Papua New Guinea press review. International relations

A recently established school in Port Moresby that was built with funding from the Chinese government, is in danger of closing as its utility bills have gone unpaid. Butuka Academy director Jean Ifuda said they received notices from Eda Ranu and PNG Power to cut their water and power supply. Jean Ifuda said Butuka received assistance from the Government earlier in the year but had received nothing since, and that their money problems had begun after the Covid-19 outbreak. Ifuda said there was great assistance from partners and agencies but what the school really needed was funding. [1]

Crew members of an unnamed foreign ship intercepted by a PNG Navy vessel near Kavieng last month have denied violating local laws and withholding information from authorities. In the Kavieng District Court before Magistrate Patrick Baiwan were ship captain Shi Kehu from Fujian province in China, second-in-command Ying Kit Lam from Hong Kong, and crew member Mariglen Dhimogjini from Albania. They have been ordered to stay on board the vessel berthed at the Kavieng port, under a 24/7 police guard.
The unnamed vessel which police believe is linked to a K1.47 billion drug bust recently in Australian waters, was intercepted in waters north of Kavieng on Aug 23. They were charged with knowingly giving information that is false and misleading about the operation of the vessel and refusing to divulge names and contacts of persons engaged in its operation inside Pacific Island waters. [2]

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