PJV sees PV training for WiB Porgera branch

The Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) has facilitated personal viability training for 49 members of the Porgera branch of Women in Business (WiB).

Barrick (Niugini) Limited (“BNL) Community Development Senior Officer Yutha Wai­sa said the training was targeted at marginalised community groups on skills development to encourage efficient management of their own resources, knowledge, time and money to create opportunities for financial independence and self-reliance at the household level.

“The training aims to develop thinking skills and good habits to enable participants to realise their full potential, identifying and de­veloping useful and applicable skills to create meaningful liveli­hoods to sustain their family, com­munity and improve economic de­velopment for the district,” Waisa said.

The Porgera WiB members received certificates in PV Level One (1) at the completion of the two-week training delivered by Port Moresby-based Entrepreneurial Development Training Centre (EDTC) trainer Karen Moses.

Participants Jenny Pulawa from Yarik village located with the Special Mining Lease (SML) area of the Porgera mine, together with Jennifer Tanda and Naomi Tapo were satisfied that they had learnt the basics of managing their time and resources such as money, and the opportunity of self-reliance that this training had made them realise.

“PV training has helped us a lot because we used to spend mon­ey unwisely. When we do business (street-vending), we always think about spending the money, but PV training has helped us to save up to expand our (small) busi­nesses,” a very satisfied Tanda said.

The training covered topics basic in­come generating principles which included taking are of the family, how to engage in small street-vending business activities, budgeting time and money, as well as other basic life skills.

Porgera WiB president Elizabeth Iarume thanked BNL for recognising the need of the WiB members to acquire the training.

“You wanted us to get a good knowledge and facilitated with the trainer,” Iarume said.

BNL Corpo­rate Social Responsibility (CSR) Operations Manager Timothy Andambo and Community Rela­tions and Engagement (CR&E) Alternate Manager Meck Minnala were on hand to witness the certificate presentation ceremony.

“The decision you made to at least spend two weeks of your special time, I think it’s a quality investment. So congratulations to you all.

“BNL has a new di­mension, new change…what is there in the community is im­portant. We must give it (trainings) to them that they can look after themselves.

“Before it was like ‘we’ll do things for them. Now we will help them do things for themselves. This is called Change of Dynamics,” Andambo told the women executives of groups affiliated to Porgera WiB.

The Porgera miner has so far facilitated five Level One (1) PV training sessions for members of the Porgera community, local business entities, community-based groups and organisations.

Philippines: IS-linked Maute group inmates freed in ‘raid’

Source: BBC

Eight Islamic militants linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) have been freed from jail in the Philippines in an apparently “staged raid”.

Police said at least 20 fighters from the Maute group had turned up at the Lanao del Sur jail in the southern city of Marawi, but no shots had been fired.

A military source told the BBC they believed the men had been allowed to escape.

The militants were held last week after being caught with homemade mortars.

At least 15 other inmates – who faced murder and drugs charges – also walked free, but it is not clear whether this was agreed.

The Maute group has carried out several bombings and kidnappings in the southern Mindanao region.

The Philippines has faced separatist movements for decades in Mindanao, which is majority Muslim – the rest of the Philippines is mainly Catholic.

The Maute group carries the black flag and insignia of IS, and has attacked army troops, beheaded a soldier and beheaded two local workers earlier this year.

The militants kidnapped the two workers and made them wear orange shirts similar to those worn by IS beheading victims before they were killed.

Several armed groups in the Philippines have pledged allegiance to IS, although the country’s military says there is no evidence of active co-operation with foreign militants.

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Bougainville’s Me’ekamui dismiss Rio share spat – Full Transcript — Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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Dhaka cafe attack planner killed — MEMENEWS.ME

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Singapore has confirmed its first case of a locally-transmitted Zika virus, which has been linked to microcephaly, a rare birth defect, in Brazil, the health ministry said. A 47-year-old Malaysian woman working in the city-state was confirmed with the virus, but was “well and recovering.” As she had not traveled to Zika-affected areas recently, she…

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First-ever John Wong Tribute Music Challenge underway

Source: Looppng.com

Tonight is entirely dedicated to music legend John Wong and those local musicians following in his path.

Six local bands will compete at the first-ever John Wong Tribute Music Challenge, currently underway at the Rita Flynn netball courts, in Port Moresby.

The UPNG New Ireland Students Association staged this idea, purposely to recognise and honour the legacy of a great PNG musician who was part New Ireland and part East New Britain.

But more importantly, the event aims to promote local musicians on a national level.

With battle of the bands being the main event, NISA representative Otto Wol said this is a platform for their exposure.

“The idea here is to put an instrument in their hand and put them on the stage. This is the dream of John Wong and we’d like to fulfil it,” he said.

The bands to be competing are: Kalang Boys, DBTI Turin boys, Niu Briton, Junou band, Unknowns and DBTI music club.

They will be judged by a three-man panel: Cyril Lumbia – arts lecturer, UPNG, Kivio Oli – head of department, Music, UPNG, and Grainger Runialo – director, Pro-ed studios.

The bands will perform a song each from three genres: reggae, rock and traditional or contemporary, including a song by the legend John Wong.

The winner of the event gets K700 and a shield, first runner-up gets K500 and a trophy and second runner up gets K300 and a trophy.

Wol also said the funds raised from tickets will be divided; half will go to NISA while the other half to John Wong’s family to set up a foundation to assist young up-coming artists.

He also added that deviating from the usual idea of celebrating provincial days, this gives a new approach to celebrating culture.

He then acknowledged the support of Yumi FM and Legend FM and four major sponsors: Coastal Fisheries Development Agency, Anitua, Next of Kin and Mac Jean Construction.

The event started at 12 noon today and will go on until 10pm.

(Some members of the New Ireland community in Port Moresby who were at the event this afternoon.)

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UPNG Madang students receive K50,000 from Duban

Source: Looppng.com

50 self-sponsored University of Papua New Guinea students in Madang are set to return to Port Moresby, thanks to Madang MP Nixon Duban.

Duban, who is also the Petroleum and Energy Minister, today met with the UPNG and Divine Word University Madang students and presented them cheques of K50,000 and K10,000 respectively.

“The K10,000 was for the DWU Madang Students Association to host their Madang Day later this year,” UPNG Madang student Len-Desiree Mandie told Loop PNG.

“Before the presentation there was a small reconciliation ceremony between the UPNG MSA and Mr Duban,” said Mandie.

“The UPNG MSA apologised to Mr Duban for their actions and some words that were spoken during the awareness period in May. And they expressed their gratitude to him for showing support and helping the students despite what happened between them during the awareness.”

The UPNG MSA presented a bilum and a live pig to Duban to show their respect and prove how sorry they were.

Since priority was given to Madang district, the first 18 students there received their tickets. They will be flying out starting Tuesday morning.

The presentation and reconciliation ceremony was held at the DWU Kibung Area.