite the short notice,” she said.
Mrs Bamiringnuc said the group still need more monies during their two week stay in Townsville and apeal to any individual or group that willing to help can contact her on 725 01807 or funds can be deposited into KAYA women’s Cultural Group account at BSP Lae – 1008 248310.