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PNG POWER CEO REMINDS PNG THAT WE ARE STILL IN "THE STONE AGE"

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by ROBERT T MARAPE

PUMA ENERGY which is owned by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and currently supplies diesel to PNG Power conspired with Carolyn Blacklock to sell off the gas powered gensets because they pose a threat to Puma. It's in exchange for writing off Inter Oil K4b tax owed to the PNG government. Some PNG consortiums are interested in buying the gensets to establish gas power stations to supply power to PNG Power at a cheaper rate than that of diesel power. There seems to be conspiracy and conniving between certain top elements in government, Carolyn Blacklock and expatriates in Deloitte, Puma Energy, PNG Power to rob PNG further by selling the gensets that originally cost K50m each or total K100m. Obviously, they will sell to their preferred buyers under shady deals for a private commission

The government has transferred the two GE generators to PPL to utilise local gas for power generation. Under the controversies over APEC spendings etc, PPL, in particular, Carolyn B…

Real estate development is the push behind Port Moresby’s growth - Not Government

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by DAVID LEPI
Descending into Jackson’s on a hot shimmering Port Moresby afternoon I see the once peculiar sun tanned brown savannah is now replaced by sprawling suburbs after suburbs of modern design of compelling style. The mirage or an optical illusion created by the hot surface below made it look like undulating waves of melting steel and glass cascading into an unforgiving white-hot furnace of the fast approaching tarmac. On the hills to the left, you see excavators carving terraces and flattening land for trenches for foundations, utility conduits, and drainage piping. And swarming with carpenters, electricians and plumbers and all manners of tradesmen eager to pitch in to permanently change the once periphery of National Capital District. This is the growth of a remarkable landmark that is now fast defining the Port Moresby landscape.

And who is behind all these concrete pouring and sounds of rhythmic hammers and whining power saws? Is it by some charity group or some long-lost…

Empower the Youths or face the ramification : From a Internal Security Perspective.

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by JOHN BRIA

Planet Shakers ' a gospel concert turn into a mob gathering as youths take absolute control and third night cancel for security reasons.

The aftermath outcome of the concert in NCD resulted in the news of rape, killing, assault, bag snatching, drunken brawl, harassment etc, etc, as neighbors within the vicinity hear nothing but 'gun shots and, tear gas.

What does it tell us?

This picture itself tells a thousand stories of the grim reality of the potential looming danger of PNG's internal security which also has the potential to ignite national security threats.

It is estimated about 85% of PNG's population are made up of youths between the ages of 15-45 years of age and this is the most active age group.

In PNG, in metropolitan cities Port Moresby, Lae and Mt Hagen, there is widespread social disorder like crime and prostitution associated with socioeconomic factors like unemployment, school drop outs, rural urban drifts etc.

It's now public knowledge,…

LEVEL OF INTELLIGENCE IN PARLIAMENTARIANS DIMINISHING AFTER EVERY ELECTION

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by MYKALG WALGHE If there was a ranking for "the dumbest parliament" in the commonwealth then PNG would rank at the top , courtesy of 90% of its MPs who are unable to think critically, clearly, rationally, logically and contribute and debate constructively on national issues in the parliament.
The PNG Parliament, the highest law making body of the land has become a laughing stock simply because our so called MPs have conducted themselves with less aptitude and intelligence over the last 20 years or so.
It seems most of the MPs are loosing touch with the issues affecting the nation when they are supposed to be cognizance and on top of every issues as national leaders. Most of the leaders are caught off-guarded and are lost when important issues are raised in parliament and it's very embarrassing for them looking like fools in the parliament not knowing what to say.
Most of the MPs hate parliament sittings badly and wish that the sessions would end quickly so that they could b…

CHANGING PORT MORESBY CITY LANDSCAPE WITH INFRASTRUCTURE

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CHANGING PORT MORESBY CITY LANDSCAPE WITH INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, COMPLACENCY IN COMPLIANCE AND STANDARD COMPROMISED.
INCOMPLETE STADIUMS:

by LEKEM LAKI

The metropolitan city of Port Moresby is booming in construction in all form and shape. Contrasting with rest of the country, the scale of construction happening in Port Moresby is unprecedented.
The economic values of all gigantic infrastructure developments are in alarming proportion. If not doubled, it is tripled the factual cost of putting up the projects. Should independent expertise is engaged to study and do variation on the costing; surely extravagance unscrupulous spending would be revealed.

Particularly sporting venues, in haste, trying to meet the deadline and delivered incomplete jobs and remain as such. Sir Hubert Murry stadium is progressing at snail’s pace.
The sport’s Minister exaggerated and today date, he over exaggerate claiming, under his ministry, he has delivered world class stadiums. I have…

A Sign of Economic Meltdown Looming Courtesy of O’Neil Regime.

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by YAKAN LEPAKALI


This article stems from Sunday Chronicle (July 26 2015) titled “Budget Cut and East Sepik to lose K276 million in 2016”. According to the above article, public machinery in ESP is into crisis management mood to make adjustments and take drastic steps with stringent measures to cut back on unnecessary expenditure and tighten up in readiness for 2016 budget cut.

The article merely featured East Sepik Province; however, same is true with the other provinces in the country. Yet, intriguingly, nothing much is heard from the respective provincial administrations and perhaps waiting for the dream rainfall.

Should K276 million cut in reality is somewhat true for all provinces, it is to the tune of K6 billion plus. We don’t know yet how many national departments and state institutions will have their share of the cut in 2016 budget. It was also speculated that DSIP will also suffer cut courtesy of this ruthless totalitarian regime. The predictability of unprec…

LONG DELAYS AT AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION

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OA AMORA

Recent long delays to get my relatives issued with visas to come to Australia has prompted me to raise this concern to all Papua New Guineans. 
PNG is now classified Category D by Australian Foreign Services. PNG is in the same category as Afghanistan, Iraq  etc. These countries are considered highly dangerous and problematic. Visa processing now takes one week before approval is given. This is to ensure proper background checks are made, whether people have sufficient funds to travel to Australia, whether their relatives in Australia are able to support them etc etc etc.
As PNG is category D classification, there will continue to be delay after delay at the Aussie High in Pom. What irks me is that PNG politicians do not seem to give two hoots about this, yet many flock to Australia like grasshoppers.
I was saddened to see my birth countryman standing for hours on end like cattle to be loaded on the road trains. I had tears in my eyes to see them standing in long windy lines. Man…

LONG DELAYS AT AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION

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OA AMORA

Recent long delays to get my relatives issued with visas to come to Australia has prompted me to raise this concern to all Papua New Guineans. 
PNG is now classified Category D by Australian Foreign Services. PNG is in the same category as Afghanistan, Iraq  etc. These countries are considered highly dangerous and problematic. Visa processing now takes one week before approval is given. This is to ensure proper background checks are made, whether people have sufficient funds to travel to Australia, whether their relatives in Australia are able to support them etc etc etc.
As PNG is category D classification, there will continue to be delay after delay at the Aussie High in Pom. What irks me is that PNG politicians do not seem to give two hoots about this, yet many flock to Australia like grasshoppers.
I was saddened to see my birth countryman standing for hours on end like cattle to be loaded on the road trains. I had tears in my eyes to see them standing in long windy lines. Man…