Monthly Archives: October 2017

Interesting perspective from the UK

UK Media

 

We UK Rugby League fans have waited a long, long time to finally see a full, live telecast of a game from PNG…and let me tell you it didn’t disappoint!

It wasn’t just the scintillating, adrenaline-pumping Kumuls performance we enjoyed, it was the colour and excitement of the whole occasion.

Make no mistake, to witness a Kumuls game in Port Moresby has just jumped to the top of a few sporting ‘bucket-lists’, including my own!

As the clock counted down on the big-screen, you could just feel the collective air of fervour and, for the next 80 minutes, the Port Moresby crowd generated one of the most exhilarating atmospheres I’ve ever heard at a sporting occasion!

The way you guys cheer and scream at every Kumuls carry and collision is amazing, whilst the crescendo of noise which greeted every PNG try was enough to give a dead dog goosebumps!

It’s was evident from the moment the Kumuls let rip in those early exchanges, that there was only going to be one (very convincing) winner. To be frank, the Welsh looked like ‘trapped rabbits in the headlights’ and any game-plan they may have harboured quickly went out the window once they felt the full ferocity of those bone-crunching early collisions.

And yet amid all the devout, tribalistic support of those heroes in yellow, how magnificent it was to see the whole crowd rise as one to applaud off the field the stricken young Welshman, Chester Butler, after he was badly-concussed trying to tackle a steamroller called Enoch Maki!

None of this was in the script for the (thankfully) ever-dwindling band of UK dinosaurs, stuck in a 1980’s time warp, who were oblivious to the giant steps PNG has made. Some were still expecting to tune in and witness riots, tear-gas and ‘tree-men’ within a ramshackle stadium!

Let me tell you, the whole occasion and the manner of the Kumuls win has definitely got RL fans talking in the UK, with bookmakers slashing the Kumuls odds to now pair them alongside Fiji as the fifth most likely team to win this World Cup behind the traditional ‘big three’ and Tonga.

And a message for those of you who still fret about the Kumuls lowly position in those ludicrous World Rankings which nobody outside of PNG take any notice of; You should realise the bookmakers odds represent a much more accurate reflection of where the Kumuls realistically sit in the World pecking-order – that’s somewhere between fifth and seventh!

So, all in all, a magnificent weekend for PNG. The Rugby League world has now seen for itself that the country has moved on…and so has its team!

GO KUMULS!

Oil Search Renews Contract With Link PNG

By : The National

 

OIL Search has renewed its contract with Air Niugini to provide services to the company through Link PNG, the airline’s subsidiary.

Oil Search managing director Peter Botten thanked Air Niugini staff for the quality of service they had been providing.

“We sincerely appreciate the efforts of Air Niugini and Link PNG and, especially the staff who have given us outstanding service. I want to express my personal appreciation to the staff who are such an important part of our logistics and support network,” he said.

“I know of numerous occasions where the staff have gone beyond there normal expectations to deliver a great service to us.”

Link PNG general manager Bruce Alabaster said that it was the continuation of an 11-year arrangement with Oil Search.

“We provide a dedicated aircraft that flies six days out of every seven from here to Moro, from here to Kiunga and also through Moro and Cairns. In addition, we provide a lot of ad hoc flights,” he said.

“It’s a new contract that extends our relationship into the next three years but is something we have been doing for the past 11 years.

“Air Niugini has provided over 8 million kilometers of safe travel to Oil Search employees and uplifted 350,000 passengers as well 1000 tonnes of cargo.”

Alabaster also said Link PNG would be expanding its fleet to cater for an expected increase in demand for such flight arrangements with the Papua LNG project coming up.

Acting PM Condemns Domestic Violence

BY NELLIE SETEPANO ( Post Courier )

 

Acting Prime Minister Charles Abel has condemned the ongoing occurrences of violence against women throughout Papua New Guinea.

“One of the important aspects that is affecting our culture today, one that is very upsetting and disturbing, is the violence that we continue to perpetuate against our women, particularly the violence that is happening in Papua New Guinea today, related to sorcery.

“This is happening throughout PNG, and I want to say, very clearly, that this is not part of our culture.

“The violence and the suppression of our women is not part of our culture,” he said,

He said using the excuse of sorcery, where men pick on old, vulnerable ladies, like widows, because they have some excuse or problems in their minds, they blame old, defenseless ladies is not PNG culture.

“It is only an act of cowardice, where Papua New Guinean men stand around and watch while other men torture old ladies, widows and young women, is not Papua New Guinea – that is a sick culture.

“Therefore, I want to condemn these actions, in the strongest and highest way possible. Those who perpetuate such violence against women are not men – they are cowards and bullies. If you are men, go pick on another man,” he said.

“I want those cowards to be stopped and the law to hold them to account. I am not proud to be a Papua New Guinean, when I see a Papua New Guinean man doing that to a Papua New Guinean lady,” he said.

He said such behavior is completely unacceptable and the government and all of us must do everything in our power to eradicate it.

Medical Officers Graduate From New Programme

BY : The National

 

HE St John Ambulance has graduated its first batch of officers from its new paramedic programme.

Chief officer Dr Matthew Cannon said three groups graduated – three from paramedic, 14 level-one ambulance officers and seven emergency medical technicians.

He said the paramedic and technicians would address six core areas:

Improve overall patient outcomes through quality pre-hospital care;
reduce maternal and infant mortality through advanced pre-hospital obstetric training;
improving healthcare for persons in police situations;
provide effective care to trauma patients, especially road-related trauma;
reduce death and disability from treatable conditions; and,
Deploy paramedics to health centres to help clinic staff manage patients with serious medical emergencies.

“The majority of healthcare in PNG is delivered in rural health centres by dedicated nurses and community health workers. This environment is still arguably considered pre-hospital,” Cannon said.

“The paramedic programme is specifically tailored to filling the gaps in the health system between the place the patient becomes sick and a major hospital.

“The result of this gap is often unnecessary death and disability, especially for the one in 20 women who die from pregnancy, often because they are
unable to reach a major obstetric hospital.”

National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop congratulated St John Ambulance for initiating the programme which would help meet the needs of the population.

Kumuls Slay Dragons

By ISAAC LIRI ( The National )

 

THE Papua New Guinea Kumuls started their 2017 Rugby League World Cup campaign in style with a 50-6 thrashing of Wales in their Pool C fixture on Saturday.

A record was set for the PNG LNG Kumuls in their lop-sided result at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby in front of 14,800 people.

It was PNG’s first win over Wales after three losses, the first of which was a 68-0 humiliation in Swansea 26 years ago.

Local fans celebrated as the Michael Marum-coached side ran in 10 tries in a dominant performance.

The Kumuls conceded a consolation try in the 80th minute to Dragons winger Regan Grace, who capitalised on a botched take in goal by Garry Lo.

Aside from that blemish, the home side’s defence was up to the mark with the Dragons struggling to come to terms with the conditions as well as the style of the Kumuls.

Kumuls skipper David Mead became the first PNG player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup.

“Obviously we will take a lot of confidence out of this game but we still believe that we got to improve in terms of our attack and defence and we were talking about that when we came off the field and there are couple of things which we can fix up and improve,” a gracious Mead said.

“The boys were getting pretty excited when they were getting arms free and finding a lot of space but errors kind of let Wales off the hook a bit so we could’ve done a bit more damage I thought,” Mead said

Second-rower Rhyse Martin, pictured, tallied the most points by a Kumul from a World Cup match.

He scored two tries and kicked five goals for an 18-point haul.

Vice-captain Ase Boas also played an understated but crucial role in the win with five try assists.

In humid conditions in PNG’s nation’s capital, the Kumuls took advantage from the beginning with a try by Mead in the 5th minute which Boas failed to convert from out wide.

Dominating field position, it did not take long for the Michael Marum-coached side to strike again as Mead got his second of the day five minutes later, although the conversion looked easy for Boas, the Kumul five-eighth pushed it wide indicating that his left knee injury was affecting his goal kicking.

The Kumuls found a lot of space to run through the back-pedalling Wales defence and centre Nene Macdonald bagged himself a try.

The back end of the opening half saw the Welshman tire as the Kumuls scored two more converted tries through Kato Ottio and Wellington Albert for a 26-0 lead at halftime.

Martin was the first to score three minutes into the second half.
The second-rower grabbed his second for the day on the 53rd minute but failed to add the extras.

Winger Justin Olam put his name on the score board after chasing a Martin short-side grubber.

Mead scored his third try in the last quarter of the game to push the score into the 40s.

PNG’s last try of the day came from veteran Paul Aiton, who found a hole off a Kurt Baptiste pass with eight minutes remaining on the clock, Martin converted for his side to hit the half century mark.

PNG 50 (David Mead 3, Rhyse Martin 2, Kato Ottio, Nene Macdonald, Justin Olam, Wellington Albert, Paul AIton tries; Martin 5 con) Wales 6 (Reagan Grace try; Courtney Davies con).

O’Neill Outlines Importance of History

BY : The National

 

It is important that Australia and Papua New Guinea continue to engage and educate young generations about the shared history of the countries, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says.

O’Neill said at the Ralph Honner oration dinner in Sydney, Australia, on Friday that the event acknowledged one of the true heroes of the Kokoda Track campaign and commemorated the key battles fought in PNG during WWII.

“The Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF) undertakes vital work in some of the remotest areas in PNG, through funding projects in education, healthcare and leadership development. You are helping people and communities around our country,” he said.

“We are very encouraged by this work in education and health in particular, and supporting the delivery of free education policy.

“This has enabled more than one million more young Papua New Guineans, who have never been to school. They were able to go to school for the first time over the last five years, 50 per cent of these new students are young Papua New Guinean girls.”

O’Neill thanked the Australian government for partnering the PNG government to improve facilities along the track.

“This work is also enhancing the healthcare and community projects for village communities along the track,” O’Neill said.

“This important work is further enabling a number of young Australians and young Papua New Guineans to walk the tracks in future.”

He said PNG would continue to work with the Australian government, KTF, Returned Services League of Australia and local ex-service organisations to ensure the sacrifices would not be forgotten but acknowledged.

Great Win

By : The National

 

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has congratulated the Kumuls on their 50-6 World Cup victory over Wales, saying they have done the nation proud.

“This is the first time we have ever beaten Wales in the history of the Rugby League World Cup, and the highest points scored by our Kumuls in the history of the competition,” he said.

“The team performed strongly against a solid team from Wales.”

More than 14,000 people watched the match at the National Football Stadium on Saturday as the first matches of the 2017 World Cup got underway.

O’Neill reminded the team not to be complacent as there were some more strong teams to meet.

“Maintain your focus, stick to your training regime, and carry the heart of our nation on your jerseys,” he said.

He was also relieved to hear that coach Michael Marum was in good spirits after being given medical care during the game for cramps.

“Michael has put his mind and soul into the Kumuls, and he is a great leader of his team,” he said.

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