Market upgrade to start

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By Gynnie Kero

VENDORS at Gordon Market in Port Moresby will be relocated to a new area to make way for redevelopment work, according to National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop.
Parkop unveiled a new plan for the market yesterday.
“It has taken us over two years since the groundbreaking and it’s final now,” he said.
The redevelopment of the infrastructure at the K30 million market would be counter-funded by the New Zealand government and National Capital District Commission (NCDC).
Speaking at the event yesterday, New Zealand High Commissioner Sue Mackwell said  her government was pleased to be supporting NCDC redevelop Gordon Market.
“We are contributing K15 million to upgrade the market infrastructure,” she said.
“The redeveloped Gordon Market, when combined with ongoing improvements to the market’s management, will deliver real benefits.
“The new market will be more efficient, safer and cleaner.
“It will allow market vendors and producers to increase their incomes.
“In addition, the redeveloped market will provide healthy food to customers, act as a source of revenue for local governments and operate as a social space that strengthens communities.
“Agriculture is a key priority for the PNG Government. The New Zealand government is working to support this.
“We have supported agricultural development in PNG since Independence, and are currently delivering projects to improve the operation of the fresh produce supply chain.
“Our work programme includes another similar redevelopment of the main market in Lae, which is currently in its early stages.
“Our funding supports NCDC to deliver this landmark project, and also forms a key part of the ‘Port Moresby: A Safe City for Women and Girls’ project between NCDC and UN Women.”
Construction of the new market will start next month.
Mackwell said NZ looked forward to continuing to work with partners NCDC, UN Women, Fletcher Morobe, GHD Ltd, and others to deliver the new Gordon Market.
“With approximately 1500 registered vendors, Gordon Market is the country’s largest fresh produce market,” she said.
“The infrastructure upgrades will include improved market infrastructure and facilities, improved sanitation and safer traffic and pedestrian flow around the market.
“Fletcher Morobe is the design and building contractor for the project.”


Source  :  The National

PNG Power reconnects Easipay after blackout

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PNG Power yesterday restored the Easipay system after encountering technical problems earlier in the week.
Acting chief executive officer Alex Oa told The National that the customer services unit at the PNG Power headquarters in Hohola was the only outlet working.
It was inundated by Port Moresby residents wanting to purchase power units.
Oa said technical faults led to Easipay database collapsing.
“Prior to opening up our vending sites (yesterday), we ran a test at our headquarters in Port Moresby and the system was all good to go,” he said.
“In order to control traffic to prevent overloading the system, and prevent another crash, PNG Power opened up vending at its offices nationwide at noon (yesterday).
“It then proceeded to opening up the other Easipay vending sites in shops around the country at 3pm, followed by SMS/Mobile purchase after 5pm.”
He said the problem was nationwide affecting all customers who were using the Easipay meter system.


Source  :  The National

PNG partners UNDP, global fund to develop early warning systems

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A PROPOSED multi-million dollar government project supported by the United Nations Development Programme aims to develop early warning systems for natural disasters in the country.
It plans to seek “significant” funding support from the Green Climate Fund to help the country adapt to climate change.
UNDP deputy resident representative Tracy Vienings, pictured, said: “This project aims to develop early warning systems for many different hazards in PNG.
“If the government and people are warned before a disaster occurs, they will be better prepared to deal with the disaster.
“The government’s Climate Change Development Authority (CCDA), with assistance from UNDP, is seeking significant funding from the Green Climate Fund to develop a multi-hazard early warnings system.”
PNG continues to suffer from avoidable deaths and serious damage caused by droughts, floods, landslides, storms and frost.  These hazards are worsened by climate change.
Between 1997 and 2002, landslides affected 19,707 people, killed 128 people, and cost the government more than K1 million.
The Green Climate Fund is to support the efforts of countries to respond to the challenge of climate change.
It assists countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
The proposed project had been developed over the past 12 months.
A workshop yesterday was to validate and agree on the different project activities.
The stakeholders at the workshop included the National Weather Service, National Maritime Safety Authority, Conservation and Environment Protection Authority, Department of Agriculture and National Agriculture Research Centre and members of the Adaptation Technical Working Group.


Source  :  The National

New poll: Labour out in front, but NZ First has fallen

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Labour is leading National by four points in tonight’s 1News Colmar Brunton poll, with Labour up 1 point to 44 per cent and National also up one to 40 per cent.

The gap between the two big parties has stayed the same as last week’s Colmar Brunton poll.

The biggest movement has been in support for the smaller parties, with New Zealand First down three points to 6 per cent and the Greens up two points to 7 per cent.

The results are markedly different from Newshub’s Reid Research poll on Tuesday this week, which had National ahead on 47.3 per cent (up four points in ) and Labour on 37.8 per cent (down 1.6) and the Greens out of Parliament altogether. New Zealand First was on 6 per cent.

But few believed that National had taken such a big lead and most party insiders thought the contest was much closer.

The significance of tonight’s 1 News poll is that New Zealand First does not have the “kingmaker” role that it has held in most polls this term.

The full 1 News Colmar Brunton results:

– Labour 44 (up 1)
– National 40 (up 1)
– Greens 7 (up 2)
– NZ First 6 (down 3)
– The Opportunities Party 2 (no change)
– Maori Party 1 (down 1)
– Act 0.6 (no change)

If the poll were translated to seats in the House Labour’s 55 and the Green Party’s 8 would allow it form a majority coalition Government, without needing New Zealand First.

National with 48 seats and New Zealand First’s seven, would not be able to form a Government, even with the Maori Party’s one and Act’s 1.

Jacinda Ardern is ahead of Bill English in the preferred Prime Minister stakes on 34 per cent (down 1), with Bill English on 32 per cent (up one). New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is steady on five percent.

In the first Colmar Brunton poll after Jacinda Ardern took over the Labour leadership, Labour had climbed to 37 per cent against National’s 44 per cent.

By the second poll, in late August, Labour was ahead of National by 43 per cent to 41 per cent.

Last week’s had Labour steady on 43 per cent and National slipping to 39 per cent.

Father jailed for beating, impregnating intellectually impaired daughter

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A Hawke’s Bay man has been jailed for the decade-long physical and sexual abuse of his intellectually impaired daughter who he also impregnated.

The man, who has automatic name suppression to protect the identity of his daughter, will spend the next five years and five months behind bars after admitting a representative charge of incest and six charges of assaulting a female, one of which was also representative.

Other charges, including rape and injuring with intent to injure, were withdrawn by the Crown during sentencing in the Hamilton District Court today.

The court heard the abuse began when the victim began living with her father, his wife and their daughter in 2005.

She had previously never had anything to do with her father who is now aged 56.

Once in his care, the man became controlling and when she disagreed with what he said he would assault her.

A sexual relationship began soon afterwards, a relationship which the victim did not want.

After two years and fed up, she packed her bags. Angry, the man slapped her and placed his hands around her neck.

She left the home and moved to the South Island.

After a while, the man got back in touch with the victim and said he had left his wife and was not so angry anymore.

She agreed to move back in with him and the pair set up in Wellington. In December 2008 she received treatment for her first abortion.

They both then moved to Hamilton and the abuse continued, which also included controlling her social media accounts and ensuring she remained distant from her friends.

During 2015 and the beginning of 2016, there were a series of violent sexual encounters where the man would beat her up and then have sex with her.

In March 2016 she was again treated for an abortion and it was there that the victim spoke to a counsellor about the ongoing abuse.

The victim agreed to go to police and an investigation commenced.

Crown prosecutor Jacinda Foster said the victim, while an adult, was a particularly vulnerable person given her intellectual impairment and controlling influence that her father had over her.

“There was nothing of a loving or supportive or caring nature about this relationship.

“This relationship was categorised by the power and control over his intellectually impaired daughter and dominated her life for a lengthy period … I have been unable, in researching, to identify cases where there is the level of physical violence that there is present in this case within an incestuous relationship.”

In her victim impact statement, the woman described how she had since “lost her sense of herself” and her independent identity.

The man’s lawyer Tom Sutcliffe said while it was a bad case it “wasn’t the worst of its type”.

He asked Judge Glen Marshall to take into account his client’s age and health when deciding on a jail term.

He had no previous convictions for which he should receive credit as well as pleading guilty which saved the victim from a “traumatic trial”.

Judge Marshall described the offending as “sustained abuse” over a 10-year period that involved a significant breach of trust.

“A child of a parent is entitled to, even in later years, the protection, love and support of a parent – not physical and sexual abuse.”

He said the offending was also violent and premeditated – it wasn’t just an isolated error of judgment – and had a profound impact on the victim.

In handing down the prison term, he declined to issue a minimum non-parole period as requested by the crown.


Source  :  New Zealand Herald

Kiwi singer dies three months after near death experience

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A Kiwi singer who had a near-death experience earlier this year and wrote about being given a second chance at life has tragically died, leaving three daughters behind.

Alicia Kirkpatrick, 29, lead singer in reggae band Foundation, died in her mother’s arms just over two weeks ago after a medical event.

Her death came just three months after an asthma attack that very nearly took her life.

In a Facebook post in May, Kirkpatrick said it was “crazy” to think she might not have survived it.

“I had an asthma attack and I stopped breathing, heart stopped beating and I was dead for 20 minutes.

“I am so grateful for my two aunts who worked their butts off to bring me back to life.

“Words will never express the gratitude I have for them both and for the man upstairs for not needing me right now and giving me a second chance at life, for I have too much to live for here on this earth and so much more to accomplish.”

Today, sister Kimberlee Kirkpatrick told the Herald the family was heartbroken and struggling to cope.

Alicia, as the eldest child to David Kirkpatrick and Michelle Brown, had always been seen by her younger siblings as their second mum.

“She was the backbone of our family, our rock – the one we used to turn to, being the oldest out of eight siblings.

“We have lost a big part of our hearts that we cannot get back. But [her] legacy lives on not only in music, but [her] three beautiful girls.”

The whanau is now rallying to support Kirkpatrick’s three young daughters: Maia, 11, Jaezahn, 9, and 16-month-old Coco.

Kimberlee acknowledged how proud her sister was of her girls who she raised on her own.

“[Her] greatest achievement in life was being an awesome, loving, caring mum … I always admired how she brought up her three girls on her own and achieved everything she wanted to, no matter how hard things got.”

As well as being a proud mum, Kirkpatrick had done a wide range of modelling roles and was well-known in music circles around New Zealand.

She was the lead singer for Kiwi reggae band Foundation, having been involved with the group for about six years. The band has played alongside various reggae acts over the years including Herbs, Tomorrow People, Three Houses Down and Katchafire.

Before that, as a teenager, she was heavily involved in local musical acts, shows and festivals around the country but particularly in the Hawke’s Bay area and Gisborne, where her family hails from.

Kimberlee, just a year younger than her big sister, said their last conversation was a happy one.

“I can’t remember when it was, but the last thing I said to her was to take care of herself and that I love her – and that we would talk soon.

“When I got told about her passing, my heart shattered into a million pieces. I just broke down. I was a mess,” she said.

“I promised her [that] her babies will be okay and for her to please give me the strength to carry on because I don’t know how I’m going to cope without her.”

Kirkpatrick is survived by her daughters, parents and siblings Kimberlee, Samantha, David, Brittany, Shania, Michelle and Jessie.



Source  :  New Zealand Herald