Posted by Niugini Nius | April 20, 2014 | Posted in ,

SKIPPER Israel Eliab put in a great captains knock as the SP PNG Hunters defeated Sunshine Coast Falcons 16-4 in their Round Eight Intrust Super Cup match.

Eliab scored two tries, one on either end of the half, to also collect the man of the match award.

His first a 90-metre length of the field try opened up the scorecard minutes off a run of play where he scooped up the loose ball and sprinted away.

The second was an equally crucial one which broke the “arm wrestle” between both sides as the game was still in the balance with the scores at 12-4.

After a scrum win Eliab split through the Falcons defence with fleet footwork and a great dummy to put his side in good position to grind out the victory.

It was a tough game and coach Michael Marum will be happy with the two competition points plus the fact the Hunters do not have to travel back home as they prepare for Friday’s Anzac Day match against the Burleigh Bears.

However, there will be anxious moments for the team as two players lock Dion Aiye and front rower Timothy Lomai were placed on report for dangerous tackles.

It was a game the Hunters could have comfortably won with two great try opportunities, which went to waste because the last pass didn’t stick.

Many were hoping for the Hunters to put the winless Falcons away early and open the floodgates for points to give them a good points for and against percentage.

But the Falcons coached by former Brisbane Broncos coach Ivan Henjak did their homework on the Hunters and stayed in the contest throughout.

The blown Hunters try chances were on either side of each half with a Willie Minoga pass to fullback Adex Wera dropped as he tried to ground it.

The other wasted opportunity was in the second half when a slick backline movement saw the ball pass through several hands before centre Thompson Teteh’s pass to winger Garry Lo was dropped by the flyer.

Lo was a hit with the Channel 9 commentators – his antics when he fielded a kick and ran cross-field before straightening up would have had the Hunters coaching staff in agony – was great entertainment because of the way it ended up.

Aside from that “blemish” Lo was an excitement machine and his kick returns were quite impressive.

The Falcons despite the loss will take a well-earned break next round due to the bye and get a confidence boost that if they get their execution right a win is not too far away.

For the Hunters their defence particularly in their red zone was impressive when they successfully repelled the continuous Falcons raids.

However, they will be again reminded that if they create opportunities in attack they need to be converted into points.

SP PNG Hunters ready for Sunshine Coast Falcons

Posted by Niugini Nius | April 19, 2014 | Posted in ,

THE PNG Hunters have their spears sharpened for an all out assault on the winless Sunshine Coast Falcons to push their agenda in round eight of the Queensland Cup rugby league competition today.
While the Ivan Henjak-coached Falcons are just two matches short of their longest losing streak in the state league, they will not get any favours from the battered and beaten Hunters eager to please.
Henjak, the former Brisbane Broncos NRL coach was recently quoted as saying that the Hunters are an exciting team to watch.
With the Hunters breaking a brief losing streak, they have regained that killer instinct and a whiff of their spurring early form returning. 
The Hunters’ ability to make a break from anywhere will test Henjak’s well versed experience on how to handle the sometimes non-copy book style of the PNG franchise.
The match played at South East Queensland’s Stockland Stadium this afternoon is the Channel 9 televised match of the round on Sunday.
Lurking in sixth spot with only three points behind competition leaders North Devils, the SP Brewery sponsored Hunters are aiming for consecutive wins away to maintain consistency before their much needed break in two weeks time.
If Saturday’s lethargic performance against the Tweed Head Seagulls was an indication, it does spell some worrying times ahead for the coaching staff.
A break is certainly on the Hunters mind, when you consider all players have had to make drastic changes from the relaxed Digicel Cup life-style since joining the camp in November.
While that is all water under the bridge, the Falcons pose an easier combatant going on recent form, with coach Michael Marum having the job ahead to re-set the players to get back on the job.
The Falcons have only notched up 42 points for and 266 points against from seven matches. Compared to the Hunters 180 points for and 153 against, this speaks volumes for itself and Marum would like nothing better than to translate into a win.
The naming of an unchanged line-up – including yet to start speedster Edward Goma – could pay dividends if given the chance to start.
Marum has been using ace kicker Noel Zemming at right centre when he comes off the bench to replace Albert Patak. Zemming has mastered the kicking role to perfection and will add those important extras.
With the good form of wingers Gary Lo and George Benson plus left centre Thompson Teteh yet to falter, Goma’s only chance will be if Marum is willing to sacrifice an extra prop on the bench.
Regular bench warmers  Willie Minoga and the work-rate of Lawrence Tu’u pick themselves.

SP PNG Hunters name squad for round 8 clash with Sunshine Coast Falcons

Posted by Niugini Nius | April 15, 2014 | Posted in ,

THE SP Papua New Guinea Hunters have maintained their usual practice of naming an extended squad of 20 to be reduced by two by travel time.

This is despite some slight adjustments in practice with the team to remain in Australia instead of returning home after this weekend’s Round Eight Intrust Super game against Sunshine Coast Falcons this Sunday.

The next two back-to-back away games are closer in between times and the SP PNG Hunters management decided it is a more sensible option to keep the team in Australia for both games.
There are four days in between games and it has been decided that setting up camp temporarily in Australia would be a much better option to ease the strain of jet-lag and interruptions forced by travelling.
Currently in sixth position on 9 points following last week’s 36-26 victory Tweed Heads Seagulls, the Hunters’ next two games are crucial to catapult them back into the top bracket of the points table.

This Sunday they travel to play the Sunshine Coast Falcons at Stockland Park at 2pm, a game that the Hunters are taking very seriously. The game is the Channel 9 televised game of the week and will be shown live in PNG on Imparja, EMTV, Hitron and Channel 8.

The Hunters follow that up with a Friday Anzac day game against the Burleigh Bears on April 25th at 3.30pm.
Following those games is a bye, which is an automatic two points, so effectively the Hunters are guaranteed two points already.

As usual the Hunters will take away 18 players with one to be omitted before kick-off.
Should there be a need for additional replacements after the Sunshine Coast match, measures would be taken to address that ahead of the Burleigh match on Anzac Day.
The squad (two to be omitted) is:
 1. Adex Wera
 2. Garry Lo
 3. Thompson Teteh
 4. Albert Patak
 5. George Benson
 6. Israel Eliab ©
 7. Roger Laka
 8. Timothy Lomai
 9. Wartovo Puara
 10. Gonzela Urakusie
 11. David Loko
 12. Sebastian Pandia
 13. Dion Aiye
 14. Noel Zeming
 15. Willie Minoga
 16. Lawrence Tu'u
 17. Brandy Peter
 18. Adam Korave
 19. Edward Goma
 20. Esau Siune

Coach: Michael Marum

US, PNG sign military agreement

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Papua New Guinea has signed an acquisition and cross servicing agreement with the United States to strengthen their bilateral partnership and co-operation in military logistics.

PNG Defence Force Commander Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo and Secretary for Defence John Porti met with the US Pacific Command commander Admiral Samuel Locklear and the US defence attaché to PNG, Commander Scott Sherhard, to sign the agreement at Murray Barracks yesterday.

The bilateral agreement will facilitate the exchange of logistics support, supplies and services during exercises, training or emergencies such as disasters.

The agreement provides the basic framework for co-operation in military logistic matters.

The overall purpose is to increase readiness of military partnership by reducing the initial logistics hurdles.

Admiral Locklear said the agree-ment was for the common good of the South Pacific and Asia Pacific as a whole and does not in any way commit either country to any military action.

"As a nation, the United States continues its re-balance efforts in the Asia–Pacific because we see the importance of Asia, not only to our own national security, our own national interests, but to the entire global community," he said.

"I’ve come to love the people of South Pacific – and PNG with its diverse of people and culture. I admire the way you solve issues in such a peaceful way.

"The United States presence in the Asia Pacific dates back over 70 years and we are happy to continue that in the best interest of the people."

The United States has bilateral acquisition and cross servicing agreements with over 100 countries around the world.

During Admiral Locklear’s visit to Port Moresby, he met with several civil and military leaders to re-affirm the strength of the US-PNG bilateral relations.

Admiral Locklear’s visit will also build ongoing military–to-military efforts as the US seeks a secure and prosperous PNG able to play a positive leadership role in the Pacific.

Defence Department Secretary John Porti thanked the US for being the leader in security with the agreement to providing military logistical support.

"What we have signed signifies an important milestone for the force and we will ensure it is utilised in the best interest of our people," he said.
PNG Today/ Post Courier

O'neill: Bring debate to Parliament

Posted by Niugini Nius | April 14, 2014 | Posted in , ,

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said Parliament is the appropriate forum, where Members can bring up issues, they feel need proper attention and focus, to be debated on.

"While I welcome Polye’s invitation, the appropriate venue for the debate he proposes is Parliament. It is there that the nation can decide whether the issues being brought up are of national importance, or merely personal frustrations," Mr O’Neill said.

Last Friday Mr Polye had indicated that he wanted an open debate on television and the mass media to allow for issues of the K3 billion UBS loan, the K50 million payments to LR Group of Companies under the PM’s letter of direction, the K1 billion sky scraper project and other equally important issues like the Ok Tedi mine and handling of PNGSDP, to name a few to be addressed.

He said he has already written a letter to the Prime Minister inviting him for the open debate on these controversial issues proposing March 21 or Easter when all families were at homes and would have time to watch.

"I believe that it is the mandated duty and moral obligation of a Prime Minister to be honest, transparent and sincere with the country and the people," Mr Polye said. Our PM is no exception and is answerable to the country and the people. I too am answerable to the people of PNG as a leader," he said.

But Mr O’Neill said that there was no need for the open debate now but for Mr Polye to wait for Parliament to resume in May so they could address and debate on those issues

He said it should be noted that the Kandep MP has already gone public to discuss the issues that he was raising.

"He has used the media extensively to discuss these issues. He has gone on talk-back radio. He arranged a public forum at the University of Papua New Guinea.

"On all occasions we as a responsible government provided adequate responses to the issues raised." Mr Polye has also filed court proceedings over these issues. He must respect the judiciary and allow the court process to be completed.

PNG TODAY/Post Courier

135 civilians killed in attacks in Nigeria

Posted by Niugini Nius | April 12, 2014 | Posted in

Gunmen have killed 135 civilians in north east Nigeria since Wednesday, according to BBC reports. 

Borno state senator Ahmed Zannah said the killings took place in at least three separate attacks in the state.

The attackers are suspected to be from the Islamist Boko Haram movement.

At least 1,500 people, half of them civilian, have been killed in the restive north-eastern region this year, according to Amnesty International.

The organisation blamed both "an increase in attacks by Boko Haram and uncontrolled reprisals by Nigeria's security forces" for the high death toll.

Women 'abducted'
Senator Zannah said the attackers first target was a teacher training college in the town of Dikwa.

They killed five people there and abducted several women, he said.

The attackers burned down the college library before escaping, Mr Zannah said.

The militants then attacked two villages near the border with Cameroon killing a further 130 people, the senator said.

The attacks took place on Wednesday and Thursday, with initial reports claiming around 70 people had been killed.The Nigerian military has not yet commented on the attacks.

A state of emergency has been in place since last year in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in north-east Nigeria.

Human rights groups have criticised both Boko Haram and Nigeria's military for failing to protect civilians.

Amnesty International said last month that Nigeria's army killed around 600 people after a Boko Haram attack.

Some 250,000 people have been forced to leave their homes because of the fighting, the Nigerian government's relief agency said.

Boko Haram has waged an insurgency since 2009 to create a strict Islamic state in northern Nigeria.


Powerful earthquake hits Bougainville, one killed and properties damaged

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Earthquake hits Bougaiville. 
A powerful earthquake measuring upto 7.3 and 7.1 on the Richter scale has struck the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

A four year old child from Piano, Buin South Bougainville, died when a house fell on top of him.

He was brought to Buin Health Centre and was confirmed death.

At least, one death, several houses and properties were destroyed in the huge earthquake.

Buin, in South Bougainville with a population of over 400 thousand, was the most affected area.

Joseph Maineke, who gives us an update, says the shake was violent.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the tremor was located 52 km south west of Panguna and 54 km deep in the ocean.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said a destructive widespread tsunami wasn’t expected but waves could be generated along the coasts.
The National Disaster Office Acting Director Martin Mose confirmed receiving the alert messages.
Investigations will be conducted first, before any immediate responses will be made. 



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