Moem Barracks prepares for Royal Pacific Island Regiment Parade

Posted by PNG Today | February 10, 2016 | Posted in ,

The Royal Pacific Island Regiment (RPIR) in the country will be turning 65 on the 11th of March this year as celebrations are underway in Wewak’s Second Battalion Royal Pacific Island Regiment (2RPIR) Moem Barracks.
PNGDF 2nd Lieutenant BADE Joseph says activities taking place are Platoon Attacks, Navigation and Orders and also sporting activities of soccer, volleyball and touch footy.
2nd Lieutenant BADE says the winning Company from the Moem Unit will be declared on the 11th of March and will then troop the Queens Colour during the regiment’s parade to mark the day after 64 years of the infantry regiment in Papua New Guinea.
The Regiment was disbanded after World War II and was re-raised in 1951 as part of the Australian Army and served until the Independence in 1975 when it became part of the PNGDF and today the RPIR consists of two Battalions actively serving PNG, SI and Vanuatu.
This is a historical event of the PNG Defence Force in remembering the descending of the regiment by native soldiers and Australian officers and non-commissioned officers in the territories of Papua and New Guinea during World War II to help fight against the Japanese.

Maprik Haus Tambaran to promote Culture and Tourism

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The people of Abilam Tribe of Maprik in the East Sepik Province (ESP) have built a new “Haus Tambaran” as part of building Tourism in the area as well as preserving the cultures of the people of Maprik.
Ward 3 Councillor of Maprik Mora LLG and foreman of the project Joxy Sangikra, said it was through the PNG Eco Tourism Consultancy Services’ workshops on Tourism in ESP that gave him the idea of building the Haus Tambaran.
He said the project also educates the younger generations of the Abilam Tribe and Maprik as a whole to know that the “Haus Tambaran” is a very important part of their culture that they must preserve.
“Our culture is slowly dying and involving many of the young in the project is educative of how to build this traditional structure in our tribe and place when they grow up and take leadership roles in the village, they would already know how to build it and pass it on to the next generation”, Mr Sangikra said.
Mr Sangikra will be traveling with the PNG Eco Tourism team to Australia to the Eco Tourism’s Sydney Office to market the project as a one of the successful projects in the area available for Tourist visit in ESP.
The “Haus Tambaran” was described by Mr Sangikra as similar to the National Parliament House in Waigani and in Maprik it is where people gather for meetings and other village organised activities, such as the counting of the “Ring Shell” (shell money) and feasts.


Students suspended over Fighting

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Grade 10 male students of Kila Kila Secondary School in Port Moresby are all on two days suspension as of yesterday due continues fighting that started last week with the new grade 9 students. 
Deputy Principal Mr Philemon Geidilo said the situation had gotten out hand that the school had no choice but to suspend the grade 10 boys who had instigated the fight.
“The fight has gotten out hand with some of the grade 9 students being seriously injured while stones were thrown at PMV buses when they were fighting outside the school gate”
“We have given 2 days suspension to the grade 10 boys and we also instructed them to bring their parents on Friday to meet with the school Board and if they don’t bring their parents, they get an open transfer out letter” said Mr Geidilo.
Mr Geidilo said they’ve been dealing with fighting every year when school resumes and this has been an ongoing issue for the school every year.
“This has been like tradition among the students every year and it’s always the same case with the grade 10 boys belting up the grade 9 boys and we are suspecting that this sort of behaviour involves underground cult activities that the school is not aware off”
He said the school will be investigating this chronic issue and will be making sure that tougher penalties will be applied to those students that are involved in fighting.

ICRC signs Headquarters agreement with PNG

Posted by PNG Today | February 9, 2016 | Posted in , ,

Yesterday saw a significant signing ceremony between the PNG Government and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at the Airways Hotel in Port Moresby.
PNGs Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato signed a Headquarters Agreement with the Head of Mission for ICRC in Papua New Guinea Mr Gauthier Lefevre for ICRC to expand its work on assisting people in conflict areas and disaster hit places in PNG.
Minister Pato after the signing ceremony said that with this agreement now it will ensure that ICRC continues its Humanitarian work in PNG in assisting people in tribal fight areas and places where people are badly affected by natural disasters.
"It has taken 9 years before the signing of this agreement and I'm sure that ICRC will continue its good work in the country in assisting our people in places such as Bougainville, the Highlands Region and other centers in the country," said Minister Pato.
ICRC Head of Mission Mr Lefevre says that ICRC had been in operation in the country without this formal agreement and now that it has been formally sign it will boost ICRCs work in PNG to go a step further in helping the people of this country.
"I am please with this agreement as now we can partner with the government and other Humanitarian NGOs in operation in the country to help people in conflict areas and disaster areas to maintain goon Humanitarian work that will benefit their livelihoods," said Mr Lefevre.

Social Issues affect PNG Economy

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Social issues are affecting PNG's Economy and there remains a need for a holistic approach to be given in addressing social security of individuals to promote economic sustainability within households in communities and the country as a whole.

Social Impact Consultancy managing director Meredith Tutumang highlighted that this is an area that results in economy development interventions becoming successful.

"Multi-sectorial baseline studies conducted in 2013 in 22 villages of Finschhafen District revealed that social issues are factors that impede on the savings culture of an individual and household," Ms Tutumang said.

"This was due to the fact that social welfare issues were not addressed prior to awareness on financial literacy being conducted," she added.

She said that one of the main reasons behind economical interventions in communities being partially successful is due to lack of a multi-disciplinary approach.

"Educating individuals on how social issues and other illicit activities affect economic stability within homes helps one to rationalise," Ms Tutumang said.

"It further assist them to improve their own livelihoods and develop right attitudes to foster economic growth in the wider community" she stated.

Ms Tutumang explained that conducting a holistic approach when creating awareness on financial literacy can be seen as a cost cutting measure.

"It reduces expenses on logistic, human resources and interventions may that may seem somewhat expensive," she added.

She added that donors of economical intervention incorporate various aspects of social security all at once with financial literacy awareness eases expenses.

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Australian Alan Scott appointed Deputy Police Commissioner in PNG

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The Papua New Guinea Government has appointed former Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner, Alan Scott as one of the deputy commissioners in the Papua New Guinea Royal Constabulary.  Prime Minister Peter O’Neill  announced this while  welcoming the appointment by National Executive Council (NEC) of three Deputy Commissioners in the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC).
PM O’Neill said the appointment of Deputy Commissioners Jim Andrews (Operations), Raphael Huafolo (Administration) and Alan Scott (Reform, Training and APEC) will provide a substantial boost to raising the capacity of the police service.
“We are drawing on the demonstrated experience and capabilities of Deputy Commissioners Andrews and Huafolo to enhance stability and discipline,” the Prime Minister said.
“We further welcome the appointment of Alan Scott who brings with him international experience and respect from personnel in the RPNGC.
"As the former Assistant Commissioner from the Australian Federal Police Program in Papua New Guinea, he brings an international perspective to the the reforms that we need in our police force, and the training required to reach the next level.
“Alan Scott will further take on the role of coordinating safety and security for APEC preparations.
“The Joint Task Force on APEC Security is being formed that will draw in elements form numerous security agencies, and work direct with our foreign security partners.”
The Prime Minister said the appointment of Alan Scott is a demonstration of the functionality of bringing foreign advisors into the Government under the direct authority of the Government.
“Alan Scott will work in the chain of command as an officer of the RPNGC.
“The decision by the Government to bring to an end the direct placement of foreign advisors in national offices, and to employ them direct, will have positive outcomes for the country.

“The Bire Kimisopa Committee brought forward recommendations for the realignment of foreign advisers, and this is now a policy working across several Government departments.”
PM O’Neill said the people of the nation have made their opinions clear that they expect better from police and the appointment of the three Deputy Commissioners is another step in instituting reform.
“We have a lot of work that is needed to be done in modernizing our police and raising disciplinary standards.
“Our three Deputy Commissioners, working under the leadership of Commissioner Gary Baki, will provide the direction that is required across their respective commands.”

Zika cases continue to rise in Tonga

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Tonga's Zika surveillance unit has recorded 549 Zika cases up to  Monday, including seven cases that were confirmed by laboratory blood tests, said Chief Medical Officer for Public Health, Dr Reynold 'Ofanoa.

A national clean up campaign in collaboration with Tonga Red Cross, HMAF military personnel and others has started to eliminate the breeding sites for the mosquitoes that spread the virus.

So far there are 542 suspected cases and seven confirmed cases of Zika. Of the seven cases, two were confirmed in Tonga and five were reported from New Zealand from people who had travelled to Tonga and became sick when they returned home where they tested positive for Zika.

“None of these seven confirmed cases are pregnant women,” he said, but these seven were mostly female.

“However, this week we have identified there are three pregnant women whom we suspect to have Zika virus from the signs and symptoms they presented with, said Dr Ofanoa.

The blood tests of these pregnant women will be sent to Tahiti and expect results back in two weeks.

He said Tonga's first confirmed Zika case was in January this year. “We started to see a rise in cases with acute fever and rash during the first week of January. We then saw an increase in the number of cases until now. We declared the Zika epidemic on February 1, 2016.

Dr 'Ofanoa said most cases were on Tongatapu. “We do see cases in Vava‘u, Ha‘apai and ‘Eua but probably not to the extent as we have here in Tongatapu.”

Public Health officials are responding to the outbreak with spraying in targeted places throughout Tongatapu. “With our initial statistics we saw it concentrated in the town area and we have cases from the eastern side.”

He said they had identified gaps in their response to control the outbreak, which included insufficient transport to allow them to reach the communities.

“Secondly, human resources, for instance the spraying we did not have sufficient workers to do that for us. We needed to get private operators to assist us in doing the vector control. Thirdly, we needed assistance with our supplies…that includes insecticides…and also the proper machines.”

He said if they had access to treated mosquito nets and repellents that would help them to strengthen the capacity of people.

The Public Health department is starting to run community awareness programmes on television and radio, and developing pamphlets, and posters.

“For pregnant mothers if they suspect they have the symptoms it’s important for them to seek medical care so they can be assistance. We refer them to the obstetric team to follow up during their pregnancy,” Dr 'Ofanoa said.


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