Students hospitalized after been hit by PMV Bus

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Frustrated pedestrians at the 9-mile market in Port Moresby burnt a PMV Bus after it hit a student and bumped three taxi vehicles early this morning.

Eyewitnesses said angry commuters bashed the driver and his crew as police arrived on scene to calm the situation.
The eyewitnesses said the PMV bus lost control of its breaks as it made its way round the 9-mile roundabout to avoid hitting oncoming vehicles when it hit the student.

The bus was attempting to escape the scene when two police vehicles parked beside the market stopped it.
The student hit was rushed to Gerehu General Hospital whilst the driver and his crew were taken into custody by the police.

Meanwhile, residents at the 9-mile area have called on city authorities to look into setting up proper bus stops for commuters to avoid such an incident to happen again.
The frustrated residents said that responsible authorities should seriously look into setting up bigger and proper bus stops at the 9-mile area as most commuters risk standing along roadside to hop on PMV buses.  PNGFM

Source: http://news.pngfacts.com/

PNG Government imposes tough penalties for Illegal Use or Possession of Firearm

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People illegally using or possessing firearms will face jail terms of up to ten years and fines of up to K10,000 under strict new laws to be presented to Parliament in April.

The Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill , has announced that the National Executive Council has formally endorsed amendments to the Firearms Act that will increase penalties for offenders, and will work with the Government’s commitment to modernise the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

In making the announcement, the Prime Minister said there is no excuse for the illegal use of firearms, so criminals caught with weapons will be sentenced to long periods in jail and pay a significant amount of money in fines.

“I am sick and tired of reports of people illegally using weapons who are not sent to jail,” the Prime Minister said.

“This is not good enough for our families and our communities, so under the changes the law will get tough on weapons offenders.

“The illegal firing of a gun, dealing in illegal weapons, or making homemade guns will attract a range of penalties of between one and ten years in jail, and fines of up to K10,000.

“Papua New Guinea, and countries around the world, face similar problems with the illegal use of weapons, and we must take action to stop the criminals.

“Our Government earlier directed an audit of penalties, and the recommendations are that we must create real deterrents to the illegal use of firearms.

“So when the amendments to the Firearms Act are passed into law by the Parliament, anyone holding an illegal gun, or anyone who knows about an illegal weapon, better be ready for serious jail time when they are caught.

“The same goes for any misuse of weapons that will bring hefty fines and jail time.”

PM O’Neill said the review of Firearms Act is also in line with the Government’s program to modernise the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

“A review of the entire police force is underway that will deliver recommendations for NEC to consider.

“This review goes to core elements of policing, including command and control, training and organisational structures.

“Reforming the RPNGC is a significant task, surrounded by multiple challenges, and we are starting with the basics.

“We have committed and capable officers in the police, and we must empower these personnel and move aside those who do not make a contribution.”

 

Source : http://news.pngfacts.com/

Broncos v PNG Hunters Trial Match live updates

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We are delighted to bring the live updates of Lae Snacks Tigers v Fiji Aviators Melanesian Cup and PNG Hunters vs Brisbane Broncos Trial Match  from the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.
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Lae Snack Tigers  38  beat   Nadi Aviators 22  – Melanesian Cup

Brisbane Broncos 26 beat PNG Hunters 12 – Trial Match

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Police Graduates Told To Put People First

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243 graduate probational police Constables were told to put people first before their own interests.

That’s from Civil Aviation Minister Alfred Manase when speaking to the graduates as the guest of honour and reviewing officer after the parade.

The probational constables completed basic recruit training with a parade at the Bomana Police College today to commence to the next phase of 18 months training at the advanced skills branch or Competency Acquisition Programme (CAP) units.

The parade by the Constables Training Wing Intake 1 2017 signified the completion of six months training in the areas of:

-Basic Elements of law & GBV
-Police and Court procedures & Human rights
-Conflict resolution & First Aid
-Community Policing & Report Writing with Physical Skills

The Constables will now undergo the CAP units before confirmed and appointed to the rank of constable in the constabulary through police gazettal notice by the commissioner. PNGFM

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Power tools, passports and a pre-schooler left behind on Auckland buses

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Mobile phones are just some of the left-behind items NZ Bus duty supervisor Jo Anderson and her team deal with.

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Mobile phones are just some of the left-behind items NZ Bus duty supervisor Jo Anderson and her team deal with.

 NZ Bus duty supervisor Jo Anderson calls herself the Sherlock Holmes of the lost property department.

And like any good detective, Anderson goes to great lengths to crack a case.

She has used her snooping skills to successfully reunite owners with many items left on Auckland buses, including an architect with his irreplaceable project work and a gamer with a bag full of Dungeons & Dragons gear.

NZ Bus duty supervisor Jo Anderson, foreground, and her team at the control desk log lost items and try and reunite ...

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NZ Bus duty supervisor Jo Anderson, foreground, and her team at the control desk log lost items and try and reunite owners with their missing things.

 But some cases are more unusual than others.

Just before Christmas a child ended up in the NZ Bus depot’s lost property, Anderson said.

Umbrellas and small personal items often get left on public transport. (file photo)

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Umbrellas and small personal items often get left on public transport. (file photo)

 “We had a child here, she must have been about three or four, and basically the mother had three kids, they were doing their Christmas shopping in Newmarket at  277 [shopping mall] , it got a bit hectic the kids ran for a bus, but they must have run for separate buses and she kind of lost track of one,” Anderson said.

“We found the child, the driver brought her into the depot and then consequently for about two-and-a-half hours we were babysitters. [The mother] must have thought, ‘I’ll take advantage of this and finish my Christmas shopping’, so this little girl sat at the control desk watching Mickey Mouse cartoons and loving the attention.”

Anderson has also been able to reconnect a very grateful Brazilian tourist with the $5000 she misplaced in a travel wallet that had slipped down between the seat and the side of a bus on the City Link route.

“She came in and she was on the floor, she was kissing the ground, and she was ecstatic.”

But not everyone is as complimentary when trying to track down something left on the bus.

“If people realise something has gone missing, they will call in pretty much immediately, some people get quite irate with us, asking ‘why don’t we know where it is’,” Anderson said.

All items are logged in the lost property computer database, and Anderson recommended bus users “don’t lose faith” if an initial call to the depot does not immediately turn up the missing item.

“Call back the following day, sometimes a bus can be out on the road until midnight and it is not until the bus is back at the depot that cleaners find the items.”

The depot’s lost property phone line runs hot all day, every day, according to the team of people tasked with taking the calls.

Anderson said the lost child and missing money were extreme examples, but a skill saw, a set of suitcases, a folder of legal case notes and enough varied musical instruments to start an orchestra were among some of the more unusual items to pass across the lost property desk in recent times.

 

 The bus depot in Halsey St in central Auckland currently has a lost property cupboard and drawers brimming with the commonly left-behind items of sunglasses, wallets, cellphones, house keys, car keys, swipe cards, school uniform pieces and umbrellas.

Groceries also get forgotten when people exit the bus.

Wallets, cellphones and other electronics are kept at the depot for three months, clothing is kept for four weeks and perishable items like food is disposed of in 24 hours.

Any money from unclaimed wallets is given to the Auckland City Mission and over the years cellphones have been donated to recycling programmes like the the Starship Foundation Mobile Phone Appeal.

Passports are handed to police.

As much as Anderson enjoys solving a good mystery, she recommends the “forgetful” label their possessions with a name and phone number to increase the odds of stray items returning to their rightful owner in a timely manner.

 – Stuff

Takaka Hill road partially reopens, to the relief of those trapped in Golden Bay after Gita

Flag of New Zealand.svgJessie Oostervroek with son Kaden waits for her turn to drive over the hill.

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Jessie Oostervroek with son Kaden waits for her turn to drive over the hill.

 Takaka Hill has re-opened to traffic to the relief of thousands in Golden Bay who have been cutoff since ex-cyclone Gita hit the South Island last week.

A steady stream of cars, campervans and trucks carrying much needed supplies was making its way over the road on Sunday morning after it re-opened to a single lane at 9am.

Near the front of the line was Philip and Cathy Sim of Waikawa Bay in Picton.

The drive over Takaka Hill with the slips still visible.

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The drive over Takaka Hill with the slips still visible.

 They have an adult son with autism who needs to get home and they were considered a special case for priority travel.

“We are happy … the alternative way out with barge, bus and sea shuttle was never going to happen for us. It would be too stressful on our son.”

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A queue of campervans and cars on State Highway 60, waiting to cross the Takaka Hill. Golden Bay has been cut-off from the country since Tuesday afternoon after slips triggered by ex-Cyclone Gita closed the highway.

 They were full of praise for the women at the iSite who had been so helpful, their accommodation provider was also great letting them stay longer and sorting out the bill when they get home.

Neil Bermingham arrived at 5am and needed to get home to Richmond. He questioned where people with information were at the road block and previously in Takaka.

“I just think Civil Defence (information) has been non-existent.”

A woman hula hoops while she waits in the queue of cars waiting to cross the Takaka Hill.

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A woman hula hoops while she waits in the queue of cars waiting to cross the Takaka Hill.

 Mum Jessie Oostervroek was also keen to get out of Golden Bay. She is moving to the North Island and has a ferry booked.

She has moved out of her accommodation in the bay in preparation for the move.

“It’s very stressful. If we can’t get back today we are a bit stuck.”

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Signs inside a vehicle waiting to travel across the Takaka Hill highway on Sunday. The road has been reopened for essential travel only.

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Civil defence volunteers were talking to drivers coming from Golden Bay on the hill near the slips on the Riwaka side and at the base of the hill at Riwaka.

They warned drivers that the road was wet and narrow in some places.The huge slips caused by the remnants of Cyclone Gita on Tuesday were visible.

Neil Bermingham, left, with Linda and Steve Ellison wait to get out of Golden Bay.

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Neil Bermingham, left, with Linda and Steve Ellison wait to get out of Golden Bay.

 The road was dusty in places due to the dried silt however, the drive over was surprisingly straightforward with next to no hold-ups and the road, although down to one lane in places, was in better condition than expected. It took about 40 mins from Upper Takaka to Riwaka.

Some people arrived as early as 5am on Sunday to secure a place in the queue on the Takaka side, with some in campervans choosing to stay overnight.

The long line at the road block at Upper Takaka formed on the wrong side of the road. The lack of information about how the road would be opened was frustrating for some, and a couple of cars that jumped the queue caused tempers to flare.

A collection of different accents could be heard in the queue, with one group of people waiting together from Holland, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland and England.

People were generally calm – but the stress of the situation was obvious.

There was no visible Civil Defence presence at the road block and police arrived at 8.20am. A policeman at the scene would not comment, and said the operation was not being run by police.

NZ Transport Agency system manager Frank Porter said vehicles would be able to cross the hill until 5pm today for essential travel.

Only one direction will be allowed to travel at a time so people should expect long wait times between convoys and come prepared with food and water.

Given the road condition, NZTA said pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles towing caravans, boats or trailers, truck and trailer units or over-dimension units were not permitted to travel over the hill.

If conditions deteriorated, the road would be closed.

Beyond Sunday, the road would be closed so crews could continue with repair works.

“We are aiming to provisionally open the road for a limited period at 7am and again at 5pm each day to allow for essential travel, subject to weather and the condition of the road,” Porter said.

“We ask that people be patient as the wait could be several hours and if we are to provide travel on Sunday, please don’t take your frustrations out on the crews working on site.”

 

Source – Stuff

Search under way for missing hunter, aged in 70s, on Stewart Island

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A rescue helicopter has been sent to Stewart Island after a hunting party let off a locator beacon. (File photo)

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A rescue helicopter has been sent to Stewart Island after a hunting party let off a locator beacon. (File photo)

 A search is under way for a missing hunter on Stewart Island.

A Dunedin rescue helicopter was sent to the island soon after 9am on Sunday after a hunting party set off a locator beacon.

Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand spokeswoman Sandra Ford said the helicopter reached the beacon site and found three of the four hunters.

The party of four had been out hunting but one man, aged in his 70s, had not returned to the hut, she said.

“Three out of the four made it to the hut and one is still out, so it’s basically a land search now.”

Police have taken over the search operation.

The helicopter crew which located the beacon would now be used to search for the missing hunter, she said.

 

Source – The Southland Times

Man injured in Omanawa Falls plunge remains in Tauranga Hospital

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Injured Auckland man stable in Tauranga Hospital after falling at Omanawa Falls. Photo/Andrew Warner

An Auckland man injured after falling from Omanawa Falls is in stable condition in Tauranga Hospital this morning.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter winched the 30-year-old out of the area and transferred him to an ambulance to be taken to Tauranga Hospital just after 5pm last night,

St John Ambulance spokesman Gerald Campbell earlier said the patient had suffered moderate injuries as result of the fall.

Search and Rescue personnel were called to the scene but were not required.

A Tauranga Hospital spokeswoman told the Bay of Plenty Times that the Auckland man was in a stable condition in a hospital ward this morning.

 

Source :  New Zealand Herald

Top scientist’s climate-friendly, flight-free 2018

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One of New Zealand’s best-known scientists has vowed to be “kinder to our climate” by swapping planes for trains this year.

University of Auckland physicist and science commentator Professor Shaun Hendy wants to set an example to others with his one-man campaign, dubbed #nofly2018.

Already, that’s meant travelling to Wellington by train – and heading back to Auckland by overnight bus.

Hendy was inspired by a talk by Professor Quentin Atkinson, a fellow Auckland University researcher and an expert in how cultures change and evolve, who explained why we believe things even when there is no evidence, or the evidence is against us.

“He made the point we often put faith in people who make sacrifices that demonstrate the strength of their conviction,” said Hendy, who directs the university-based centre of research excellence, Te Punaha Matatini.

“People who walk the talk can be more convincing than those who just talk.”

That got him thinking about scientists and climate change.

“We tell people the world is warming as we continue to emit carbon dioxide, yet the typical scientist has a much bigger carbon footprint than the average person, because of the travel we do.”

“Traveling to Antarctica for field work or presenting your work at a conference in Hawaii is one of the perks of the job.”

Because of this, there was a growing movement in science to reduce the amount of traveling scientists do.

Global air travel accounts for 2.5 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – roughly the same contribution as Germany – and mobility accounts for a large proportion of science’s carbon footprint.

Recent research has found that climate researchers with low carbon footprints were viewed as more credible than those whose personal energy use was high – something that led many to question climate campaigner Al Gore’s own carbon footprint.

Some figures in science, like the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Peter Kalmus, had now stopped flying altogether.

“I thought I would try something less drastic – not flying for a year – hoping that it might be something that other scientists would try.”

For Hendy, who works closely with the Government on a range of projects, and who found himself flying to Wellington at least once a month last year, his self-imposed air-ban wouldn’t be easy.

 

But he had some ways to work around it.

“This year I’ll take the train or bus down and stay for longer – replacing a couple of dozen flights with a few train trips and a lot of video-conferencing,” he said.

“I think it is doable if I plan well, but it will mean missing some events and spending more time away from home.”

Hendy has also been working for nearly 10 years with scientists at the University of Sydney on how to use nanotechnology to produce clean water.

While they meet regularly via video conference, the collaboration typically involves at least one or two face-to-face sessions a year.

“This year we may find it more difficult to crack some of the challenges we are still work.”

His first big overland trip, fittingly, was to last week’s Pacific Climate Change Conference in Wellington, and proved the first time in 30 years that he’d taken a train through the North Island.

“It was a beautiful journey, and I was able to work most of the way on my laptop.

“But I was surprised to find it only goes three times a week, which meant I had to go down on a Saturday for a Monday meeting.

“It also means I will have to go back by bus, which won’t be as easy to work on.”

Hendy said Atkinson was joining his effort, and others colleagues had also shown some interest in doing the same.

“The climate is changing, not in a good way – it’s bad, and it will be much, much worse unless we get our act together.”

“I hope people see what we are doing and get the message that scientists are worried about the climate.”

“I also want to show that it’s possible to make changes in the way we live and work to be kinder on our climate.

“It’s actually up to those of us who, like scientists, live relatively privileged lives to make these changes first.

“We have the biggest impact and are best equipped to make the changes.”

Source :  New Zealand Herald

Harder than meth: The drug that’s killing Kiwis at an alarming rate

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It used to be legal and was readily available in dairies around New Zealand.

Now it has been dubbed the drug that has ruined thousands of Kiwis’ lives.

In 2017 the now illegal drug killed 25 people – and is now considered the deadliest illegal drug in New Zealand history.

Synthetic cannabis, better known as the “zombie drug”, is being churned out in underground labs and is up to 70 times more potent than naturally-grown cannabis.

The drug has claimed many lives, including cutting short the life of a promising 17-year-old rugby player from West Auckland.

Speaking to Vice NZ, the 17-year-old’s best friend Trey described what it was like to see “little kids” vomiting and having seizures in the middle of the street before the deadly drug claimed his friend’s life.

He said seeing his friend die and himself coming close to death shocked him into getting clean.

“I used to smoke an ounce of synthetics in two days. I was real bad, I’m surprised I’m still alive,” he said.

“I’ve been off it for like two years. And when I’m on it, I feel like I’m a different person – I feel like I can’t control my own body. And when I’m off it I’m more motivated, I feel more normal you know.

“I feel like I can do stuff that I actually dreamed of doing when I was on synthetics.”

He described the drug as “grappling” and “addictive”, saying that his friend was ambitious and outgoing until he fell victim to the synthetics.

Recovering addict Tamarra, who smoked the zombie drug since she was 13, believes the cheap price tag is what has led to many people being hooked on the drug.

The 20-year-old West Aucklander has pinned the blame on the Government for the carnage synthetic cannabis has created on the streets of New Zealand.

“I was 13 when I started synthetics. This s**t was way cheaper than weed and had much more of an effect.

“The Government is to blame. Why bring a drug out and have it legalised so widely, put it in so many shops, put it around the whole entire country, and then get all these people addicted … and then just take it away and make it illegal?,” she told Vice.

“Of course it’s going to go underground, and then people are going to start making sh** that is harmful, and that’s what’s happened.”

Emergency medicine doctor and toxicologist, Dr Chip Gresham, said the emergence of synthetic cannabinoids had forced a shift in how emergency staff operated.

“Now, we’ve seen so many seizures from synthetic cannabinoids, that that’s one thing we always just consider,” he said.

Raquel Barbiellini, a Community Action Youth & Drugs Advisor for Auckland Council, is concerned that the synthetic drug will only increase in popularity on the underground market.

She told Vice that while many young who have tried it have not gone back, its cheap market value could see its use sky rocket.

“There’s also a social justice side of it. It’s quite easy and cheap to produce it, and when you have a black market when drugs are illegal, and people with access to drugs, there’ve been these deaths. We know that richer people have access to better drugs – that’s the reality.

“And kind of groups have been using it, because its cheaper — it’s not the expensive drugs [that are killing people in these numbers]. There is a lot of stigma around using drugs in New Zealand and when you talk about such a marginalised group of people that really the services will need to got to? That’s a real justice issue.

“The majority of people who think it’s bad and know it’s bad are staying away. But it’s still in the market, and we think it’s going to be increasing in the market.”

What are synthetic drugs?

• Smokable products containing varieties of plant matter that have been infused with synthetic cannabinomimetic substances.

• They act in a similar way to cannabinoids naturally found in cannabis such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

• Therefore these products were intended to be a legal alternative to cannabis, but are now banned.

• Synthetic drugs act on the same brain cell receptors as natural marijuana, but are more likely to cause hallucinations and heart problems.

• Synthetic drugs has also been linked to an increased risk of seizures.

• Effects include, but are not limited to: decreased motor co-ordination, fast or irregular heartbeat, disassociation, dizziness, paranoia, psychosis.

• Use of synthetic drugs in New Zealand has also been linked to renal failure and heart failure.

(Source: alcoholdrughelp.org.nz)

Where to get help

If you, or someone you know, is using synthetic cannabis, police urge you stop immediately and seek help if needed by contacting your local GP or by ringing the Alcohol and Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797 or text 8681 7 days a week to speak to a trained counsellor.

If you or someone else is in immediate danger call 111.

 

Source :  New Zealand HERALD