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PNG school dispute turns to riot, three houses burned

The school's deputy principal, Sabani Amjuye, said a candidate stepped down because insulting comments were written on his poster.

His supporters then started a riot, which involved bows and arrows, sticks, stones and knives, that lasted an entire day.

Mr Amjuye said school facilities were damaged, and three staff houses were razed - a fire in the boys' dormitory managed to be put out.

He said the decision was made to suspend classes indefinitely because of lingering tension.

     

O’Neill re-elected PM of Papua New Guinea

Loop PNG reports O’Neill was sworn in by Governor General Sir Bob Dadae in Parliament yesterday afternoon.

After his People's National Congress emerged as the party with the most MPs from PNG's lengthy national election, Mr O'Neill has gained enough support in the parliament to begin a second five year term in the position.

The Ialibu-Pangia MP-elect was nominated by Abau MP Puka Temu, before Mt Hagen MP William Duma seconded the motion and Tari MP James Marape closed the nomination.

Polling in Papua New Guinea’s NCD deferred

The announcement was made this morning amidst confusion at polling centres.

Loop PNG reports all electorates in the NCD will now vote on Friday.

Polling officials raised concerns that their allowances were not paid last night.

There is also confusion in the electoral roll as most eligible voters cannot find their names on the roll.

Some candidates are also not able to find their names on the electoral roll.

The Electoral Commission apologised for the deferment saying this had to do with issues related to camping allowances for officials.

Pacific squads confirmed for OFC U-19s Women’s Championship

Kicking off just over a year after the 2016 OFC U-17 Championship – and only a few months after the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea – there are many familiar faces coming to Auckland this July.

Defending champions New Zealand have recruited an army of international experience for their attempt at a sixth-consecutive title including Malia Steinmetz, Grace Jale, and goalkeeper Anna Leat – who will offer senior international football experience to Gareth Turnball’s squad having already been in the mix for the New Zealand national women’s team.

The asylum detainee who shot a film in secret

Behrouz Boochani is messaging me on WhatsApp from Australia's offshore detention facility in Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), where he has been since 2013 after fleeing his home country of Iran.

The Kurdish journalist has just finished his biggest project yet - a full-length feature film, shot using his iPhone and smuggled out over the internet in small clips, beneath the radar of his guards.

PNG media ban during Turnbull visit 'discriminatory'

Local journalists were excluded from attending a press conference when Mr Turnbull visited a war memorial at Bomana and a joint press conference with his PNG counterpart, Peter O'Neill.

UN documentary to premiere on local TV station

“Driving the Change” is an inspiring story which focuses on the struggle and success of the remote highlands community of Domil in Jiwaka Province as it transforms itself and strives to achieve the Global Sustainable Development Goals.  

The 17 DG, which are adopted by PNG and 192 other UN Member states in 2015, are a universal call to action to end poverty protect the planet and ensure that all peole enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

PNG hopes to bounce back at Championships

The OFC championship is being hosted in Tahiti from February 11-24 with eight countries participating.

Our boys are pooled in Group A alongside New Caledonia, Tahiti and Vanuatu while Group B consists of Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands and New Zealand.

PNG is currently third on the points ladder after round one behind New Caledonia on first place and Tahiti on second. 

In their first match on Saturday, PNG went down to New Caledonia 3-2 while Tahiti defeated Vanuatu 1-0.

APTC welcomes over 700 students

The orientation sessions at APTC campuses in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu on January 16 and 17, provided valuable information to new students on APTC facilities, student support services, regulations, and their responsibilities.

APTC is an innovative development program funded by the Australian Government, delivering internationally-recognised Australian skills and qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers for skilled workers across the Pacific.

Immigration officials whisk refugee away from waiting media

They avoided the waiting media for the last five hours after the Air Niugini aircraft he was on landed at 12:10pm.

Five hours later immigration and police officers whisked him out of the international terminal even before the waiting media could take pictures and do an interview.

The Land Cruiser registration number BEW 987 was believed to be from the Immigration Department.

The question which remains to be answered is why did Immigration officials whisk the refugee away without talking to the waiting media regarding this national issue.