PNG Hunters News Update - Former Players in the UK and Australia

Update: Further to a post on PNG Hunters former players, this post provides an update on where the 2014 Grand Final winning players' club in the UK and Australia. 

Pic: @rmt_1982.Rob Terrace
Many players who had the opportunity to move to play overseas have either stayed with the teams they were contracted with or moved around. So, this is the latest on where the original PNG Hunters are mid-2019.
  • Barrow Raiders
Wartovo Puara
Stargroth Amean
Willie Minoga

The club released Willie to travel back to PNG on family reasons. Here is what the Barrow Raiders said on Twitter
'Willie Minoga is about to board a flight for PNG. His pregnant wife has been involved in a serious road accident and the club has given Willie's two weeks compassionate leave so he can be with his family. 

Our thoughts are with you Willie from all at Barrow Raiders' 
  • Doncaster RLFC 
Watson Boas (loan)
*Menzie Yere (loan)
Jason Tali

Featherstone Rovers released Watson Boas on loan to Doncaster RLFC. Watson played 11 games and scored 4 tries. He did not feature in the plays in late April 2019 due to availability of other Rovers halves. 
Featherstone CEO Davide Longo said 
'The coaching team at Featherstone Rovers will monitor Watson closely and be very much in regular contact with the Doncaster coaching staff and the player'
The Boas brothers, Watson and Ase, and Thompson Tete joined the second tier club early in 2019. They play several games for the Rovers. 

Thompson Teteh nursed a suspected shoulder injury.

Ase returned home due to family reasons. He is now back with the PNG Hunters 2019.

Watson is now playing for the Doncaster RLFC with two other Papua New Guinean internationals Menzie Yere (on loan from Sheffield Eagles) and Jason Tali.

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SUPREME COURT DECLARES UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND INVALID REMOVAL OF PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION POWERS AND FUNCTIONS 2014

The Supreme Court on 28 March 2019 declared unconstitutional and invalid forthwith Constitutional Amendment Laws passed by the National Parliament in 2014 removing the independent powers and functions of the Public Service Commission (PSC) relating to the appointment, suspension and revocation of appointment of Departmental Heads, Provincial Administrators and heads of Statutory Regulatory Authorities (RSA). The Court further declared invalid with immediate effect all the subsequent or consequential Acts of Parliament and Regulations (see below) passed by Parliament under these Constitutional Amendment Laws.

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The basis of the declaration was that the National Parliament failed to comply with the mandatory procedures prescribed by Section 14 of the Constitution relating to enacting Constitutional Amendment Laws.

In 2014 Dr Philip Kereme PhD., the Chairman of the PSC filed an application as a private citizen challenging the Constitutional validity of the Constitutional Amendment Laws passed by the Parliament in 2014. The opposing parties were: Peter O’Neill (Prime Minister), Ano Pala (Minister for Justice and Attorney General), Theo Zurenuoc (Speaker). These laws are:

1. Constitutional Amendment (No. 38) (Appointment of Certain Offices) Law 2014; and 2. Organic Law on Provincial Governments and Local-level Governments (Amendment) (No 13) Law 2014.

These Constitutional Amendment Laws removed the PSC’s respective powers and functions relating to the appointment, suspension and revocation of appointment of Departmental Heads, Provincial Administrators and the heads of Regulatory Statutory Authorities by repealing Sections 193 and 208B of the Constitution. To give effect to these laws the Parliament repealed the Public Services Management Act 1995 and enacted the Public Service Management Act 2014 (PSMA) (relating to dept. heads & Prov. Administrators), the Regulatory Statutory (Appointment to Certain Offices) (Amendment) Act 2013 (relating to heads of Regulatory Statutory Authority). The 2014 PSMA established the Ministerial Executive Appointment Committee (MEAC) which had powers to deal with the appointment, suspension and revocation of appointments of Departmental Heads and Provincial Administrators. The PSC’s independent involvement in these processes were removed and its powers and functions conferred on the MEAC. MEAC comprises five Ministers in which the Minister responsible for Public Service is the Chairman.

The process in summary was that MEAC would determine all matters relating to the appointment, suspension and revocation of Departmental Heads and Provincial Administrators and recommend to the National Executive Council, of which they are members. In the absence of the PSC it is a political body prone to make decisions based on political interests and not necessarily on merit.

As a result of the Court’s determination of the Constitutional Amendment Laws it declared that the related statutes which the Parliament had enacted to further implement these Constitutional Amendments are now declared unconstitutional and invalid forthwith. These Statutes are:

1. Public Service Management Act 2014.
2. Regulatory Statutory (Appointment to Certain Offices) (Amendment) Act 2013.
3. Public Service (Management) (Employment of Departmental Heads) Regulations 2014.
4. Public Service (Management) (Employment of Provincial Administrators) Regulations 2014.
5. Regulatory Statutory (Appointment to Certain Offices) Regulations 2013.

The legal effect of the Court’s decision is that the terms of Section 193 and 208B of the Constitution pre-2014 remains in force. The PSMA 1995 and the RSA 2004 remain in force. There is no vacuum and no gap in the law and therefore there should be no confusion.

For the avoidance of doubt and perhaps even confusion, the Supreme Court declared that all or any actions taken under these laws now declared unconstitutional and invalid shall remain valid. In other words, any appointments, suspensions and revocations of appointments made remain valid. The Interveners were ordered to pay the Applicant’s costs of the proceeding.

Dr Kereme did challenge the Constitutional validity of the Organic Law on Provincial Governments and Local-level Governments (District Development Authority) (Amendment) Law 2014 and the District Development Authority Act 2014 in his proceeding but the Court excluded these at the preliminary stage on 10 August 2017 on the basis that these did not relate to the PSC's powers and functions.

Finally, this is a victory for good governance and the well-established systems and the laws and for the People of Papua New Guinea, in particular, the Public Service.
I commend Dr Philip Kereme for taking the action in his capacity as a private citizen.

NASFUND Member Benefits and Interest

The magic of compound interest.

NASFUND members should take advantage of the benefit of compound interest while contributing towards their retirement savings. 

Source: NASFUND Facebook | 23rd March 2019

Chief finance officer, Rajeev Sharma said that, the benefit of compound interest can be seen when NASFUND member does not withdraw funds for the long term. Compound interest will further grow member's balance if the  member increases an additional amount from the normal mandated contributions of the member or employer contributions.


In an example of a member who has contributed for 30 years.

The illustration below shows the benefit of increasing one’s contribution through voluntary contribution of K50 and K150 with an assumed average return of interest of 5% for the period of 30 years. 

Additional Contribution (K) 
10yrs    20yrs       30yrs          
K50      K7736      K20, 339   K40, 866

K150   K23,207    K61,007    K122,579

A member who increases an additional contribution of K50 for the next 30 years will have a total additional balance of K40,866, out of which he would have contributed only K 18,000 and balance of Kina 22,866 would come from interest. 

However, if the NASFUND member increase an additional of K150 for the next 30 years, the member will have K122, 579 as his total balance.

“This is the magic of compound interest”, he said. 

“This will happen if the member does not touch the funds while still contributing and the savings will grow through interest that is being credited by the FUND annually”. 

NASFUND has paid K1.4 billion as crediting amount to it’s members in the last six years

Unitech Application for Re-admission Application

Universty of Technology (Unitech, Lae) 2019 Semester 2 Application for Enrolment now open for readmission of discontinued or suspended or withdrawn students.


Key points:
  • Application for students who are seeking re-enrolment for semester 2, 2019.
  • Non-refundable application fee is K50.
  • Applicatoin for re-enrolment to an undergraduate study closes on 20th APRIL 2019.
  • Apply now
Here is the official letter from the Registrar, UNITECH.

RECOMMENDED READING: The University Graduate Assistantship Program (GAP) is a competitive postgraduate Scholarship Program that is available for exceptionally qualified Unitech graduates ONLY to Masters and PhD programs. See the list of programs.

2019 Application form undergraduate
Source: Notice of Re-admission out on the 14th March 2019 | Closing date 20th April 2019

Very important notice

1. Applicants seeking re-admission should take note that:

i. If you have previously failed 2 time in the past year or 3 times in any of the subsequent years of you program of study then you are automatically disqualified from re-admission in that program.

ii. If you have not completed your program of study within the prescribed allowable period of completion (DEGREE PROGRAM – 7 YEARS) then you are automatically disqualified from re-admission in that program.


2. A non-refundable fee of K50 is to be deposited into:

     PNG University of Technology
    Account Number 1000 386581
    Bank South Pacific
    Lae Branch

The original bank receipt must be attached to the application form and sent to:

    The Admission Office (NLS APPLIC)
    Papua New Guinea University of Technology
    Private Mail Bag
    Lae
    Papua New Guinea

3. Faxed or emailed copies of the 2019 Unitech Application form for re-admission will not be accepted.

4. Application form is available on the PNG UNITECH website (http://www.unitech.ac.pg).  You can also request for an application from through the email address stated below (9).

5. Application close on the 20th of April 2019. Any application forms received after the closing date will be rejected.

6. Applicants are required to carefully read through the instructions and strictly comply to avoid outright rejection of their application forms.

7. Applicants who are caught with forged/altered documents will be blocked and permanently disqualified from ever applying to any program at UNITECH in the future.

8. The university will not accept two or more applications from an applicant.

9. Any queries regarding the 2019 UNITECH application form for re-admission or the above should be directed to the Admission Office on telephone (675) 473 4289 / 472 4283 / 473 4445 or email admission@pnguot.ac.pg

The 2019 application for admission to Unitech program of study Public Notice was posted the 14th of March at the university’s website.

Immigration and Development: Is Papua New Guinea a Temporary Settlement?

This is a script from the History of Papua New Guinea Immigration and Development - an article based on recollection and experience of the writer. 


Temporary settlers

The immigrating population in PNG may refer to foreign nationals looking to Australia and New Zealand as their destinations. The bureaucracy may not have allowed them to get into the intended countries. Many possibly have families and friends living there which makes it more attractive destinations from the outside.

They remained in PNG taking up job making PNG a temporary transit home. In hindsight, time is of the essence before they would steal the opportunity to make it to their Promised Land.


Refugees on Manus Island

The Manus Island Immigrants Detention Centre created by the Australian Government is an immigration burden to PNG. In fact, PNG would be happy for Australia to whatever it wants with them. 

The detention adds to social development issues on the island. The immigrant children born to local women faced an uncertain future.

The big question going forward is what is going to happen to the immigrants on Manus Island? What about the children they are having with the local women on Manus?

Will Australia take responsibility of the children who are born to the immigrants on Manus as Australian citizens? They cannot be left stateless. 

The social implications on the lives of the refugees and their children are the results of the policy decision by the Australian government.

The boats were diverted to Manus. The question is when is it going to arrive at their destination.

Refocusing immigration on development 

The recent immigration pattern is completely distorted. The temporary migrants and Manus Refugees do not have any bearing on the development of the country. Not long term benefits at all!

PNG history showed us that immigration and development worked well in the past when the intention is for developing the country.

Perhaps it is important PNG recognises immigration as a driver for development. Immigration patterns have been left unchecked for a long time. As a developing country, immigration must be for development. 


The complete article attempts to show the positive impacts of immigration on development in the past. And compares it to present immigration patterns. 

Life after Secondary School and Uni is about How to Make Money - Job

Many students are looking for opportunities after Grade 12 and universities to find nothing. Some are probably not well prepared (or prepare themselves well) for life after school.

This post is the first of a series on PNG Insight. It aims to help teenagers use the Internet and technology to live productive lives after school and how to make money online.


Below is the first part of the series on 'How to Start a Personal Free Blog ar School'.

You can read (and download) the complete 7-page series. Click on the image to access the information. 


how to make money
CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO TO READ THE COMPLETE SERIES
The young people today have opportunities that many in the past did not have - access to the Internet, social media and computers for example. In fact, with access to the Internet and technology comes lots of opportunities too. There are many ways to use the internet to improve your lives.

Here are three powerful ways to bring out the best in you. Say no to the wasted and lazy times. Starve your distraction. Feed your focus. Start with these and you'll position yourself in a comfortable position to win after school life.

1. Read
Picking up a book is the hard part. When you have actually picked up the book and read it, you would not want to put it down. That is where the adventure starts.

You go on new and exciting adventures every time you read. Challenge yourself to read one or two books every term. 

2. Write
One way to showcase your creativity is to write. Writing is a skill not many people develop early. It takes time and effort to stitch together sentences, paragraphs and articles. Like many things, developing writing skill needs practice. 

Use Social Media and free blogs and be creative. Avoid slang. Write in full sentences. Write about things you are *passionate* about. Your passion will bring the best out of you. You'll enjoy every moment of writing for a long time.

Your first true writing will not be the final. You'll go on and create amazing and inspiring work. So start now. Find out about how to Create a Blog here.

3. Make money
Learn how to make money early. If you know how to make money at Secondary School or uni and perfect the skill at doing it, you'll go on to becoming a successful person after school.

In fact, you do not have to work for someone else. Many people start early at school or uni and become successful along the way. 

Have you heard of the common saying 'kill two birds with one stone'? This is it - you do something to make money and develop your life-skills while doing it. 

Some examples of making money online you are still at the school include the followng start-ups like:

1. Blogging (and to develop your writing skills) 
2. Maths or English Tuition (develop your numeracy and literacy skills)
3. Social Media Marketing and Promotion agents (develop your social media skills and put the time you spend on social media to something useful)
4. Website/Wordpress developer (develop your creativity)
5. YouTuber (create trending and viral YouTube clips)

You can, actually, make money out of the 5 examples presented to you above. Students who are great with the use of the Internet and technology can do well in these areas. 

Why start now?

Internet penetration in Papua New Guinea is better than it was 10 years ago. Some insiders believe that that the mobile coverage in Papua New Guinea for both bmobile/Telkom PNG and Digicel combined is over 95%. 

Recent talks of building a high-speed broadband facility in and around Papua New Guinea is promising. So how can young Papua New Guineans be part of this revolution? The answer is simple - get on the bandwagon before you are left behind. 

If you - a Secondary or Uni student - don't do it now, someone else will do it. Start now while the Internet market in Papua New Guinea is unsaturated.

Create your future

Only you can prepare yourself for life after school. Read. Write. Learn how to make money. Do all three and you'll come out prepared to face real life. 

Read the complete series here or message PNG Insight on Twitter to get a copy of the FREE e-Book. 


How to download Twitter video (or GIF)

It is easy to download video and GIF files from Twitter. You can use the 4 steps listed below to do exactly that - download Twitter videos on android or computer. 


It is important to do two ethical things if the video is not yours:

1. Seek the owner's consent before downloading and using it, or
2. Give credit where it is due.

In cases where you intend to monetise the video online or offline, give credit and attribute disclaimer as/when necessary. 

This post encourages content creators to use this download option ethically and responsibly. Enjoy.


How to download video (or GIF) from Twitter

Step 1: Get the link of the Twitter status (Here id how to get the URL - YouTube)


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Step 2: Link input into the form field (See the 5 Twitter video downloaders below)


twitter video download

Step 3: Choose the download option


andriod video download


Step 4: Download


viral video download


That's it. 
You are done!


5 Popular Twitter Video Downloaders

1. savetweetvid.com

2. getmytweet.com 

3. twdown.net

4. twittrdownloader.com

5. tweetvideodownloader.com

For clarity, check out Twitter Video Download instructional video on YouTube.