Lae

Great job by low risk prisoners

Under the Lae City Authority-Buimo CIS Rehabilitation Program, inmates are engaged to clean up and beautify the city.

On Monday (July 13) morning, low risk inmates from the Buimo CS facility in Lae were in their working gear, cleaning up the Eriku Roundabout and Lae Show Roundabout - Bumbu Road areas.

The Lae MP noted good progress under the Lae City Authority-Buimo CIS Rehabilitation Program.

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Initiative to aid Lae families affected by COVID-19

This initiative of the Lae City Authority, working with the PNG-Australia partnership and the Westpac bank, will assist families, mainly widows and mothers, who have lost their only form of income through the COVID-19 pandemic.

These women would be identified by ward councillors from the 6 wards of Lae Urban and 17 wards of Ahi LLG to be part of this program.

Lae MP, John Rosso, said this program will be for six months, starting July, with Westpac bank opening bank accounts and conducting financial literacy training for participants.

Order finally brought to Lae bus stops

While Port Moresby, East New Britain and Eastern Highlands were following the state of emergency protocol, it was business as usual in PNG’s second largest city.

This newsroom received reports that buses were overloaded with passengers while social distancing was far from the agenda as people crowded the sidewalks or waited in line at the bank.

However, by 4pm this afternoon, some form of order was brought about when police officers made sure commuters adhered to social distancing while 25-seater buses were not permitted to carry more than 15 passengers.

Fight against plastic pollution in Lae

The billboards feature winning drawings from a poster competition run during a World Environment Day event hosted by WGJV in June 2019.

Primary school students from Bowali, Amba, Butibam, Huonville, St Martin and Milfordhaven displayed their best drawings on the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ and resulted in winning posters picked by a panel of judges.

The drawings were turned into billboards and placed around Lae City.

Minista i lukluk long pasin bilong stilim graun

Em i tok pasin bilong stilim nating graun em i kamap bikpela long Lae na nau Minista i laik lukluk long en.

“Mipela bai lukluk long Lae long sekim ol stilman bilong graun. Bai mipela sekim ol fail bilong ol, mipela bai lukluk long olgeta pak o ples bilong stap malolo na ol narapela hap bilong gavman long Lae. Em bai namba wan wok mi bai wokim long kisim bek ol samting bilong gavman long wei bilong lo,” Rosso i mekim dispela toktok long taim em i kisim opis long Tunde dispela wik.

Mobile squad foils armed holdup

At about 1.30pm on Friday, the unit, whilst on routine patrol, came across three men acting suspiciously.

When the Mobile Squad unit stopped to check on them, all three made a dash for it. The MS13 members pursued on foot and apprehended one of them.

The suspect, from Eastern Highlands, had in his possession a homemade gun, two live bullets and a hood. Upon questioning, he revealed that he and the other two were planning to carry out an armed hold up on vehicles travelling the highway.

Rowdy drunks instigate fighting, market closes

A fight started on Wednesday afternoon but was stopped by Police.

However, it started up again yesterday morning and broke out onto the Highway, making the road unsafe for the travelling public.

“The fight started from men and women who turned rowdy after consuming homebrew,” reported police.

“The fighting is between people from Simbu and Southern Highlands.

“Three-Mile Police Station Commander, Senior Constable Sam Topurua, supported by Special Response Unit 102 and Rural Response Unit under the PPC Morobe, have told the people there will be no mediation.

Fighting will not solve anything: Wagambie Jnr

This was the message from the Lae metropolitan superintendent to the residents of Busurum compound.

Confrontations at the Busurum Compound claimed the lives of two young East Sepik men on separate occasions.

A youth was killed last week following disagreements over ownership of a small crocodile.

Lae police report that when the two involved parties met on Sunday at Busurum compound to sort out repatriation and funeral expenses, another fight broke out, which resulted in the death of the second youth.

Suspect caught attempting to hijack vehicles

At about 8.30am, a member of public called the Police Toll Free number, reporting an individual who was armed and attempting to hijack vehicles.

The Police Operations room got a description of the armed offender with his exact location, then sent the message by police radio.

It was reported that the suspect was located somewhere past the second seven dump, towards Bumayong.

Special Response Unit 104, who cover this area, were close by and promptly responded.

The suspect, in the process of capture, was wounded in the foot and apprehended.

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DPM on three-day Lae visit

The DPM and Governor were joined by the Members for Lae Open, John Rosso, and Finschhafen Open, Rainbow Paita, as they spent the day visiting a number of significant private sector investments.

Opening the latest K20 million upgrade to the Coca-Cola plant, the Deputy Prime Minister said: “It is encouraging to see our policy changes, including tariff adjustments, have given the private sector confidence to be making substantial investments like this.”