PNG Hunters set for Round 9 clash against Redcliffe Dolphins

Posted by PNG Today | April 29, 2016 | Posted in ,

The Papua New Guinea SP Hunters are set for Round 9 of the Intrust Super Cup match against second placed Redcliffe Dolphins. The game will be play at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Sunday afternoon. A crowd of well over 10 000 is expected to turn up to watch the Hunters battle with the Dolphins. 

Despite having 10 players from  the Hunters side named to play for Papua New Guinea next week;s Pacific Test against Fiji Batis,  Hunters coach Michael Marum,, is expecting nothing more than  100 per cent from his charges.

The Hunters will be looking to amend their close lose to Burleigh Bears 20 -18 last week and come up with a win this time. 

“It’s an important game for us. We’ll have the bye after that but a good number of the players will be involved in the Pacific Test against Fiji so we want to get this win out of the way first,”  Coach Michael Marum  told the media.

“I want all the guys to give their best for this game. 
“Everyone should give 100 per cent even if they’ve been named in the Kumuls team. 
“It makes no difference.
“We have to win this match to stay in touch with the top sides.”
The Hunters are in third place on the Q-Cup standings but a win, as well as one by competition leaders Townsville Blackhawks over the Bears, would see them regain second place.

The Dolphins beat the Easts Tigers 28-26 last round. The Dolphins are coming with NRL experienced players in the likes of  fullback Luke Capewell, centre Aaron Whitchurch and bench forward Anthony Cherrington.

For the home side, Timothy Lomai, who played well in the loss the Bears scoring a try and pulling of some great covering tackles in inside runners, has been named in the second-row while Enock Maki finds a spot on the bench with Marum opting for size and power up front while Kumul winger Stargroth Amean is the 18th man.

Thetwo teams are playing for the Stan Joyce Cup in honour of the Hunters’ first Q-Cup match which was against the Dolphins in 2014.

The match kicks off at 3pm with tickets being sold at all Big Rooster outlets in the city. The match will be broadcast live on TV WAN Rugby.

SP PNG Hunters: 1. Adex Wera 2. Bland Abavu 3. Noel Zeming (c) 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Justin Olam 6. Ase Boas 7. Watson Boas 8. Esau Siune 9. Wartovo Puara Jr 10. Henry Wan 11. Timothy Lomai  12. Adam Korave (c) 13. Brandy Peter; Reserves: 14. Warren Glare 15. Enock Maki 16. Ben

Redcliffe Dolphines:

1. Luke CAPEWELL, 2.RW Evander CUMMINS 3. Aaron WHITCHURCH 4. Daniel RANDALL 5.  Thomas OPACIC 6. Zach STRASSER6
7 Darren NICHOLLS 8 Samuel ANDERSON 9 Shane PUMIPI  10 Tyson ANDREWS  11 Joseph BRADLEY 12 Johnnie FOX  13. Christopher GESCH 14 Charlie FAINGAA
 15 Anthony HERRINGTON, 16 Christian HAZARD 17 Jack AHEARN 18 Rulon NUTIRA

COACH Adam Mogg

Papua New Guinea to get US$100 million loan from India

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 Papua New Guinea Government  has signed a US$100 million  loan facility on Thursday with the Export Import Bank of India to fund three major infrastructure projects in the country.

The US$100 million Memoranda of Understanding (MOU was one of the four agreements signed between the Republic of India and PNG at a ceremony at the Airways Hotel yesterday that was witnessed by Indian President Mr Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

The line of credit agreement was signed between the general manager of the EXIM Bank of India Mr Utaphan Hokleu and Mr Manu Momo the deputy secretary – economic policy Department of Treasury.

This line of credit will fund three infrastructure projects in PNG, for the refurbishment of the National and Supreme court in Mt Hagen to the tune of USD20 million, secondly the Madang to Baiyer road which is USD60 million and thirdly the upgrading of the Kimbe-Hoskins to a four lane highway to the tune of USD20 million.

India,  also offered a coastal surveillance radar system and Coast Guard patrol vessels to the country as part of its commitment for the mutual maritime security initiative.

While PNG announced a visa-on-arrival facility for Indian tourists travelling to the Pacific Island as a "gesture of reciprocity" as India has already approved a similar facility for the nationals of all Pacific Island countries since last year. Post Courier/ PNG Today

PFIP awards inaugural Reuben James Summerlin Scholarships

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Suva, Fiji - The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) has today awarded three inaugural Reuben James Summerlin Scholarships.

The scholarship was established in honour of PFIP’s former Programme Manager, Reuben Summerlin, in keeping with his passion for capacity building and education.

The scholarships were open to PFIP’s partner financial institutions in the Pacific to send a nominated staff to attend a three-week course at the prestigious Boulder Institute of Microfinance Training Program (the world’s premier financial inclusion and microfinance program) from July 18th to August 5th 2016 in Turin, Italy.

Each applicant was asked to submit an essay on how they would further develop and scale financial inclusion innovation in their respective financial organizations upon their return.

The scholarships have been awarded to three women in recognition of their demonstrated passion and commitment to financial inclusion in the Pacific. A total of 16 applications were received from three countries.

The awardees are:

Ms. Arishma Prasad, HFC Bank - Fiji
Ms. Joyce Nukumunam, Bank of the South Pacific – Solomon Islands
Ms. Zenash Fox Galmai, Bima (mobile micro-insurance) – Papua New Guinea
The three-week intensive program brings together world renowned experts in microfinance and financial inclusion, with the objective of equipping professionals with practical tools for innovative financial inclusion from across the globe.

Upon completion of their training, recipients will be expected to:

Organise and lead a knowledge sharing event, either within their own institution or for other stakeholders
Author and present a brief policy memo for their institution within 30 days, outlining best practices and include specific recommendations for their institution.
Rueben Summerlin joined the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in 2012 to manage PFIP.  During this time in office, he expanded PFIP’s activities in both scale and scope, overseeing the fastest expansion in financial services the region has ever seen.

Mr. Summerlin passed away on July 6th 2015 in Fiji after a tragic biking accident.

About PFIP

PFIP is a Pacific-wide programme helping low-income households gain access to quality and affordable financial services and financial education. It is jointly managed by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and receives funding from the Australian Government, the European Union and the New Zealand Government.

PFIP aims to add one million Pacific Islanders to the formal financial sector by 2019 by spearheading policy and regulatory initiatives, facilitating access to appropriate financial services and delivery channels and by strengthening financial competencies and consumer empowerment.

For more information or media inquiries please contact:

Erica Lee – Communications Associate; Tel: +679 322 7538;   Email: erica.lee@undp.org     Website: http://www.pfip.org/

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ADB supports PNG to increase access to electricity in rural areas

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PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA (29 April, 2016) – The Department of Petroleum and Energy and PNG Power today and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released the National Distribution Grid Expansion Plan at a seminar in Port Moresby.
The plan details how the Government will expand the grid to rural communities around PNG Power’s 34 provincial grids. Preparation of the plan was supported by ADB as part of its contribution to the PNG Government’s National Electrification Rollout Plan (NEROP).
Participants at the PNG Power hosted seminar were told that grid expansion was vital to improving the lives of rural households and will offer income generating opportunities. Reliable, grid-connected power is also crucial for economic development in small communities. The event was attended by around 40 stakeholders including government and donor partners.
“ADB is pleased to partner with PNG Power Limited to enable more people to benefit from having access to an electricity supply,” said Anthony Maxwell, ADB Senior Energy Specialist. “Households, schools and clinics as well as businesses will benefit.”
“The National Distribution Grid Expansion Plan is a crucial planning tool for PNG Power to boost ongoing efforts to connect the people in rural areas to the electricity grid”, said PNG Power Acting Chief Executive Officer, Chris Bais.
Only about 12% of PNG’s population is currently connected to the electricity grid. “Grid expansion to areas near the existing grids will be an important component of achieving the overall Government target of connecting 70% of the population by 2030” said Vore Veve, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Petroleum and Energy.
The seminar discussed the technical basis behind the plan, options for rolling out the construction and options for financing.
ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, ADB in December 2016 will mark 50 years of development partnership in the region. It is owned by 67 members—48 from the region. In 2015, ADB assistance totaled $27.2 billion, including cofinancing of $10.7 billion.

272 Police Officers pass out from Bomana

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The ranks of the country’s police force have been boosted with 272 police recruits graduating from the Bomana Police College today, among them 37 females including 23 police recruits from Bougainville who were supported through AusAid and the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

“Now that they (recruits) are passing out it is a testament to their belief to become police officers, therefore I encouraged them to uphold the uniform they wear and respect that privilege above all they are not to abuse their role as a police officer’s”, said Perou N’Dranou the Bomana Police Commandant.
The county already boasts 6,300 police personnel of whom 500 are women and with the graduation the number now increases to a total of 6,572 police personnel with 537 females serving in the force.

Kimbe-Hoskins Highway to get upgrade under 100M Credit agreements between PNG and India

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It’s much needed assistance that our Government needs during this time and four major agreement signings that took place this morning between PNG and India is hoped to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.

In the first signing, India’s Minister for Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan signed an MOU with Health Minister, Michael Malabag on Cooperation in the Field of Health Care and Medical Science.
The overall objective is to establish comprehensive inter- ministerial relations with the goal of upgrading the quality and reach of human, material and infrastructural resources involved in Health Care and Research in both countries.
Key areas are Public Health, HIV/AIDS, Capacity Development of Health Professionals through training and Drug and Health Care technologies, Health Research and Environmental Health.
The second, is an MOU regarding a 100 US Dollar Million Credit Line between PNG and the Export –Import Bank of India, which was signed between the General Manager of EXIM BANK, Mr Utpal GOKHALE and Deputy Secretary- Economic Policy for Treasury, Manu MONO.
This will see an upgrade of the National/Supreme Court house in Mt Hagen- 20M, Madang Roads- 60M, Kimbe/Hoskins Highway- 20M.
The third was a signing of MOU between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi and UNITECH for an upgrade of the University’s ICT and Agricultural Research.
The 4th is an MOU between the Government of India and the PNG Government for the establishment of the India- PNG Centre for Excellence in IT.
The MOU was signed between Mr William Dihm , Acting Secretary for Foreign Affairs and the High Commissioner of India to PNG, Mr Nagendra Kumar

Hela and Southern Highlands Mourners and Supporters fill Stadium Complex to farewell late Governor Agiru

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Described as a visionary leader, strong fighter and great warrior, the late Governor of Hela Province Honourable Anderson Pawa Agiru who passed away on Wednesday at the Pacific International Hospital after battling a long illness was given public respect today when his body was taken to the Sir John Guise Indoor complex for public viewing.

The complex was packed to filled with supporters, friends and colleagues of the late governor came to pay their respects.

The brother of late the late governor Mr Vincent Agiru called on the late governor’s supporters to maintain peace in the time of mourning as this was what honourable Agiru would have wanted.

The body of the late governor will be given a church service tomorrow at the indoor complex at 2pm and will be facilitated by the Footsteps ministry of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. PNGFM / PNG Today

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