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Miss Png On Path To Promote Tourism

Source: PC Online

BY JERRY SEFE

The 2017 Miss Pacific Islands pageant continues to grow and has proven so much over the years that the annual event is not just about beauty contest but a testament for Pacific women.

The event creates a platform for the contestants to play crucial roles within their respective communities in bringing about changes to create a positive environment for all.

In doing so, it’s also recognised as a launching pad that helps women and young girls excel in life changing careers to be role models for the ever growing female population in the Pacific nation.

In a recent Miss Pacific Island contest in Nadi, Fiji, nine contestants were given the privilege to represent their countries to speak on issues affecting their respective communities and societies in bringing about positive outcomes on how to address these issues.

During the event an in-depth presentation were delivered by the ladies on their selected interview topics on the issues of gender equality, education, tourism, politics, culture, climate change, technology, environment and health.

Miss PNG, Niawali Twain, (pictured) who was the Papua New Guinea MPIP ambassador, presented discussions on what type of tourism the Pacific region should focus on.

Miss Twain spoke about niche markets such as natural, wellness, beauty, health, culture and sports that are now putting Pacific Island nations on the global.

She said ecotourism in fact promotes preservation of the natural environment and it is important to the Pacific because of its long term sustainable development, low carbon footprints, and has positive impact on local economies.

“Cultural tourism preserves our traditions, as well as wellness tourism where all in the region have natural wellness ingredients readily available to everyone” said Twain.

Meanwhile the fundamental aspect of the topics presented by the pageants was to ensure everyone have equal access to resources and opportunities including economic participation and decision making to empower their nations.

Twain said through carrying out proper awareness and educating people which is the key to drive the people of the Pacific forward in future.

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Miss PNG Flying Our Flag at Fiji Pageant

By : The National

 

MISS Papua New Guinea 2017 Niawali Anastasia Twain is among the nine beauty queens contesting the annual Miss Pacific Islands pageant in Fiji.

Twain, 23, from West New Britain and Manus, travelled to Nadi on Wednesday on Air Niugini and was accorded a special welcome by the crew and invited to the cockpit.

The participating this year come from American Samoa, Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and, for the first time in the 40-year history of the pageant, a Miss Rapanui from Easter Islands.

The event is being hosted by the Nadi Town Council at Prince Charles Park, costing F$200,000 (about K330,000) as part of a tourism drive.

The theme this year is “Climate Change to sustain our islands –based on the COP23 Outcomes”.

The programme proper will begin next Wednesday, Dec 6, with a topic presentation, stage interview and sarong wear show.

The crowning in next Saturday.

The crown is held by Miss Pacific Islands Fiji Anne Dunn.

Miss Papua New Guinea Abigail Havora was crowned Miss Pacific Islands in 2015.

Let The Games Begin

BY NICOLE JOANNES ( Post Courier )

Skydivers jumping from 6000 feet with the huge PNG flag followed by a colourful display of fireworks are part of the grand opening of the 7th BSP PNG Games in the West New Britain capital Kimbe tomorrow.

The day will begin with a traditional canoe that will leave Kulungi beach carrying chiefs from Talasea to the San Remo beach, not far from the main stadium.

The chiefs will be received by Governor Sasindran Muthuvel, mayor Jackson Endo and a Bakovi chief Gabriel Bakani, a cultural significance that the chiefs are releasing the sporting facilities for the PNG Games to be held.

All provincial teams will then assemble at Independence Park where they will experience “Pasin West” during which they will be given foodstuff and a pig each.

All teams will then move to the main Muthuvel Stadium for the provincial teams marchpast and speeches to be followed by skydiving and fireworks.

Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae will officially open the 7th BSP PNG Unity Games.

A total of 16 teams have confirmed their attendance, with four teams – National Capital District, Central, East New Britain and Morobe – already in Kimbe. Teams New Ireland, Western, Enga and Hela, Western Highlands and Jiwaka have not confirmed their participation.

The Games will begin on Monday, November 20, and a total of 24 codes will be played. The Games end on December 2 with the Queen’s baton relay.

Twain to Represent PNG at Pacific Pageant

By : The National

 

MISS Queen Emma Chocolates Nialawin Twain will represent the country at the Miss Pacific Islands pageant to be held in Fiji from Dec 2 to 9.

Patron Linda Babao-O’Neill said the pageant not only empowered young people but was also a platform “to showcase and preserve our culture, traditions, and our way of life”.

She said Twain would be the cultural ambassador at the regional pageant and the climate change advocate for the country.

“PNG and other Pacific Islands countries remain extremely vulnerable to the climate change that include extreme tropical storms, severe droughts and sea level rising in coastal communities and much more,” Babao-O’Neill said.

“This ongoing disaster needs to be stopped.”

Twain, born and raised in Morobe, is employed by the Korobosea Medical Clinic, and is hoping to complete a medical laboratory science programme next year.

“I believe the pageant is a leadership building arena that has changed perceptions, impacted lives and can inspire change,” she said.

Twain also received awards for best topic, best sarong wea and best traditionally-inspired dress.

Miss Kuna Taberia Kiruwi Esther Aiga received the Miss Tourism Award, Miss International Training Institute Shiella Yama received the Miss Friendship and second runner-up awards, Miss Balance Fund Renee Siaguru received best talent and first runner-up awards, Miss After Dark Fashion Rachel Ezekiel received Miss Photogenic and third runner-up awards, and Miss Institute of Business Studies University Rosemary Lawih received the patron’s award.

Chairperson Molly O’Rourke said another important aspect of the pageant was the scholarship fund which assisted young women to complete or continue their education in tertiary institutions.

Since the inception of the pageant in 2011, the committee had raised more than K600,000 and assisted 193 women to continue or complete their education in colleges and tertiary institutions.

O’Neill: Come in Red, Gold and Black

The National

By GYNNIE KERO

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill is calling on people attending the match against the US Hawks on Sunday to turn up in the national colours of red, black and gold.

He urged the nation to send off the Kumuls to Melbourne for the Rugby League World Cup quarterfinals next week on a high.

On the first two matches against Wales and Ireland, he said: “It was great to see mums and dads, together with their children, attending the two games and supporting the PNG LNG Kumuls”.

“These are proud moments for us as a country of a thousand tribes, but united by a one common theme – rugby league.”
O’Neill said hosting the three matches had provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase Papua New Guinea to the world through live television coverage to more than 100 countries with an estimated television audience of 25 million.

“Papua New Guinea sends our very best wishes to the PNG LNG Kumuls against the United States, and also in the quarter finals in Melbourne,” O’Neill said.

Contestants Begin Activities With Church Service

By PETER ESILA ( The National )

 

THE six contestants in this year’s Miss Pacific Islands Pageant PNG opened their week of activities in the lead-up to the Nov 11 crowning with a church service yesterday at the St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Port Moresby.

Fr Peter Moi, told the contestants and the congregation that “the greatest amongst us is the one who is humble and who serves others, people who offer their services to others.”

The six contestants with reigning Miss Pacific Island PNG Kellyanne Limbiye and the pageant’s chaperone Antonia Singut were blessed by the Anglican Bishop of NCD, Central and Gulf Diocese Danny Bray Guka.

“It is a national event, everyone will be praying for you, strength and courage come from the Lord,” Guka told the contestants.

He also told them that the pageant would have an influence on them and they would not be the same again.

He urged them to become good role models for young people.

Singut said the day was about reflecting on the spiritual needs and spiritual basis of character building that they would need throughout the pageant.

“We have been joining this congregation for the last couple of years during the pageant,” she said.

The contestants are Miss Pacific Balance Fund Renee Jasmine Siaguru, Miss IBS Rosemary Pawih, Miss ITI Sheilla Yama, Miss Queen Emma Chocolates Naiwali Twain, Miss After Dark Fashions Rachael Ezekiel and Miss KTK Esther Aiga.

The contestants will be have a week of activities in Port Moresby till the crowning ball on Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The pageant provides a platform for cultural ambassadors and for women to build their potentials as agents of positive change.

The winner from the six contestants will represent PNG in the regional pageant in Fiji next month.

 

Kumuls Hold off Gritty Irish in Scrappy Clash

By ISAAC LIRI  ( The National )

 

PAPUA New Guinea maintained their top spot in Pool C of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup after overcoming a fearless Ireland 14-6 in Port Moresby yesterday.

With the home side leading 8-6 most of the second half with the visitors threatening to spoil the party for the Kumuls, a fumble by Wolfhounds prop Kyle Amor in the 78th saw Kumuls halfback Watson Boas kick through the loose ball and win the race to the line to seal a tight win and ensure coach Michael Marum’s men make the quarterfinals with a game left to go in the pool stage.

Marum described the game afterwards as tough and scrappy with a lot of incomplete sets brought about by handling errors, poor ball security and some brutal defence by Ireland, who were led solidly by halfback Liam Finn.

“We expected the Irish to come hard at us but full credit to the boys for hanging in there with their defence,” Marum said.

“A lot of work needs to be done to get rid of those errors. We made 20 errors and we’ll work on that at training this week,” Marum said.

A disappointed but proud Ireland coach Mark Aston described the match as grand-final like, giving credit to his boys for standing up against the Kumuls.

“This game was like a grand final and both teams wanted the prize and we could have won it and our boys stood up and I think the Kumuls played well and they got out of jail today, we pushed hard and I’m proud of my boys and what we got out of this game,” Aston said.

Having good field position in the opening minutes of the first half, the visitors were first to draw points on the board with an early try from hooker Michael McIlorum, who scored off a mistake on the PNG line fielding a Finn bomb in the 7th minute of the game for a 6-0 lead.

The Kumuls came back firing when in some good field positions but coughed up their opportunities until the 17th minute when Castleford Tigers-bound Garry Lo dodged and weaved his way to the try line.

Lock Rhyse Martin failed to add the extras in windy conditions for the home side to trail 6-4.

The Kumuls added another try through St George Illawarra Dragons centre Nene Macdonald to lead 8-6 at the break.

The second half was a brutal 40 minutes as both sides traded hard tackles in the middle third of the field while trying to gain some ascendency.

It took a mistake by Ireland in the dying stages to give PNG the opening they needed and No.7 Boas obliged.

“Watson scored off an error and we were lucky there but we want to see our boys play better than that in the future,” Marum said.

PNG Kumuls 14 (Garry Lo, Nene Macdonald, Watson Boas tries; Ase Boas con) Ireland 6 (Michael McIlorum try; Liam Finn con) H/T: PNG 8 Ireland 6. Crowd: 14,800

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