By An Anonymous Member of the Royal PNG Constabulary
No police service anywhere in the world can meet the high expectations and demands of the people they swore to serve and protect. The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary is no different however, statistics on the claims against the state for damages and atrocities in the past and especially the recent killing of a mother in Lae and the Hanuabada incident allegedly by members of the Constabulary show that the RPNGC has gone wayward in terms of how it is conducting police business. Of all the issues that are contributing to the rise of this trend, none has a more devastating effect than the issue of Leadership within the entire organization.
Most of the commanders, supervisors and leaders in the Police Service are of bad quality. In the front line (Public Safety, Traffic, Response unit, Mobile squad etc.) most of the Section commanders and…
A colleague of mine, Steven Matainaho (Steven Mfor short) who studying in China recently forwarded a copy of his latest single to me and I like the tune.
It blends a uniquely catchy mix of Island Reggae, Hip-Hop and PNG Pop which is sure to tag a following once it hits the airways.
The single, Work It Out, is a collaboration with Justin Wellington and Hausboi’s John Faunt. It has been released under the Mangrove label; a move many Papua New Guinean and Pacific artists are taking.
He now joins the list of artists including Hausboi, Ansolm, Justin Wellington and Shazry who have released under the New Caledonian label.
Steven has also informed me that the music video will be coming out soon and we get first dibs on reviewing it.
The last day of competition ended yesterday. However, due to time limitations I have not been able to post an update. For those who have been waiting, here it is.
The final medal tally for Papua New Guinea (PNG) is 16 medals; 2 silver and 14 bronze. It is unfortunate that we did not take any gold but we have only ourselves to blame.
The competition part of the program ended around 9:00pm before we were ferried to our Sayonara (Farewell) party at Yat Sen Hall which ended around 11:30pm.
Today the athletes and officials took time off to visit Suva city. However, being a Sunday, most of the shops were closed except for the MHCC mall. We also met a wantok from Finchaffen, Morobe who has been here for so long she has forgotten her own language.
It also happens that this wantok is related to our most senior athlete, Sempai Julius Piku. What are the chances!?
Before allowing the athletes to take the sights, a briefing was held and an analysis was done on individual performances. I believe the PNG Karate-do Federation (PNGKF) will release a media statement later in the week. However, we have a lot of work to do if we want to be the best in the Pacific Games in 2015.
Personally, I believe the Oceania championships are a higher standard that the Pacific Games because Australia and New Zealand are allowed to participate. It provides a good gauge in which we can compare our standards with the world.
The team will be traveling back home today. We will travel from Suva to Nadi around 1am on Monday morning where we will be boarding a plane around 5am.
I estimate our arrival at Port Moresby around 11am.
Today is the third day and the start of formal competition. The event was also enhanced with the presence of the World Karate Federation (WKF) President Mr Antonia Espinos and Oceania Karate Federation (OKF) President Mrs Makarita Lenoa.
The kata events were first in line, followed by the children and cadet kumité. Unfortunately, our kata competitors did not win any gold medals but we managed a silver and a couple of bronze medals. However, tomorrow the bulk of our athletes will compete and there are a few gold medal potentials.
Team PNG also squeezed in their own version of the hakka after the Kiwis decided to put up a challenge. The Fijians, New Caledonians and Tahitians also took the challenge by the Kiwis head on.
While the team were busy supporting our athletes Llane and I were preoccupied helping Philomena with the SET system and other table duties so we did not have much time to cheer our team. However, it seems we have strong support among the local wantoks.
Also today another member of our delegation, Sensei Roy Stanley arrived, and hopefully the moral support will stir and inspire our athletes to go out there and do their best.
We will formally send out the results to the media once the competition has ended.
Today the athletes had another round of training in the morning at Yat Sen and later a session for the kata competitors at Albert Park.
Almost all the other countries are here now and as usual the Australians probably have the largest contingent. New Zealand and New Caledonia have also arrived. Unfortunately, our smaller Melanesian brothers have not sent any athletes.
Another member of our contingent, Sensei Mark Vele, also arrived today.
Everyone is psyched up and ready for tomorrow. Competition starts around 8:30am at the Vodafone arena and a wantok we met today has promised to come and give our guys some support.
Sapos ol wantok stap nambaot long Suva, kam na sapotim ol brata na susa blong yupla tumora.
random thoughts, ramblings, and anything that pops to mind