Madang district will have better independence celebration next year

Source: LoopPNG

Minister for Petroleum and Energy and Member for Madang has pledged K200,000 for next year Independence celebration in Madang District.

Minister Duban said this on Thursday while commenting on the need for people to celebrate independence in a true Madang way.

Duban said next year Madang District Development Authority (MDDA) will put K200,000 for independence celebration to bring together the people of Madang district from three three LLG’s Ambenob, MULLG and Transgogol.

He said next year will be bigger and better and people will celebrate in a true Madang way and with music, traditional and singsing festival.

He said this year the Kalibobo mini show at Madang Rotary Park on September 16 has brought crowd all over Madang town and next year will be bigger and better with another K100,000 added on top.

Duban thanked the people of Madang to celebrate this Independence peacefully without major incidents and problems.

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Lae Councilor calls for removal of settlement

Source: LoopPNG

Ward Two councilor of the Lae Urban Local Level Government, Carol Yawing has supported calls by Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie for the removal of illegal settlements.

This follows the ongoing problems associated with Banana Block situated at the 7th street in the heart of Lae city.

Recently during the Independence day, a fight broke out between Engans and Southern Highlanders which has created problems for the community especially a residential area where highly tax payers reside.

“The government must seriously come down hard and evict these illegal settlements causing unnecessary problems.

“How can there be a settlement in the heart of the city, It’s a nightmare especially when this is a river side state land,” Ms Yawing said.

Yawing said the provincial government must do something and remove the illegal settlements in the city which is also a threat to investors trying to invest in the community.

It is believed an eviction was to be carried out sometime back but a restraining order was taken and Cr Yawing is angry the person who took out the order should come out and solve the problems being faced.

“Whoever that guy is who took the matter to court to stop the eviction should come out and sort these illegals problems at Banana Block,” Yawing said.

Yawing had been up and about with Police during the five days of fighting and she said it had been so frustrating seeing knife wielding men walking onto the main Cassowary Road causing tense among the community.

 

Picture caption: Ward Two Councillor Carol Yawing on the left.

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US company plans to build assembly line in Madang

Source: LoopPNG

A bomb shell was literally dropped on Friday, Sept 9 during the Madang Investment Summit when Powerplus, a global manufacturer of construction equipment announced that it would build one of its assembly lines (factory) in Madang.

The announcement by Powerplus General Manager and Director, Gerard Lau, was a huge shock to the summit organizers as well as the Madang business community and the provincial government leaders.

Lau had earlier during his Company’s presentation at the summit clarified that Powerplus through a series of transformations, from a construction equipment and spare parts supplier established since 1973 had evolved to be a global manufacturer of construction equipment in 2001.

Following his announcement, Lau went on to say that the company’s outlook for the Pacific region was to establish Powerplus Pacific Limited in Madang.

He said the assembly based in Madang has already had land area identified along the north coast road measuring  10,000 to 50,000 square metres and will cater for sales and marketing.

The area will also cater for technical development and training centre and parts and services.

Lau did not elaborate on the cost of setting up the plant and when work would commence however, he said the factory would employ up to 500 people during full scale operation.

The best-selling products for the factory in Madang would be for wheel loader, Excavator, Bull dozer, agricultural tractor, motor grader, backhoe, truck, forklift, crane (Crawler/truck/tower), plant (Concrete/Asphalt/Stone)

He said from the Madang factory the company would looking to exports to emerging markets in the Pacific covering Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand    , East Timor Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Tonga.

He said Powerplus Group Inc. was incorporated in the United States 2001.

Its market game changer and brand influence was through its supply of spare parts to the US army for its mission in the Gulf War and in Afganistan.

“Powerplus offers an extensive and comprehensive range of construction equipment – an integrated solution to serve various-r construction needs,” Lau said.

The company’s international headquarter is Located in Powerplus Building – Singapore, where it houses: global Product Distribution; global Supply Chain, showroom, training Facility, eengineering Team and Spare Parts Depot.

Powerplus harness the best of American, European and Japanese technology  and is Positioned as a middle to high-end brand manufacturer.

Currently, Powerplus Group is represented in more than 100 countries, and is a brand that has won world-wide recognition.

Its global presence of distributors and dealers spread across 100 countries across six continents.

Lau said Powerplus strives to be the best alternative to market leaders and aspires to be household brand in the construction equipment and road-making machinery industry.

GENO JOINS PANGU: STRATEGIC ADVISOR ON INTERNAL SECURITY

Source: Bryan Kramer

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(Geno seated second from the left)

Former Chief of Police and Ombudsman Illa Geno has formally joined Pangu Party as a strategic adviser on Internal Security.

Geno began his career as a police officer in 1968 as a detective under Australian administration. He served 25 years in the force, bestowed the top position of Chief of Police in 1992. After serving out his two year contract as Commissioner of Police he was later appointment Chairman of Public Service Commission in 1993. In 1999 Geno joined the Ombudsman Commission, two years later he was elevated to the top position of Chief Ombudsman.

During his term as head of Ombudsman Commission Geno holds the highest record of referrals of Members of Parliament to face the Leadership Tribunal. He was later forced to retire after meeting the mandatory age of 60.

Geno joins Pangu with the highest credentials in law enforcement as well as leadership and governance.

Pangu Party Leader Sam Basil welcomed Geno to Pangu’s impressive team of strategic political advisers. Geno now joins retired Chief of Defence Force Brigadier Major Jerry Singarock – (National Security) Bryan Kramer (Chief Political Strategist) Dulciana Somare Brash (International Relations & Policy)

 

Displaced Sialum Settlers seeking refuge

Source: #MSW_MomaseWatch
About 200 Sialum settlers were displace following an ethnic clash at Boundry Road in Lae, Morobe Province. They are taking refuge at the Morobe Province Governors Hill residence.

Murder suspect apprehended at top town, Lae City

Source: #MSW_MomaseWatch
A murder suspect was on the run until he was spotted by an informant who informed Police. The suspect was allegedly involved with two others in a murder committed in January this year at Kamkumung settlement. The suspect was apprehended by police at Top Town bus stop in Lae, Morobe Province.
According to brief received, it was alleged that the three suspects and the deceased were all drinking steam or home brew together and when they had finished, the three suspects forced the deceased to go buy some more alcohol but when he refused, he was attacked by the three suspects and consequently died from injuries he sustained. All three suspects have been arrested, charged and remanded in custody at Buimo Jail.

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.